Rochdale Children’s Literature Festival

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Date: Saturday, 6 July 2024

Location: Rochdale Central Library, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU

Cost: Free

Time: 10am - 3pm

About this event

Join us for a day of reading celebration at Rochdale Central Library.

What's on

Come and join us for a day of bookish fun to remember. We have a lot of different activities for you and your family to enjoy.

Authors and book signings

  • Chris Mould - award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. Their work includes Pirates 'n' Pistols and Pocket Pirates: The Great Flytrap Disaster. Find Chris Mould on Instagram
  • Emma Reynolds - children’s book author and illustrator. Their work includes Amara and The Bats and Rescuing Mrs Birdley. Visit Emma Reynolds' website
  • Harry Heape - children's book author. Their work includes the Indiana Bones series and the Shiny Pippin books. Find Harry Heape on X
  • Loretta Schauer - children's book author and illustrator. Their work includes The Legend of Ghastly Jack Crowheart and Welcome to Dinosaur School. Visit Loretta Schauer's website
  • Oliver Sykes - award-winning author, writer, performer, poet and producer. Their work includes Alfie's First Fight and Tales of the Bold, the Brave and the Beautiful. Visit Oliver Sykes' website


  • Frolicked Theatre presents: The Alchemist
  • Poetry and spoken word with Griot Gabriel and Rochdale Sixth Form College
  • Tales From The Town Hall with M6 Theatre Group and Falinge Park High School

Walkabout Theatre

  • Alien Puppet Disco
  • Symbiotic
  • The Sap Lords


  • The Star Tree Studio
  • The Rap School
  • Touchstones and Hopwood Hall College
  • Skylight Circus

Stalls and family fun

  • Book archery
  • Book hamper raffle
  • Book tombola
  • Book-o-nut shy
  • Hook-a-book
  • Join the library
  • Library festival competition 
  • Schools' Reading for Pleasure
  • Summer Reading Challenge
  • Twisted Creation balloons
  • Vix face painting
  • Willy Wonka's Sweet Shop
  • Much, much more.


Events and activities are not organised by Rochdale Borough Council unless stated otherwise. Neither is Rochdale Borough Council responsible for the accuracy of the information provided. If you are under 18, ask your parent/guardian before taking part in any event or activity.

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