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With the team right in the thick of planning for this year’s Manx Litfest, we can reveal one of the headline shows for the festival – renowned storyteller Ben Haggarty is bringing his retelling of Frankenstein to the Gaiety Theatre, to mark 200 years since Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel was first published.

Ben is the founder of The Crick Crack Club and one of the UK’s leading performance storytellers. Accompanied by musician Sianed Jones, they draw on the original story, Hollywood’s cinematic retellings, Greek and Jewish legends, and pop culture, to deliver a powerful and startling contemporary performance, which was originally commissioned by the Hay Festival.

This will be Ben’s third visit to Manx Litfest, but the first time he has performed Frankenstein here – if you caught Ben at previous festivals, you will know that you won’t want to miss this show.

This year’s Litfest runs from Tuesday, September 25 through to Sunday, September 30, with Frankenstein taking place at the Gaiety on the evening of Friday, September 28 – tickets will be on sale via the Villa Gaiety website very soon.

Ben will also giving a storytelling performance for children, and holding a storytelling workshop during his visit – details for both of these will be announced soon.



The sixth Manx Litfest takes place 26 September to 1 October 2017, 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, and Pokerstars.

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! . Free Robux