Meet Troubs the Manx Cat who has been invited to the prize giving for the winner of a Manx Cat story, included in the new publication ‘A De-tailed Account of Manx Cats’.

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A prize giving ceremony will be held in Lexicon Bookshop at 3.00pm on Saturday 16 March for Megan Kneale winner of the Manx Cat Story Competition. Megan’s story Kayt Manninagh, was unanimously declared the winner by the panel of judges.

The competition challenged the island’s children to write their own version of why the Manx cat has no tail.Over 100 entries were received from children in years 10 and 11 and ranged from fairy tales to science fiction, including characters as different as Usain Bolt and Dr Who. Against stiff competition the three judges felt that Megan was a worthy winner.

Mr Tony Wild, MLC and Member of the Department of the Department of Education and Children, will award Megan her prize of a £50 voucher to be spent on books, as well as present her with a copy of A De-tailed Account of Manx Catsin which her story appears. The book is published to coincide with the prize giving.

Also gracing the occasion will be glamour puss, Troubs, the Manx cat who stars on the front cover of A De-tailed Account of Manx Cats. She will be accompanied by her social secretary (a.k.a. owner), Peter Tucker.

Further Notes:

  • Megan Kneale was eleven when she entered the competition and attended St Mary’s RC School in Douglas.
  • The judges were David Ashworth of Lexicon Bookshop, Mary Cousins of the Family Library and Sara Goodwins of Loaghtan Books.
  • A De-tailed Account of Manx Catsis published on 16 March 2013 and divided into three sections: the history of Manx cats, the animal today and folklore concerning why the cat has no tail. The winning story is included as modern folklore.

Further information from Sara Goodwins, Loaghtan Books, 020 8661 6102, [email protected]

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