For fes­ti­val

Rochdale Observer - - LITERATURE AND IDEAS FESTIVAL -

de­tail­ing crim­i­nal called Run.

Later that af­ter­noon, au­thor and song­writer Adam Per­rott per­formed at The Wheat­sheaf Shop­ping Cen­tre com­bin­ing sto­ries and songs.

At the same time, writer Mona Dash ex­plored short sto­ries from The Whole Ka­hani at Rochdale Pi­o­neers Mu­seum.

The Whole Ka­hani is a col­lec­tive of Bri­tish fic­tion writ­ers of South Asian ori­gin and Dash’s read­ings gave a new voice to old sto­ries Manch­ester’s un­der­belly span­ning Manch­ester to Mum­bai.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon Natasha Brown opened her cake shop on St Mary’s Gate to the pub­lic, let­ting them try their hand and mak­ing an ic­ing face. Natasha has just re­leased her first chil­dren’s book, Caught Cake Handed, and used su­gar paste fig­ures to fash­ion her il­lus­tra­tions.

Even Ch­ester Zoo dropped in to hold a work­shop where kids and adults could build a creepy crawly cub­by­hole. Bug spe­cial­ists from the award-win­ning zoo taught at­ten­dees ex­actly how to make in­sect houses out of twigs, grit, grot and grime.

And the zoo also linked up with Manch­ester Sci­ence Fes­ti­val to run a bat work­shop, which in­cluded tips on where to find the noc­tur­nal crea­tures as well as in­for­ma­tion about their habi­tat and ecol­ogy. Later they took lo­cal kids on a ‘sa­fari’ around Rochdale town cen­tre.

Coun­cil­lor Janet Em­s­ley said: “We knew it would be hard to bet­ter last year but I think we did. We’ve had a real mix of well-known in­ter­na­tional names, pro­lific writ­ers and also some less cel­e­brated acts all play­ing to ca­pac­ity au­di­ences.

“The num­ber of pos­i­tive com­ments we have re­ceived from far and wide is fab­u­lous and I think this event is great for Rochdale. The fi­nale with Tony Walsh was truly in­spir­ing, a real emo­tional roller­coaster.

“I want to thank the team re­spon­si­ble for de­liv­er­ing an­other su­perb fes­ti­val and our spon­sors The Wheat­sheaf Shop­ping Cen­tre and JGM Agency.”

●●For­mer Home Sec­re­tary and Labour politi­cian Alan John­son talked about the third vol­ume of his award-win­ning mem­oirs ‘The Long and Wind­ing Road’

own work dur­ing the fes­ti­val fi­nale

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