The 2019 Literature and Ideas Festival has now finished. We'll update this page once we have details of the next event.
An exciting week of arts for all ages from Monday, 14 October 2019 to Monday, 21 October 2019, covering drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children's shows. Guests include authors Milly Johnson, Harry Heape, and Hannah Lee, blogger Erin Ekins and illustrator Olivia Lomenech Gill.
The festival is aimed at celebrating and promoting the Maskew Collection of classic literature and philosophy at Rochdale Central Library, encouraging people to engage with books and ideas. Annie and Frank Maskew, a Rochdale couple who shared a passion for reading and thinking, met in Rochdale Library in the 1950s and left a sum of money to be used on resources and events related to literature and philosophy to ensure classic works are available for future generations.