Book now: countdown to Manx Lit festival

SPECIAL BREW: Bushy's dedicated LitFest ale

SPECIAL BREW: Bushy's dedicated LitFest ale

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Tickets and programmes for Manx Litfest 2012 will be on sale tomorrow (Saturday, September 15) in The Strand shopping centre, with storytelling for kids and lots of Litfest goodies to give away.

The Litfest team will be based in what was the Early Learning Centre unit on the ground floor of The Strand, from 9am until 5.30pm, with tickets on sale for each of the ticketed events over Litfest weekend of September 27-30.

Manx LitFest

Manx LitFest

Youngsters can drop in during the day for storytelling sessions, giving the grown-ups time to find out more about the festival, pick up a programme of events and perhaps buy a ticket or two.

‘The countdown to Litfest really has begun,’ said festival director John Quirk.

‘We’re two weeks away now, and we can sense the buzz starting to grow – there are a lot of book lovers out there who can’t wait for the festival to get under way.

‘We held a media launch on Wednesday (September 12) at the Bay in Port Erin, where we unveiled the Manx Litfest ale – “Bestcellar” – kindly brewed by the team at Bushy’s.

‘The schedule is complete and is on our website – – and for Saturday at The Strand we’ll have the festival programmes hot off the press, and tickets on sale to all of our events.

‘We want to make Manx Litfest an annual event, and for that to happen we need the support of the wonderful Manx public.

‘We’re extremely grateful to the team at The Strand for accommodating us for the day, and we hope to see lots of people stop by during the day, young and old!’

The main festival hub will be within the Villa Marina Gardens, with free entry to events held within the marquees.

Other ticketed events will be staged in the Villa Marina’s Promenade Suite, The Gaiety Theatre, the Manx Museum, Milntown, Erin Arts Centre, Peel Cathedral, The Ship Inn in Castletown, and St John’s Mill.

For children, there will be a Gruffalo Hunt at Glen Helen on Saturday, September 29, from 10am-2pm, and the following day will see Castle Rushen transformed for our ‘Narnia meets Middle-Earth’ family.

Among the names appearing at the festival are Martin Bell OBE, crime writers Stuart MacBride, Ann Cleeves and Chris Ewan, Jasper Fforde, Jeremy Strong, Tom Palmer, Hilary Robinson, Gez Walsh, Thommie Gillow and J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis scholar Colin Duriez.

Manx Litfest is a registered charity (number 1100) and is supported by Manx Heritage Foundation, Manx Lottery Trust and the Isle of Man Arts Council, in addition to a number of sponsors who have either backed individual events or who offered services in kind.

Full details of the weekend schedule are available online at

For further information about the festival and the events, please email manxlitfest(at)

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