Guernsey Literary Festival 2014

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GUERNSEY LITERARY FESTIVAL 2014

 

"My highlight was the two girls leaving the Caves with an armful of signed books and a broad grin" Kate Garnett, School's Librarian

"On behalf of Guernsey Prison, I would like to thank you and your team for considering us as part of the Guernsey Literary Festival. Enrichment programmes such as the " Poetry Slam" are an essential aspect to widening participation throughout the prison and our education curriculum." Julie Smith, Head of Learning, Skills and Regimes, Guernsey Prison.

"Spud and Yam's children's performance was wonderful and they were so well received by the children and the staff at La Mare de Carteret Infants School. Incorporating an innovative and interactive mix of song, music, story-telling and dance, they had the children in the palm of their hands for the entire performance. They should have their own TV show!"Bridget Aegerter, Festival Volunteer

"We had many comments from the attendees as they left (Dame Stephanie Shirley's talk ), the universal sentiment being "inspirational". What we saw is a lady whose personal light simply shines forth and that is what will stay with us."Michelle Johansen, Women's Development Forum.

"I had such a good time in Guernsey. I was thrilled to see Alex and Cerri, Andrew Motion, Stephen May, Esther Freud and Tim Dowling. All brilliant turns, excellently chosen. This was a festival of performances..as well as a feast of networking of the most delicious kind- a sharing of ideas and enthusiasms and friendship" Andrew Clover, writer and actor.

"I loved the intimacy of the Festival. I just hope that I can get over to the next festival as I have totally fallen in love with Guernsey."Sue Nicol, visitor from the UK

Writers & Artists 2014

 

Ella Berthoud
Ella Berthoud from The School of Life is a bibliotherapist and author of The Novel Cure. Join Ella for a playful and poignant celebration of the power of novels to help heal the manifold emotional pitfalls of the human condition. Discover the books Ella would prescribe for herself, ask her your questions, share your own favourite reads and get recommendations from others around you. Equally unmissable is her ‘On the Couch’ session with local politician John Gollop.
This will be Ella’s third Guernsey Literary Festival – her bibliotherapy is so popular that we just had to ask her to return!
www.ellaberthoud.com



Kate Adie, OBE
Best selling author and award-winning former BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie will be talking about her book Fighting on the Home Front, which reveals the ways in which women’s lives changed during World War One and what the impact has been for women in its centenary year.
Starting with the London Iranian Embassy siege of 1980, Kate has been on the front line numerous times, leading to the saying that ‘a good decision is getting on a plane at an airport where Kate Adie is getting off a plane.’

Hilary Boyd

Hilary Boyd found success when Thursdays in the Park, a novel about a romance between 60-somethings, was published when she herself was in her early 60s. Yet sales really took off when it was launched as an e-book. Hilary will be talking about her writing, the ‘gran lit’ phenomenon and how digital publishing had such a major impact on her fortunes.
Rejecting comparisons with Fifty Shades of Grey, Hilary says, ‘Sex in the park beats sex in the basement.’

Andrew Clover: Writer on the Road
Andrew Clover is probably best known for Dad Rules, a funny column he wrote for the Sunday Times Style magazine which became a bestselling book. He also wrote a YA book called Dirty Angels and adult novel Learn Love in a Week. The father of three girls, Andrew is often asked to discuss family issues on shows like BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, Radio 5 Live and Women’s Hour. Lucky year 7s will see Andrew’s show, The Seven Secrets of Storytelling.
Andrew is also an actor, having starred as Gary in CBBC’s My Almost Famous Family and the scary clown in BBC1′s Ashes to Ashes.
www.andrewclover.co.uk

Mike Jones
Richard III, history’s most controversial monarch, hit the headlines when his remains were uncovered beneath a car park in Leicester. Discover the official inside story of his life, death and this remarkable discovery with Mike Jones, co-author of The King’s Grave.
Mike was historical adviser for the recent History Channel series Warriors and Russia Today’s TV documentaries on World War Two’s Eastern Front.

Lene Kaaberbøl 
Lene Kaaberbøl is a Danish writer who writes fantasy series for young adults and crime fiction for adults. She received the Nordic Children's Book Prize in 2004. The Shamer Chronicles tell the story of Dina, who has the ability to elicit confessions simply by looking into someone’s eyes, something she regards as a curse rather than a gift. Collaborating with AgneteFriis, Lene’s adult Nina Borg series has been translated into numerous languages and The Boy in the Suitcase was a New York Times bestseller in 2012.
Amazing linguist Lene translates her own novels into English!

