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