This is an integral part of what Manx Litfest is all about – encouraging youngsters to read more and write more. Each year we send a team of authors, poets, illustrators and storytellers – both visiting and Island based – out around Manx primary and secondary schools to deliver a host of talks, workshops, readings and performances. This year we are reaching 25 schools and colleges.
Schools’ Day is sponsored by Estera
Rona’s debut novel, Keep You Safe, is a psychological thriller set in the Isle of Man. Rona was published by Bookouture in August 2018, as part of a twobook deal, and she will be guest of the day for the team on the Mobile Library, which continues to perform such a vital service for our community. Not only is it a meeting centre in the towns and villages where it makes its regular stops, the library provides a direct-to-your-door delivery service for avid readers who can’t get out and about.
Prize-winning children’s author Philip Ardagh entertains young readers in the fabulous setting of the Presence Chamber inside Castle Rushen. The author of more than 100 books, including his popular Grubtown Tales, Philip is one of the biggest names in children’s literature – literally – he is six feet seven inches tall!
Philip will be focusing on John Drawbridge – Medieval Knight in Training, with other titles in the series including Thomas Snoop – Tudor Boy Spy, and June Pinny – Victorian House Maid.
Q&A with author Birdie Milano.
Boy Meets Hamster, the debut novel from Birdie Milano, is a laugh-outloud coming-of-age story about 14-year-old Dylan Kershaw, whose idea of a dream holiday includes at least three things: beaches to bask on, cosmopolitan culture, and a chance for romance (or at least his first kiss) with another boy. Unluckily for Dylan, his mum’s treating the family to the least dreamy holiday ever: a £9.50 break at Starcross Sands, Cornwall’s Crummiest Caravan Park.
But Starcross Sands might not be so bad after all, especially if Dylan can win the heart of Jayden-Lee, the gorgeous boy in the caravan next-door. There’s only one thing standing in true love’s way: the park’s massive hamster mascot, Nibbles, who seems to have it in for both Dylan and his romantic chances. Boy Meets Hamster, for ages 11+, was published by Macmillan earlier this year and Birdie will be answering questions about the book and her writing.
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Discussion panel with poet Thommie Gillow and authors Elizabeth Brooks and Rona Halsall.
As we mark 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at the Gaiety Theatre later this evening, and with 2018 also marking 200 years since the birth of Emily Bronte, we look at the enduring influence of female writers on literature through the ages.
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Performance storytelling with Ben Haggarty & musician Sianed Jones.
From acclaimed UK performance storyteller Ben Haggarty and musician Sianed Jones comes this intense Steampunk interpretation of Mary Shelley’s classic Gothic tale, Frankenstein, which this year celebrates 200 years since it was first published. Originally commissioned by the Hay Festival, these two master performers explore the nature of the consciousness of a man made by man and the responsibility of the creator towards the created.
Truly a story for our times, Frankenstein speaks of power unleashed and our fear of the unknown. Drawing on the original story, Hollywood’s cinematic retellings, Greek and Jewish legends, and pop culture, this powerful and startling contemporary performance combines spoken narrative, vocals, bass and electric violin, to lure audiences into the imagined world of Dr Frankenstein and the monster he created.
Internationally renowned for his playful and dynamic performances, Ben Haggarty, founder of The Crick Crack Club, tells his stories with infectious charm and ease. Composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer Sianed Jones has been variously described as having a voice like that of a ‘wailing Welsh banshee’, ‘a soft seducer’ and ‘a passionate revolutionary’.
Please note - unsuitable for anyone under 16.
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