Isle of Man News last updated 19 August 2016 08:30:54

Manx National Heritage to launch new exhibition exploring Manx Tholtans

POSTED Mon at 10:16 am

A special exhibition, supported by WHIreland International Wealth, exploring Manx Tholtans will open at the Manx Museum on 7 October 2017.Tholtans, the Manx word for describing the ruins of an old home, are rapidly disappearing from the Island’s landscape. In this exciting new exhibition, the beauty of these fascinating buildings will be discovered through the eyes of talented Manx photographer Ray Kelly and his partner, multimedia artist Niamh Kelly. Discussing the inspiration to hold this exhibition, Ray Kelly says;“Having been born a Manx man with a long tradition of farming, I have an interest in keeping the heritage of the Isle of Man alive.  I began photographically recording the Island’s Tholtans some thirty years ago; the rate of...

Paul Lebiedzinski to be heard again

POSTED Mon at 10:06 am

One of the most divisive, exciting and important of Manx poets can now be heard again; marking what would have been the 66th birthday of Paul Lebiedzinski, his recordings are being released online. Paul Lebiedzinski, son of a Polish Air Force pilot stationed at Jurby, was born and raised in Ramsey amongst his Manx family and community. By the 1970s, then in his 20s, Lebiedzinski had settled into the day-job as a gardener, but in the evenings he gained a legendary reputation for his thrilling performances of poetry in pubs and gatherings around the Island. It is some of these recordings, made between 1975 and 1988, which have now been made freely available by Culture Vannin. The album entitled ‘Six Foot Under’ was previously only available...

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