The Isle of Man has a strong tradition in writing, poetry and the spoken word. This tradition continues with regular poetry readings on the Island and the annual Lit Fest, where enthusiasts can gather together and meet new writers. The Oscar Winner, Alfred Hitchcock made a film of “The Manxman” by Hall Caine in 1929. In the late 1800s Hall Caine was considered a rival to Charles Dickens. Among the female writers Sophia Morrison’s “Manx Fairy Tales” stands out as a book still popular today. American born Kim Gee’s “M is for Manx Cat” has now been made into a play for local schools.