Sell­out shows

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PER­FOR­MANCE poet Tony Walsh took to the stage in the mag­nif­i­cent set­ting of the Church of St Mary in the Baum to bring the big­gest Rochdale Lit­er­a­ture and Ideas Fes­ti­val to a close on Mon­day (October 23).

Over the seven-day fes­ti­val thou­sands of peo­ple watched top lit­er­ary names that also in­cluded Jenny Eclair, Alan John­son, Terry Waite CBE, Jes­sica Rankin and Man­da­sue Heller.

More than 1,550 tick­ets were sold – and more than 1,000 peo­ple at­tended un-tick­eted events through­out the fes­ti­val and warm-up shows ear­lier in October.

The fes­ti­val proved a big hit, across all ages, with 15 sold out per­for­mances and big crowds across the week.

Co­me­dian, au­thor and Loose Women star Jenny Eclair kicked off pro­ceed­ings on Tues­day, October 17, at the Par­ish Church of St Chad. In­ter­viewed by BBC Ra­dio Manch­ester pre­sen­ter Becky Want, she spoke about her new book of short sto­ries en­ti­tled ‘Lis­ten­ing In’.

Wed­nes­day saw LipSer­vice - ‘Bri­tain’s favourite lit­er­ary lu­natics’ - per­form two sold out shows at the Touch­stones Rochdale gallery space. Their new play, ‘Thrills and Quills – Jane Austen’s Life in Letters’, ex­plores what the fa­mous writer would have writ­ten if she had ever taken to Twit­ter.

Vis­ual artist Jes­sica Rankin pre­miered a new se­ries of draw­ings, paint­ings and em­broi­deries in­spired by the Parthenon Sculp­tures at the Bri­tish Mu­seum, as well as the com­plex re­la­tion­ship be­tween a mother and daugh­ter.

The event saw Rankin joined by writ­ers Amy Kay, Sarah Howe and Brenda Shaughnessy, who gave their own po­etic in­ter­pre­ta­tions of her work.

Coun­cil­lor Janet Em­s­ley hosted an af­ter­noon tea at Rochdale Town Hall along­side best-sell­ing au­thor Rosie Good­win - one of the top 250 most-bor­rowed li­brary au­thors in the UK.

On Friday evening at The Cur­tain Theatre, Terry Waite CBE dis­cussed the five years he spent as a hostage in Beirut and his book about that time. Out of the Si­lence, a mov­ing se­quence of po­ems and re­flec­tions, tells the story of his or­deal.

One of the UK’s best loved crime writ­ers kicked off Satur­day at Num­ber One Rochdale.

War­ring­ton-born Man­da­sue Heller has been called ‘the Martina Cole of the north’. She dis­cussed her 15th novel in as many years - a thriller

●●The Wheat­sheaf Shop­ping Cen­tre hosted a day of fun fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties on Satur­day, in­clud­ing mu­si­cian Adam Per­rott

●●Per­for­mance poet Tony Walsh read some of his b

●●Au­thor Guy Bass brought his in­ter­ac­tive Spynosaur show to the Crown Oil Arena

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