Manx Litfest

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Country and Region United KingdomIsle of Man
Type of Festival Literary
Location of Festival Castletown, Isle of Man, British Isles, UK
Festival Contact Information

Manx Litfest
62 Ballacriy Park
Douglas, Isle of Man IM9 4LX
United Kingdom

Festival Description

The literary festival is a celebration of books for all ages. Writers will be reading from their works — fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The programs include talks, panel discussions, a seminar, workshops, performance storytelling, a poetry night, and a family fun event all at affordable prices.

Festival Dates September 26 - 29, 2013
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Festival Events:

Participating artists 2013:
  • Andrew Taylor
  • Alan Bradley
  • Matt Haig
  • Ben Haggarty
  • Adele Parks
    • We’re super excited to be bringing Adele Parks to the Island. Author of hugely popular ‘romantic comedy with attitude,’ Adele hit the literary scene in 2000 with her best-selling debut Playing Away. Since then, Adele has sold more than two million copies of her novels in the UK alone. Worldwide, her books have been translated into 25 languages. With numbers like those to her name, we’re confident she’ll be a big hit at Litfest.
  • Barbara Erskine
    • Also joining us will be Barbara Erskine. A historian by training, Barbara’s literary career kicked off in 1986 with the publication of Lady of Hay. She’s gone from strength to strength ever since, penning a further eleven novels and four short story anthologies, which have secured her position as one of Britain’s best-loved authors. Her latest novel is River of Destiny, which follows on the heels of Time’s Legacy and The Warrior’s Princess.
  • Victoria Lamb
    • Continuing the theme of the past will be Victoria Lamb, author of adult and young adult historical fiction. Witchfall, her latest offering, was published earlier this month and is the sequel to Witchstruck, which this year was named Young Adult Romantic Novel of the Year by the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Victoria’s real name is Jane Holland (she also writes fiction and poetry as Jane), and she boasts a strong Manx connection - she’s the daughter of the late best-selling romance novelist Sheila Holland, who was best known as Charlotte Lamb, and the family lived at Crogga on the Old Castletown Road for many years. We look forward to welcoming Victoria back to the Island.
  • Elen Caldecott
    • The children’s author has penned five books and her debut, How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant, was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize in 2009 and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Her latest, The Great Ice-Cream Heist, was featured by the Daily Express just last weekend as a ‘brilliant read for the summer holidays’.
  • Craig Bradley
    • A former stand-up comedian turned children’s performance poet, Craig Bradley is a hot ticket at festivals around the UK; in 2012, he was Poet in Residence at the Harrogate International Festival. And he’s much sought-after by schools - he visits around 150 schools each year, delivering workshops and readings - and inspiration - to thousands of children. We’re delighted to announce that Craig has agreed to be our quizmaster/compere for the second ‘Book Fanatics Quiz Night’ on Thursday, September 26. The action will take place in the Promenade Suite at the Villa Marina, with the team from the Henry Bloom Noble Library in Douglas expected to defend the title they won last year - it promises to be a great evening, so don’t miss out! We’ll be announcing ticket details soon.
  • Joe Beech
    • Joe Beech was diagnosed with dyslexia and dyspraxia aged seven and his first book, The Little Book of Dyslexia, mixes personal experiences with current applied research and findings to highlight the issues faced by people with dyslexia, in particular children. Joe is coming to the end of studying a BA in Physical Education and Education and his book is a guide for students, teachers, Special Educational Needs Coordinators and parents alike.
  • Paul Canon Harris
    • A teacher by profession, poet Paul Harris will be bringing his show, People Watching People-Watching, to the Erin Arts Centre on the final night of Litfest - Sunday, September 29. Paul’s first collection of poetry, Best Before, was published last year and he is a regular performer at festivals and arts venues in the UK and abroad. He’s recently added another string to his bow by completing his first novel.
A direct pitch for writers 2013:
  • Isle of Man writers are being offered the opportunity to pitch to an agent and publisher face-to-face during this year’s Manx Litfest. Literary agent Joanna Swainson and Mark Lloyd from Irish e-publisher Pillar International Publishing are returning to the Island for Litfest 2013 having proved a hit at last year’s inaugural festival.


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