Mother of missing Isle of Wight teenager publishes her story this autumn

Being released in September, the mother of Isle of Wight missing teenager, Damien Nettles, tells the full, perplexing story of her son’s disappearance.

Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 1:06pm

By Sally Perry

The Isle of Wight a powerhouse of award-winning writers

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As well as Hannah George winning Best Online Comedy Award, Isle of Wight screen writer Vicki Lutas also picked up an Award at the Writers' Guilds Awards last night for her teen series Free Rein, and another Islander was also shortlisted for the same award.

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 12:21pm

By Sally Perry

Three cheers for champion Isle of Wight storytellers

The winners 2018

Well done to all the young people who took party in the ‘Great Telling Off’ at the 2018 Isle of Wight Literary Festival, especially the champions as voted for by the audiences.

Wednesday, 24th October, 2018 4:44pm

By Sue Bailey

‘Papa Owl Goes to Rocket Island’ out now: See at Literary Festival Youth Zone

Rocket Island Project

You can buy your copy of the latest Papa Owl book written by Michael Lilley and illustrated by Helen Stiles, whilst taking part in a rocket-making activity at the Youth Zone of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival.

Saturday, 20th October, 2018 9:18am

By Michael Lilley

Isle of Wight Society for the Blind ‘Short Story writing competition’ returns

Writing notes:

Budding writers have until 9th November to create and enter their short story for the Isle of Wight Society of the Blind winter writing competition.

Tuesday, 18th September, 2018 9:54am

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe Festival: Moves to new dates for 2019


The new dates will ensure that Ventnor Fringe Festival does not clash with any other festivals taking place at the same time and will mean that performers going to Edinburgh can preview their shows on the Island beforehand.

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 5:07pm

By Sally Perry

Play written and performed by young Islanders celebrates the culture and unique identity of seaside towns

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This performance is a dynamic, avant-garde narrative that follows the rise of a new political figure in a seaside town, who capitalises on an accident with a pothole and the local bingo caller. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 2:11pm

By Feature Writer

Emmy Award for Isle of Wight TV writer, Vicki Lutas

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Congratulations are in order for a writer from the Isle of Wight who has just picked up an Emmy Award for her children's TV creation.

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018 7:04am

By Sally Perry

Storytelling Laureate on the Isle of Wight for National Storytelling week

Taffy Thomas

Legendary storyteller, Taffy Thomas, will be on the Isle of Wight for National Storytelling week in February performing and running a storytelling workshop.

Tuesday, 16th January, 2018 10:15am

By Sue Bailey with one comment

Isle of Wight Society of the Blind short story competition winners announced

Edana, Paul, Miriam

OnTheWight's very own long-time columnist, Jonathan Dodd, picked up the top prize in this latest short story competition.

Saturday, 23rd December, 2017 5:36pm

By Sally Perry

‘Which Yet Survive’ – The life of pioneer and art aficionado, John Mills

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This delightful memoir tells the story of Isle of Wight resident, John Mills. From the leafy Guildford suburbs of the 1930s to sunny Ventnor in the 2010s, John's passion for travel, culture, music and art shines through.

Friday, 27th October, 2017 5:11pm

By Sally Perry

Local author makes a splash with competition to launch her latest book

Zoe Sadler Colouring

To celebrate the launch of her latest book, children’s author and illustrator Zoe Sadler has teamed up with Waterstones to run a colouring competition.

Thursday, 5th October, 2017 8:15am

By Zoe Sadler