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The list of events for Manx Litfest 2018 will take shape below – specific dates/start times/venues will be confirmed asap, and other events added as when we have confirmation.

A printed festival programme will follow soon, and a PDF of the programme will be available for download/printing from this page. Printed programmes will are available from around the Island – bookshops, libraries, community centres, coffee shops and so on.



Introduction to Bibliotherapy – VENUE & TIME TBC - FREE event, but please email or call 640650 to reserve seat

Open Mic Poetry Slam - Noa Bakehouse, Douglas – 8pm-10.30pm – £4, tickets available from Noa Bakehouse (ticket price includes a tea/filter coffee and slice of cake OR a glass of wine OR a bottle of lager)


Literary-inspired songwriting workshop – with The Bookshop Band – TIME & TICKET DETAILS TBC – Andreas Church

Spinning New Tales from Old – writing workshop with author Zoe Gilbert – TIME & TICKET DETAILS TBC – Andreas Church

Zoe Gilbert and The Bookshop Band – 7pm-9.30pm – Andreas Church – Zoe will talk about her debut novel, Folk, with music from The Bookshop Band – tickets will be available from the Villa Gaiety soon


Book Fanatics’ Quiz NightNoa Bakehouse, Douglas – 8pm-10.30pm – £8.00, tickets will be available from the Villa Gaiety box office soon.


Schools’ Day – series of visits by authors, poets and storytellers to primary schools, secondary schools and colleges around the Island

Boy Meets Hamster – a Q&A with author Birdie Milano - Waterstones, Strand Street, Douglas – TIME TBC – FREE EVENT, please email or call 01624 679051 to reserve seat

Frankenstein – storyteller Ben Haggarty & musician Sianed Jones - Gaiety Theatre, Douglas – £15, concessions £12 – tickets available now from the Villa Gaiety website or call 01624 600555 


Writers’ DayKing William’s College – 9am-4.15pm – £30, for tickets please email

The World of Norm – author Jonathan Meres – VENUE/TIME/TICKETS TBC – for younger readers (and their adults)

Family Day - Once Upon a Wild Wood – Garey ny Cloie, St John’s – 1pm-4pm – FREE EVENT, just turn up – themed around the new picture book from author & illustrator Chris Riddell – kids bring along some adults and have some fun!

The Devil, The Tsar and The 3 Dry Biscuits – storyteller Ben Haggarty – VENUE/TIME TICKETS TBC – a show for all bold and brave children aged 8+ (and their adults)

Poems to Live Your Life By – with author & illustrator Chris RiddellVENUE/TIME/TICKETS TBC – a new book, illustrated by Chris and featuring a collection of Chris’s favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between


Goth Girl & The Sinister Symphony – with author & illustrator Chris Riddell – Castletown Civic Centre, Farrant’s Way – TIME/TICKETS TBC – for families but aimed at older children (7+) – Chris live-draws and talks about Goth Girl, with local musicians playing pieces mentioned in the book

Short Story Slam: The FinalNoa Bakehouse, Douglas – 3.30pm-6pm – FREE EVENT, come along and see who walks off with the top prize

Moonbrella, with performance poet Thommie Gillow - VENUE/TIME/TICKETS TBC


If you have any questions about the festival or the schedule, or would like us to drop some printed programmes to your place of work, drop us a line  –

We hope you all enjoy this year’s festival, and thanks from everyone involved with Manx Litfest for all the support – it’s very much appreciated!

The Litfest Team


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