Police Dog Hogan
If you read the Guardian or the Daily Telegraph or if you travel with Rough Guides or watch TV ads then you probably know several of this high-energy and eclectic seven-piece band. Together, this bunch of London media mates got together out of a joint love of American music, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. They are busy guys so they don’t play too many live shows but following two sell-out performances in London Club they are all set for a short season of festivals which, we’re delighted to say, includes the Guernsey Literary Festival. Port Eliot Festival called them ‘The most literate non-literary band on the circuit.’
Police Dog Hogan’s new album ‘From the Land of Miracles’, produced by Eliot James (Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Noah and the Whale, Two Door Cinema Club), was released in late 2012 on Major Tom Records to huge acclaim.

Ruth Rogers
Ruth worked as a puppeteer on the National Theatre’s War Horse for four years - first as the only woman operating Joey’s Head full time, then as Assistant Puppetry Director. Ruth shares her insider’s experience illustrated with rehearsal photographs and back stage stories. Whether or not you’ve seen the show- how these life- sized puppets work is a fascinating process, which Ruth knows inside out.
Ruth founded the Body Gossip campaign as a response to the rise in eating disorders and body-image related bullying amongst young people. Body Gossip use a combination of first hand testimonial, psychology, media literacy and political awareness to make students realise they are both valuable and valued.
www.bodygossip.org

Dame Stephanie Shirley
‘Steve’ Shirleyis a businesswoman and philanthropist who originally arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied Kindertransport child refugee. Early in her career she found it advantageous to go by the name ‘Steve’ in a male-dominated business world and at her software company she employed only women until the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act made it illegal to do so. Dame Shirley retired in 1993 to concentrate on philanthropic work; she continues to give to a range of causes including autism research, a cause she was drawn to through her late son Giles who had autism.
‘Let it Go’, Dame Shirley’s fascinating memoir, charts her life from her early years in Germany to the ultimate sadness of losing her only child.

Spud and Yam
Kate Corkery and Winston Nzinga are a unique Irish/Jamaican duo of storytellers/musicians known as Spud and Yam. They specialise in developing material which is both educational and entertaining. Apart from their education sessions for KS1 children (booking already underway) they willbe doing sessions for younger children and those in KS2 upwards, sharing an exciting mix of stories, songs and music from their colourful roots.
Spud and Yam are frequently invited to take part in special events such as Book Weeks and International Weeks.

Dr Lucy Worsley
Dr Lucy Worsleyis Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces by day, and a writer of history books by night. She has presented a number of history programmes on television, includingHarlots, Housewives and Heroines: A 17th Century History for Girls and A Very British Murder, which was based on her book of the same name.
Dr Lucy’s long purple gloves are so popular they have their own fan club, but they are so worn out she is no longer allowed to wear them on television.
www.lucyworsley.com

Bali Rai
Bali grew up in a multicultural, multi-racial community close to Leicester city centre. As a child he dreamt about three things—playing football for Liverpool FC, being Bob Marley and becoming a writer. Bali’s first novel, (un)arranged marriage, was published in 2001 to great acclaim; he is also particularly well known for Rani and Sukh, which has become a set text for GCSE. He still lives in Leicester..
The book which inspired Bali to become a writer was The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend.
www.balirai.co.uk


The Wimpy Kids Show at the Castle
This is a must for all fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and is great family entertainment. Host Alastair Watson brings the books to life with fun activities including ‘The Wimpy Kid Draw-Along’ and the ‘Wimp Wars! Quiz’. The event also includes video clips of Jeff Kinney talking about the books and his involvement in the films and showing how he draws the Wimpy Kid characters.
Everyone who buys a book on the day is eligible for their book to be stamped with an exclusive Wimpy Kid Show stamp!
www.wimpykidclub.co.uk


Stephen May
Stephen May is a novelist, playwright and TV writer. His 2012 novel Life! Death! Prizes! was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Stephen’s plays Back The World and Still Waiting for Everything toured nationally to excellent reviews. He had an unhappy stint working as a storyline writer on a top ITV drama.
If you like Nick Hornby’s portrayal of the chaos of modern family life – or you want to find out which TV drama Stephen wrote for – you won’t want to miss his talk.
www.sdmay.com

Esther Freud
Described by the Independent as ‘the best writer about childhood we have’, Esther Freud travelled as a young child through Morocco with her mother and sister. This was to inspire her first novel Hideous Kinky, which was made into a film starring Kate Winslet. In 1993, Esther was named by Granta as one of the Best Young Novelists under 40. Her latest book is Lucky Break.
Esther is one of Britain’s foremost female novelists and her brutally accurate analysis of adult behaviours and relationships will fascinate you.
www.estherfreud.co.uk

