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2018

SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER

TITLE: WRITERS' DAY

TIME: 9.00AM - 4.00PM
LOCATION: KING'S COURT THEATRE, KING WILLIAM'S COLLEGE, CASTLETOWN
COST: £25

Manx Litfest’s main event for writers, with something for everyone – a panel discussion on routes to publication (with Elizabeth Brooks and Rona Halsall), writing masterclasses, a storytelling workshop, and a Q&A with literary agent Jonathan Ruppin – and not forgetting the highly sought-after agent pitch slots, when writers get a one-to-one with Jonathan for feedback on their manuscript. Previous Writers’ Days have led to Island-based authors landing an agent – here’s hoping there is more success on the way after this year’s event.

It all gets underway at 9.00am with registration (and tea/coffee) and runs until 4.00pm. Tea/coffee and a buffet lunch are included in the price.

Event sponsored by PokerStars.

Please email bookings@manxlitfest.com to reserve your place.

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TITLE: STORYTELLING WORKSHIP

TIME: 10.30AM - 2.30PM
LOCATION: KING'S COURT THEATRE, KING WILLIAM'S COLLEGE, CASTLETOWN
COST: £25

Ben Haggarty is one of the world’s leading contemporary storytellers, creating and performing work inspired by international fairytale, myth & epic. This is his third visit to Manx Litfest and on his last visit, his storytelling workshop led to an Isle of Man storytelling group being established. Renowned for his playful, physical and often challenging performances, he regularly plays stages as diverse as Soho Theatre, The British Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Barbican, York Theatre Royal, and Cheltenham, Hay & Durham Literature Festivals. He has been a guest artist in over one hundred International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries. Ben was the driving force behind the revisioning of storytelling as a contemporary performing art in the UK. He is a much sought-after teacher and director of storytellers; Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin; and founder and Artistic Director of the legendary Crick Crack Club.

(Please note - this workshop is also open to those attending our Writers’ Day at King William’s College. If you are attending Writers’ Day, you don’t need to buy a ticket to Ben’s workshop)

Spaces are limited, please email bookings@manxlitfest.com to reserve your place.

benhaggarty.com

TITLE: THE WORLD OF NORM

TIME: 11.30AM - 12.30PM
LOCATION: CULTURE VANNIN, FAIRFIELD HOUSE, MAIN ROAD, ST JOHN'S
COST: FREE

Jonathan Meres’ brings his award-winning The World of Norm children’s books to Manx Litfest 2018, promising riotous fun for young readers! The ‘Norm’ series - about a normal boy called Norman, who lives with his parents and two annoying little brothers - has been translated into 16 languages. Jonathan, a Perrier Award-nominated stand-up comedian, is a hugely entertaining live performer and is in constant demand at schools and book festivals throughout the UK and beyond.

Spaces are limited, please email bookings@manxlitfest.com to reserve your place.

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TITLE: ONCE UPON A WILD WOOD - FAMILY DAY

TIME: 1.30PM - 4.30PM
LOCATION: GAREY NY CLOIE, ST JOHN'S
COST: FREE

We are thrilled to have former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell with us for this year’s Family Day, when the focus will be on his new picture book for younger readers - Once Upon a Wild Wood, which was published on August 23 by Macmillan.

Join Little Green Raincape on a journey through the wild woods and hear about the fairy tale characters she meets along the way. A magical event of fairy tale storytelling and drawing – including a draw-along for the audience (2.30pm-3.30pm). The beautiful Garey Ny Cloie is a perfect setting for the ‘Wild Wood’ – no tickets needed, just turn up on the day. And kids, you can of course bring some adults with you too!

chrisriddell.co.uk

TITLE: THE DEVIL, THE TSAR & THE 3 DRY BISCUITS

TIME: 4.30PM - 5.30PM
LOCATION:  KING'S COURT THEATRE, KING WILLIAM'S COLLEGE, CASTLETOWN
COST: £5 (OR £15 FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR)

Leading UK performance storyteller Ben Haggarty embarks on his rumbustious version of a famous Russian tale of outwitting and trickery. Scary, enchanting & comedic by turn, this tale of wonder comes complete with magical sacks, strange encounters, wild gambles and devilish adventure!

For all bold and brave children aged 8+ (and their adults).

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TITLE: POEMS TO LIVE YOUR LIFE BY - AN EVENING WITH CHRIS RIDDELL 

TIME: 8.00PM - 9.30PM
LOCATION: NOA BAKEHOUSE, FORT STREET, DOUGLAS
COST: £14.00

Enjoy an evening with former Children’s Laureate, author and illustrator Chris Riddell… Poems To Live Your Life By is a new book, published by Macmillan on September 20, featuring a collection of Chris’s favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between.

The book features illustrations from Chris and includes many famous poems, old and new, and a few surprises - classic verses from William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, W. B. Yeats and Christina Rossetti sit alongside poems from Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Carol Ann Duffy, Neil Gaiman and Roger McGough. The evening will include readings from some Isle of Man-based poets.

Political cartoonist for The Observer, Chris has written and illustrated numerous books, including his own Goth Girl and Ottoline series, and illustrated for many leading authors, including Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book), and JK Rowling (The Tales of Beedle The Bard, published next month).

Book using the link below, call 01624 600555, or visit the Villa Marina reception or Sea Terminal Welcome Centre. Also available from Bridge Bookshop in Port Erin and Ramsey.

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chrisriddell.co.uk

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