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Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival – How To Think and What To Do to Make Your Writing Dreams Come True

17 October 2019

Thursday 17 October 2019
4.30pm - 6pm

The Royal Toby Hotel
Manchester Road
OL11 3HF


If you are feeling stuck, frustrated or at a loss of where to go next with your writing, then this taster masterclass from Dream Author Coaching and Sophie Hannah is just want you need!

Sophie will talk in depth about how to thrive as a writer, whether you have completed a manuscript, haven’t started, or don’t even know what it is you’re going to write yet!

Sophie’s books have sold by the million worldwide, and her psychological crime novel, The Point of Rescue, was adapted for television. She has also written three authorised novels featuring Agatha Christie’s iconic Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and recently helped to create a Master’s Degree in Crime and Thriller Writing at the University of Cambridge.

Suitable for: Ages 14+

The festival box office is located at Touchstones Rochdale. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm.

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival is aimed at celebrating and promoting the Maskew Collection of classic literature and philosophy at Rochdale Central Library, encouraging people to engage with books and ideas. Rochdale couple, Annie and Frank Maskew, met in Rochdale Library in the 1950s and shared a passion for reading and thinking. They left a sum of money to be used on resources and events related to literature and philosophy to ensure classic works are available for future generations.

Entry fee: Book in advance - £6

01706 924934

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