Com­edy, po­etry and arts

Rochdale Observer - - LITERATURE AND IDEAS FESTIVAL - News­ @MENnews­desk

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

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