Author: Valerie Caine

Launch of Poetry Book on World Book Day

The Enchanting Island of Cushag is the most recent publication to be launched under the auspices of Peel Heritage Trust with the Peel City Guardian, appropriately on World Book Day, at the Peel Clothworkers School. Cushag was the pen-name of

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Plenty of Entries at the World Bonnag Championships

  The annual World Bonnag Championships was a great opportunity to combine a talent for baking with an evening’s entertainment, drawing competitors and onlookers from all parts of the Island. The Manx bonnag is a simple, un-yeasted bread which once

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Celtfest – a Fresh New Name for the Island’s Annual Summer Festival!

  There’s a fresh new name on the festival calendar, but behind it a rich background of history and social enterprise. Celtfest Isle of Man has been organised by Yn Chruinnaght (a group of like-minded individuals who love all things

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William Kennish Memorial Dedication Ceremony

  With the success of a local campaign to raise funds for a permanent gravestone at the burial site of one of the Island’s unsung heroes, there was an opportunity for some of those involved with the project to view

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Festival Season Springs into Life

 With daffodils raising their heads well above the parapet, in a seasonal surge of expectation and solidarity, it’s a sure sign that the festival season is about to spring into life. Manx performers will be entertaining audiences both at home

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The Hammer of Thor

Despite its title, this book has little to do with Norse mythology, but one of its meanings, ‘fearful destruction’, is a perfect epitaph of the life-changing consequences of what was termed the Great War. The effect of war is, by

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Celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight at Dalby

There’s a special event coming up at Dalby to mark Fairtrade Fortnight, where there’s sure to be a warm welcome, along with a film made during a visit to Kathmandu and an opportunity to purchase some tasty Fairtrade products. The

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Funds Secured for William Kennish Memorial

 As the worldwide achievements of Manx men and women continue to bring international recognition for the Isle of Man, Bob Stimpson and Roy Moore have successfully joined forces, as trustees, to raise funds for a memorial to be dedicated to

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Making Celtic Connections at one of Glasgow’s Biggest Festivals

 If there’s one way of shaking off those winter blues, it’s undoubtedly a visit to the hugely successful Scottish festival Celtic Connections, where musicians linked to the Manx music scene showed ticket holders just how vibrant the trad scene is

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Candle-lit Concert Boosts Funds for Knockaloe Project

A local charity, challenged with the task of establishing a new project in the village of Patrick, recently held a special candle-lit musical evening to help raise funds for their vision regarding the World War I internment camp previously based

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