Runaway Robot is a funny and heart-warming adventure about two best friends helping put themselves back together, from the award-winning Frank Cottrell-Boyce, and illustrated by Steven Lenton. When Alfie goes to Airport Lost Property, he finds more than he bargained for. A lot more. Because there’s a giant robot called Eric hidden away on the shelves. Eric has lost one leg and half his memory. He’s super strong, but super clumsy. He’s convinced that he’s the latest technology, when he’s actually nearly one hundred years old and ready for the scrap heap. Can Alfie find a way to save Eric from destruction - before Eric destroys everything around him? Runaway Robot is Frank’s new children’s novel, following previous hits such as Millions, Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, and three Chitty Chitty Bang Bang adventures.
This special ecopoetry workshop is inspired by Planet in Peril, a new anthology for our time featuring poetry, photography and art by creatives from across the globe, who have united to express the urgency of climate and ecological breakdown. The anthology’s editor, Isabelle Kenyon, will be co-hosting the workshop with Island-based poet Janet Lees, who has a poem included in the book. Isabelle and Janet will use writing exercises to help you create new poems on the Planet in Peril theme, and you’ll have the opportunity to share your work in the poetry open mic session in the afternoon. Open to poets of all ages.
This open mic poetry event is inspired by the newly launched Planet in Peril anthology which features poetry, photography and art from across the globe, addressing climate and ecological breakdown. Come and share your poems on climate and ecology at what promises to be a powerful event, hosted by the anthology’s editor Isabelle Kenyon and poet Janet Lees. Open to poets of all ages. There will be copies of the 128-page hardback anthology available to buy, with 20% of profits going to WWF and the Climate Coalition.
The fifth Short Story Slam sees writers competing for the coveted shield (kindly donated by Zoe Cannell, who won the first Slam back in 2015) – and a free pass to all events at Manx Litfest 2020! Pam Teare won the title in 2016, with Benjamin Hickey triumphant in 2017 and Kim Kneen victorious last year. This is a free event, both to enter a story and to attend. To register a story, and to get the full rules, email firstname.lastname@example.org – the closing date to register entries is Wednesday, September 11. Depending on the number of entries received, we may need to hold two heats in the run-up to the festival, with the best stories from each heat going through to the final.
At half-time, we’ll be announcing the winners of the relaunched Olive Lamming Writing Prize, which was open to poets and short story writers based in the Isle of Man. The poetry competition was judged by Usha Kishore and Janet Lees, with the Elizabeth Brooks and Rona Halsall running the rule over the short stories.
Storyteller Jon Buckeridge brings the curtain down on Manx Litfest 2019 with a new show - The Once and Future King, based on the legend of King Arthur: ‘Merlin is old… really old. He’s lived twenty lifetimes and each one has made him more dismal and depressed than the last. Now a washed-up pub-singer with a serious drinking problem and an even more serious inability to die, his only comfort is to look back at times gone by. Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Camelot; the ghosts of his past are always with him. If you buy him a drink, he’ll tell you all about them. He’ll probably tell you about them even if you don’t. The Arthurian legends are woven into the very fabric of Celtic Britain and have inspired and delighted audiences from all over the world for hundreds of years. Parable Arts are proud to present our own inventive and irreverent take on these timeless tales, blending live music with skilful storytelling, this heartfelt and hilarious production re-imagines King Arthur and the court of Camelot with a sincerely sardonic spin.’