The inaugural Manx Litfest will take place in the Isle of Man over four days in September this year, bringing together bestselling authors and renowned poets from around the British Isles.
It will be a colourful celebration of the written word, with events including readings, Q&A panels, talks, library events, school visits, workshops and performance storytelling. Joining our visiting authors and poets will be some of the Island’s finest writing talent, to produce an eclectic mix with one aim – to enthrall, captivate, charm and enchant readers.
Whether your interest as a reader is in politics, crime, fantasy, drama, humour, historical fiction, poetry, children and young adults, wildlife or travel, there will be something for everyone. We carried out a lengthy research project to ascertain what types of writers and poets the Manx public wanted to see and have worked closely over the last eighteen months with book groups, libraries, schools and societies such as the WI, the Manx Dyslexia Association and the One World Centre.
The Island itself has proved to be a fantastic attraction when approaching authors, poets and storytellers. Some visited the island as children; some still visit; and one, Jasper Fforde, even uses the Island as the base for one of his despicable villains.
AUTHORS, POETS & PERFORMERS
RJ Ellory – author of nine novels, including A Simple Act of Violence, which was named the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year at the 2010 Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, beating Ian Rankin, Peter James and Mark Billingham.
Jeremy Strong – popular and prolific children’s writer, with nearly 30 books to his name – including The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog, Cartoon Kid and My Brother’s Famous Bottom.
Jasper Fforde – creator of the Thursday Next detective series, the Nursery Crimes Division series and, for younger readers, The Last Dragonslayer and sequel The Song of the Quarkbeast. The Fforde Festival, an event in his honour, is held each year in Swindon.
Ann Cleeves – crime author, whose series of books about DI Vera Stanhope are the basis for the ITV drama, Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn in the lead role. Ann has also written a quartet of novels based in the Shetland Islands, the first of which, Raven Black, was the first winner of the Crime Writers’ Association’s prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, the largest monetary award (£20,000) in the world for crime fiction.
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