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123 young readers complete Big Friendly Read challenge

123 young readers completed this year's Summer Reading Challenge, the Big Friendly Read, most of whom packed the hall at Cronk y Berry School to receive their certificates presented by His Worship the Mayor, Councillor John Skinner JP who congratulated them on their 'marvellous achievement'.


Some of the winners of the Big Friendly Read challenge

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Manx Litfest 2016 - Sally Gardner: On Dyslexia

Unfortunately the Sally Gardner event tonight has been cancelled. Sally’s flight was unable to land due to the weather. The event may be rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Please keep checking the Manx Lit Fest Facebook page for updates. Apologies for any inconvenience.


As part of Manx Litfest on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00pm - 7:15pm Sally Gardner will be at the library!


Sally Gardner is a multi-award-winning novelist whose work has been translated into more than twenty-two languages. As a child, she was classified as ‘unteachable’ - before anyone mentioned the word ‘dyslexia’. She learned to read at fourteen, and hasn’t looked back since. Her novel Maggot Moon - featuring dyslexic hero Standish Treadwell - won both the Costa Children's Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal 2013, and she won the 2005 Nestle Children's Book Prize for her debut novel I, Coriander.
Sally will talk about her writing and dyslexia and its impact on children's learning. As she says: ‘We accept a diversity in sexuality and yet we refuse the accept diversity in the way children learn. Hasn't the time come for us to start celebrating the differences in ways in which we learn and look at the world?’

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Douglas Poetry Trail 2016 guide

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No Poet is an Island: Usha Kishore and the Isle of Man Poetry Society

As part of Manx Litfest Usha Kishore and the Isle of Man Poetry Society will be at the library on Sunday 2nd October from 1.30pm-3.00pm.


Organised by Isle of Man poet Usha Kishore, and featuring members of the IOM Poetry Society. Usha says: ‘Literary poetry in the Isle of Man is flourishing, despite our remote location. While speaking of poetry emanating from a small island off the north-west coast of England, one is often prone to the feeling of writing from the periphery. On the contrary, the island’s poets have been successful in their endeavour of promoting Manx poetry in the UK and internationally, have won awards and prizes in the UK and Ireland, and have been featured in international projects. The theme of “No Poet is an Island” defines the Manx poets’ determination to be heard within and without the island and highlights their successes further afield.’

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Manx LitFest Programmes

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