Thursday, 20 November 2008

Manksa Festo Isle of Man Today:

This year's Cooish Manx and Inter-Gaelic Festival was probably the strongest yet, with fabulous visiting and local musicians and speakers, a wonderfully diverse Arrane son Mannin competition and three new books, signs and beer-mats in Manx launched.

Starting on Sunday, November 9, and finishing on Saturday, November 15, both weekends focused on the musical side of things, with great sets from The Mollag Band and Skeeal on the opening Sunday, and two fabulous entries for the competition…

…Manx language development officer for the Manx Heritage Foundation Adrian Cain launched various new products: an open/closed sign for shops in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, Manx beer mats with Bushy's and, on a more spiritual note, a new Manx prayer card – an idea originating with the Lord Bishop.

Three new books – a Manx translation by Peter Shimmin and Chris Sheard of Sophia Morrison's Manx Fairy Tales, a book of short stories called Ecstasy translated from the Irish by Rob Teare and a book of Manx bird names by Paul Rogers – were launched and are fantastic new resources for learners and speakers of all ages...

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