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It is with great honour that we can announce that author (and Peel resident) Alan Bradley has agreed to become our first ever Patron.

Alan has been a great supporter of Manx Litfest over the years, featuring with fellow crime writer Andrew Taylor back in 2013. His series of books featuring young sleuth Flavia de Luce are published around the world and the ninth – Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d – is published next month.

But the exciting news doesn’t stop there. Alan has agreed to launch the new Flavia novel at Manx Litfest, which will take place at 11.30am at the House of Manannan on the last day of Manx Litfest 2016 – Sunday, October 2.

‘The team is thrilled that Alan has agreed to become our first Patron,’ said Festival Director John Quirk. ‘Alan is both a fine person and a fine writer, and he understood what we were trying to do when we got the festival off the ground in 2012, and has supported us – sometimes behind the scenes – over the years.

‘Having the new Flavia mystery launch at this year’s festival is a real honour for us, and we’d also like to thank Bridge Bookshop in Port Erin – our long-time partner bookseller – for offering to sponsor the launch of Alan’s new novel.’

The House of Manannan launch is a free event, however to help us gauge numbers, could those wishing to attend please email





The fourth Manx Litfest takes place 22-27 September 2015, bringing together readers, bestselling authors, renowned poets and brilliant illustrators from around the British Isles.

It’s going to be a colourful celebration of the written word – six days of readings, Q&A panels, talks, library events, schools’ involvement, workshops and performance pieces.

Manx Litfest is registered as a charity with the Isle of Man General Registry (charity number 1100) and we are hugely indebted to our sponsors and supporters, including Culture Vannin, the Isle of Man Arts  Council, Isle of Man Bank, Sure, Pokerstars and Bridson and Horrox.

How can you get involved? Whether you’re an avid reader, a parent or teacher looking to inspire children, a writer starting out on the path to being published, or an established author with some wisdom to share, we need your support to continue the Manx Litfest success story. You can get in touch with us at

Thanks for reading, keep an eye on the site as info is added… and we’ll see you in September!


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