Manx Litfest was sparked by a throwaway line following an event organised by author Chris Ewan back in 2010, when he brought three Scottish crime writers to the Erin Arts Centre.
Isle of Man writer John Quirk was in the audience, and on leaving the event, said to his friend, 'the Isle of Man needs more literary events like this'. To which his friend replied, 'then why don't you do something about it?'
After two years of drawing together a team of like-minded bibliophiles, long research and planning, and establishing Manx Litfest as a charity, the first festival was held at the end of September 2012.
It's been very much a real team effort since, and as we stage the seventh Manx Litfest in 2018, we would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has played their part over the years.
We'll be expanding on the roles of those involved with the festival once Litfest 2018 is out of the way, and as we start planning for 2019. Watch this space.