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Shiaght Laa

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Final edition of the present series with Fiona McArdle. The Manannan Festival, the publication of a new collection of poetry and Tynwald - how does it work?
This week, the team take a look at the Manannan Festival, Loughtan Books and Laa Columb Killey
In this week's edition, Bob looks at Make Music Day, the Sophia Morrison Award and he hears about the life of James Alfred Curphey.
Bob Carswell brings us voices from the TT and Manx Grand Prix, also news of the Celtic Media Festival and Manx involvement and looks at 40 years of Culture Vannin.
Fiona McArdle presents the programme as Shiaght Laa hears from Phil Craine about Praying the Keeills 2022, and about two art exhibitions - Chief Executive of Hospice IOM, Anne Mills, tells us about The Big Splash Art Trail and how it will help
Shiaght Laa returns for a new series. Marilyn Crellin gives an overview of some of the events happening on the Island over the next few days, including Praying the Keills, Isle of Man History Day and a look at this weekend's celebration of 40 y
Fiona McArdle introduces a programme which takes quite a dramatic turn. Rushen Players present readings of ghost stories; Dilys Sowrey presents her musical, 'Ayres and Braces'; and President of the Manx Amateur Drama Federation, Michael Lees, t
Maralyn Crellin gives a brief overview of animals and birds in Manx music, after we hear from Liam Rice of the ManxSPCA about Dress Up As An Animal Day (Fri 18 Feb), fund raising, the welcome to volunteers and an opportunity for a varied role w
This week, the House of Keys debated whether prayers should remain part of the proceedings. The former Chaplain was also Archdeacon of Man, and we hear from the new Archdeacon. We also hear some prayers in Manx song.
The Director of Culture Vannin, Breesha Maddrell, talks to Phil Gawne about the history and work of Culture Vannin as it celebrates a significant anniversary with extra support for new projects. The deadline for applications is 14th February
The Island's rich cultural life in both Manx and English. This week features recordings and interviews from last Friday's ceremony to recognise Nigel Crowe as Reih Bleeaney Vanannan 2022.
We start with a dance associated with what appears on the modern calendar to be 17th January. The tune, Mylecharane's March, is a spritely version of a song long popular in the Island. The story of Mylecharane, a miser in the Jurby Curraghs, wh
The Island's vast tourist industry needed entertainment, and leading artistes popularised songs which led to large sales of sheet music and promoted the emerging recording industry. Florrie Forde spent many summer seasons in the Island and popu
The judicial murder of Illiam Dhone, William Christian of Ronaldsway, by firing squad on Hango Hill on 2nd January 1663 has resounded down through history in song and story. We hear songs old and new and poetry made about his death and how that
Fiona McArdle presents the final edition in this series of Shiaght Laa. We hear from Professor Hugh Davidson about William Milner, known mainly in connection with the iconic tower on Bradda Head. An exhibition about his life and work, 'William
The Maughold Crosses Group was formed in May to look at how the collection of carved crosses, currently housed in the churchyard under a shelter designed by Armitage Rigby in 1906, can be protected, preserved and presented for the future. We he
Maralyn Crellin introduces this edition, with an overview of three very different forthcoming events, three more pieces from the Isle of Man Poetry Society's Poetry Trail (continuing in Douglas, Ramsey and Peel until 31st October), and the stor
On the eve of the first Port Erin Jazz Festival, Jerry Carter reminds us of the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of music in the Bay Hotel and the Falcon's Nest. Thanks to James Franklin of Culture Vannin, we have an opportunity to hear a lit
We look at a presentation at the Erin Arts Centre called 'At the Season's Edge' by Tholtan Theatricals and Caarjyn Cooidjagh. The evening comprised two works commissioned by Culture Vannin: Cori Philips's short, amusing piece called 'Our Loch-y
The Isle of Man Poetry Society's Poetry Trail was officially launched with an event in St George's Church in Douglas on Saturday 11th September. Thanks to Ernie de Legh Runciman, we can hear some of the 20 winning entries for this year's trail
The Isle of Man Poetry Society has been organising an annual Poetry Trail for some years, placing ten poems in shops and other public places round Douglas. This year, the trail is expanding. Chair of the Isle of Man Poetry Society, Bethany de L
We visit the barn at Paul Costain's farm, Moorhouse, in Colby to join the ceremony at which the Seventh Manx Bard was named, robed and chaired. We hear Owen Atkinson reading some of his poetry and then telling us about how he works. By the end
The Isle of Man Arts Society was founded in 1953 with 28 members, but now has about 300. We hear the opening of this year's exhibition with Society President, David Sayle, and Chief Executive of sponsors, Ramsey Crokkall, Joanne Crookall, befor
We visit the bell-tower of St Thomas's Church in Douglas in the company of Judith Ley and Charles Guard as tower captain Edwin Creer talks about the carillon system there played with the Ellacombe apparatus, which celebrated its 200th anniversa
Carol Kennaugh, the Secretary of the Royal Manx Agricultural Show, and Dennis Quirk, one of the many voluntary helpers, talk about putting the show together, what's on this year, and Dennis tells us about the all-important judging. We hear a
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