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Calling all readers and writers... The first Manx Litfest takes place later this month - September 27th-30th - with main festival hub based around the Villa Marina Gardens. Those appearing include former BBC war correspondent and MP Martin Bell, 'Vera' crime novelist Ann Cleeves, crime writer Chris Ewan, Jasper Fforde, Elizabeth Buchan, Tolkien scholar Colin Duriez, Neil Ansell, Roisin Meaney, Fiona O'Brien, children's authors Jeremy Strong, Hilary Robinson and Tom Palmer, poets Thommie Gillow, Gez Walsh and Michael Curtis, and leading UK performance storyteller Ben Haggarty, of the Crick Crack Club. There will be three marquees in the gardens - the main marque, for talks and a book fair; the family marquee, with storytelling for youngsters; and the food and drink marquee, for everyone to refuel. Entry to the 'hub' will be free. Other individual talks/events are taking place in the Promenade Suite and Gaiety - ticketed - as well as around the Island - Castle Rushen, Milntown, Greeba Castle, Erin Arts Centre, St John's Mill, Peel Cathedral and the Manx Museum. Most of these are ticketed, although one or two aren't. For a full run-down on the schedule, have a skeet here: http://manxlitfest.com/book-tickets/ You can follow latest updates by signing up to the email newsletter on our website, or on: www.facebook.com/manxlitfest www.twitter.com/manxlitfest As a bit of background, Manx Litfest has been established as a charity (number 1100) and is being supported financially by Manx Heritage Foundation, Manx Lottery Trust and IOM Arts Council. Without the help of these bodies, this wouldn't be taking place. A number of our individual events are being sponsored by companies, organisations and individuals - to which we are hugely indebted. If anyone has any questions, ask away - or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org We aim to make this an annual celebration of reading, writing and storytelling - everything is in place, all we need now is bums on seats to ensure it's a success! Many thanks for reading. Cheers Manx Litfest team