Date: Oct 01,2015

BBC Antiques Roadshow specialist Marc Allum will be the guest at this year’s Author’s Breakfast, organised by the Isle of Man Fund for the Blind.

In addition to numerous television and radio appearances, Marc is a best-selling author who has written 16 books on antiques, arts and collectables. The latest edition of the popular Allum’s Antiques Almanac will be launched next month.

The annual Author’s Breakfast, held since 1994, raises money for Manx Blind Welfare Society, which works with blind and visually impaired people in the Isle of Man. This year’s event will take place at the Palace Hotel, Douglas, at 9.30am on Monday, November 23rd.

Tickets are £23 and include a full English breakfast.

Marc is expected to recall anecdotes from his almost two decades as a regular guest on Antiques Roadshow, as well as discussing some of the unusual objects he’s discovered during his career as an art and antiques journalist, writer and broadcaster.

There will also be a chance to hear about the 2016 edition of his Alamanac, which is packed with interesting and quirky facts about some of the most peculiar and sought-after historical objects.

Manx Blind Welfare Society Volunteers Coordinator & Events Organiser Debbie Thomson said: ‘Securing Marc Allum for this year’s Author’s Breakfast is a real coup. He’s a highly-regarded expert in the antiques field, as well as sought-after speaker and respected author on art and collectables.

‘We’re hoping Marc might bring along some of the more unusual items from his personal antiques collection, and there may be an opportunity for people in the audience to have their treasured collectables appraised.

‘If you’d like to bring something along, just let us know when you book your ticket and, time-allowing, we’ll see if Marc can reveal anything about its history and value.’

She added: ‘The Author’s Breakfast is always one of the highlights of the year, and we expect this year to be as popular as ever. We’d advise booking tickets early to avoid disappointment.

‘I’d like to thank the Isle of Man Fund for the Blind for organising this event, which will help raise important funds to allow the Society to continue providing services and support to blind and visually impaired people in the Island. The Fund works tirelessly on a huge range of fundraising events and its support is invaluable.’

Tickets for the Author’s Breakfast are available from Corrin Court in Onchan or by calling 674727.