Lockdown research uncovers the true identities of two Dickens’ characters, and they lived in Bonchurch

Ink and quill

This lockdown project has uncovered that two of Charles Dickens' characters were based on real Bonchurch residents. See within

Sunday, 4th April, 2021 10:45am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Medina Bookshop Exclusive: Lynne Truss shares the five books that got her through Lockdown

Woman sitting on a sofa ready a book - photo taken from above by Matias North

Lynne Truss has exclusively shared her five top books that got her through Lockdown with Medina Books, now they want you to share yours too. There are prizes for best selections

Sunday, 21st March, 2021 9:03am

By Paul Armfield with one comment

Successful IW Story Festival reaches world-wide audience – and it’s not too late to join in the fun

Emergency Turtle shadow puppet

Many of the sessions are available online and free of charge until Sunday 28th February. Details and links within

Tuesday, 23rd February, 2021 3:17pm

By Peta Rainford

From Mottistone to Missouri: Where will you be for the IW Story Festival?

children on tablets

Fans of Isle of Wight children's author, Kieran Larwood, will be tuning in to the Isle of Wight Story Festival from Missouri, USA this week. Organisers would like to know where you'll be tuning in from

Monday, 15th February, 2021 12:59pm

By Peta Rainford

Ventnor and the Undercliff: In search of lost time. A journey in pictures

Pier Street, Ventnor

This latest book by Michael Freeman and Lesley Telford is described as ‘recovering life-worlds and discovering livelihoods through photographs’. It includes 180+ black and white pictures spanning 1860 to 1950

Friday, 12th February, 2021 5:52pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight Story Festival announces inspirational line-up for this half-term

Cerrie on the beach

It'll be online and it'll be free. Make sure you let your children and grandchildren know about this year's Isle of Wight Story Festival taking in February half term

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 8:07am

By Peta Rainford

Style of Wight’s Children’s Writing Competition is back for 2021

girl writing in book

Isle of Wight children (aged 7 to 16) have until the end of the summer hols to let their imaginations take them somewhere special for this writing competition

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 5:38pm

By Christian Warren

Christmas writing competition winners announced at virtual event

Howard Thomas

£875 was raised for Isle of Wight charity, Sight for Wight, during the Short Story Writing Competition this year. Details within

Tuesday, 22nd December, 2020 4:49pm

By Chris Cane

Discover the ultimate rags to riches story of ‘The Infamous Sophie Dawes’: Isle of Wight author’s latest book

Adrian Searle and the book cover

Adrian Searle's latest book explores the story of the daughter of an Isle of Wight smuggler, and how she went on to become the mistress of the fabulously wealthy French aristocrat, Louis Henri de Bourbon, destined to be the last Prince of Condé

Wednesday, 16th December, 2020 5:25pm

By Charlie Simpson with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight ‘party girl’ publishes book on how to use your partying skills to create amazing change in your life

Portrait of Lauren Ellingham in blue top

This Isle of Wight 'party girl' has just published her very first e-book, and it could be one of the most unique personal development books on the market. Details within

Friday, 11th December, 2020 6:24pm

By Lauren Ellingham with 16 readers' comments

Vectis Radio announce winners of their Radio Play Competition

typewriter on wooden table

Congratulations to all who took part, Vectis Radio say the quality of the submissions was outstanding. Details within

Thursday, 12th November, 2020 4:00pm

By Kelvin Currie

Celebrity lineup for Isle of Wight short story competition judges

Edana Minghella and Jo Brand

The annual short story competition is open for entries and will be judged by Jo Brand, Melvyn Hayes, Ray Allen and Edana Minghella

Wednesday, 7th October, 2020 3:37pm

By Chris Cane