An exciting week of arts for all ages from Monday, 15 October 2018 to Monday, 22 October 2018, covering drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children's shows. Guests include Helen Pankhurst, Gervase Phinn, Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, Simon Armitage CBE and Louise Minchin.
There are also pre-festival events on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 and Thursday, 11 October 2018, featuring Rochdale Youth Theatre and Danny Lamb, the winner of the 2018 young writers' competition.
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.