Author: Valerie Caine

Isle of Man: Architecture on Sea – The Buildings That Made the Seaside

 As part of the initiative Isle of Architecture, author, historian and enthusiast Dr Kathryn Ferry recently gave an illustrated talk based on the changing face of seaside architecture at the Centenary Centre in Peel. Dr Ferry spent her early years

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Celtic Media Festival Comes to the Isle of Man

   The Isle of Man has long been a focus of attention within the vibrant world of the film industry, its initial success said to be an early interpretation of Hall Caine’s novel The Manxman in 1916, which brought the

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Celebration and Contemplation – Manx Traditional and Original Music for Church Organ

This aptly named publication is an inspiring new book of Manx music which is likely to appeal to a wide range of music lovers, providing a collection of scores ideally suited for assorted occasions; including weddings, church services, funerals and

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Manx Words – A New Dictionary

If you’re one of the growing number of Manx language speakers, then you’ll be interested in the recent publication of a new pocket dictionary under the expressive title Manx Words. Produced jointly by Manx speakers James Harrison and Adrian Cain

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Manx Singers and Musicians Head for Pastures Old and New

   No matter what the temperature might be on the Isle of Man, things are hotting up for Manx music this month, with many singers and musicians heading for pastures old and new – together with a special weekend for

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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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