Comedy, poetry and arts
COMEDIAN Jenny Eclair, crime writer Mandasue Heller and visual artist Jessica Rankin are among those to have appeared at Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival over the past week.
Nearly 40 shows were put on over the duration of the annual festival, featuring drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word and visual arts.
Jenny Eclair was in conversation with BBC Radio Manchester presenter Becky Want about her new book of short stories, ‘Listening In’, in a sold-out show at St Chad’s Parish Church.
Mandasue Heller discussed her 15th novel in 15 years, Run, at Number One Riverside on Saturday, while Jessica Rankin was at Touchstones on Thursday evening, premiering her new series of drawings, paintings and embroideries.
Joining them on the bill were Hong Kong-born poet, academic and editor Sarah Howe; best-selling author Rosie Goodwin – who hosted an afternoon tea with Councillor Janet Emsley at Rochdale Town Hall - Terry Waite CBE; author Adam Perrot; and writer Mona Dash.
The Creative Word workshop was held at Rochdale Pioneers Museum, and award-winning theatre company Lip Service performed two sold-out nights of their show ‘Thrills and Quills – Jane Austen’s Life in Letters’ at Touchstones.
Karavan pulled up outside the Rochdale Pioneers Museum on Toad Lane, delivering storytelling workshops, and Natasha Brown from Brown’s Cakes on St Mary’s Gate talked about her new children’s book, Caught Cake Handed during her sold out ‘Icing and Writing’ workshop.
A popular attraction for youngsters were the Bat Workshop and Safari at Rochdale Pioneers Museum, before setting out ‘on safari’ around Rochdale town centre, and a Build a Bug workshop run by experts from Chester Zoo.
●●Terry Waite, CBE, was one of the headline attractions
●●The Build a Bug workshop hosted by Chester Zoo proved popular
●●Natasha Brown from Brown’s Cakes
●●Crime writer Mandasue Heller
●●Visual artist Jessica Rankin