Sir Andrew Motion
Sir Andrew Motion was Poet Laureate from 1999-2009, following which time he was knighted. Having stipulated he would only remain in the post for 10 years, he wrote poems about the news and ordinary life, rather than wanting to be seen as a ‘courtier’. Sir Andrew founded the Poetry Archive, an online resource of poems and audio recordings of poets reading from their own work which is changing the way poetry is taught in schools. Sir Andrew’s latest anthology, The Customs House, draws on soldiers' experiences of war from 1914 until today.
Did you know that Sir Andrew wrote the authorised biography of Philip Larkin and that he taught poetry at Jamie’s Dream School?

Janet Street-Porter
Janet Street-Porter is a media personality, journalist and broadcaster. For two years she was the Editor of the Independent On Sunday, a role she relinquished in 2001 to become Editor at Large, presently writing two comment columns a week for the Independent and the Independent on Sunday, as well as contributing features about travel. Janet regularly appears on Question Time as well as entertainment series like Grumpy Old Women. Her books include Life’s Too F***ing Short and Don’t Let the B*****ds Get You Down.
Appearing regularly on ITV’s Loose Women, Janet is never afraid to speak her mind. She’s Vice President of the Ramblers Association so might appreciate some advice on the best walks in Guernsey.
www.janetstreetporter.com


Cathy Cassidy
Cathy Cassidy worked as fiction editor for Jackie Magazine and was an agony aunt for Shout, another teenage magazine. Her books include The Chocolate Box Girls, a series about five girls whose parents start a business making truffles. Crowned Queen of Teen in 2010, Cathy’s loyal fans can become members of her Dream Team, contributing advice and feedback in return for various benefits such as receiving her books before they are officially released.
If you like Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Hopkins, you’ll love Cathy Cassidy.
www.cathycassidy.com

Cerrie Burnell and Alex Winter as seen on CBeebies
Cerrie Burnell and Alex Winter need no introduction to young viewers of CBeebies, the much loved BBC TV channel and website designed for children under six, with learning in mind.
Cerrie’s first picture book, Snowflakes, was published in September 2013 by Scholastic UK.
www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

Nick Butterworth
Nick Butterworth is an internationally acclaimed children's author and illustrator who has sold more than 12 million books, including Jingle Bells, Tiger and The Whisperer. He is best known for his Percy The Park Keeper stories and one of his latest creations is Q Pootle 5, a small alien. Nick has presented children’s stories on TV, illustrating them live.
Nick often works with long-standing friend and fellow children's writer, Mick Inkpen. Their collaborations include Just Like Jasper and Stories Jesus Told.


Education

 
Our Education and Community Director is working on an exciting programme for schools and community groups to take part in during the Festival 2014.

Spud and Yam
Dynamic duo Kate Corkery and Winston Nzinga will be entertaining KS1 pupils with a rich mix of music and stories inspired by their Celtic and Caribbean roots.

The Poetry Slam
Having been introduced to slam poetry at school, students write their own, individually or in groups. Winners will be invited to take part in a special Poetry Slam Final. This was so popular in 2012 we’re doing it again!

 

Andrew Clover & The Seven Secrets of Storytelling
Andrew will be visiting Year 7 pupils and performing a high energy and interactive show inspiring them to write exciting stories.

More events will be announced very soon!

Download our Education Newsletter here.

Note to teachers: if you are interested in your school taking part in our Schools Programme 2014 , please contact Elizabeth Went at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Education

 
Our Education and Community Director is working on an exciting programme for schools and community groups to take part in during the Festival 2014.

Spud and Yam
Dynamic duo Kate Corkery and Winston Nzinga will be entertaining KS1 pupils with a rich mix of music and stories inspired by their Celtic and Caribbean roots.

The Poetry Slam
Having been introduced to slam poetry at school, students write their own, individually or in groups. Winners will be invited to take part in a special Poetry Slam Final. This was so popular in 2012 we’re doing it again!

 

Andrew Clover & The Seven Secrets of Storytelling
Andrew will be visiting Year 7 pupils and performing a high energy and interactive show inspiring them to write exciting stories.

Download our Education Newsletter here

Note to teachers: if you are interested in your school taking part in our Schools Programme 2014 , please contact Elizabeth Went at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 
 

Support

 
The Guernsey Literary Festival is run entirely by volunteers but it simply couldn’t happen without the generous support of our sponsors, partners and patrons.
We are most grateful to the following confirmed sponsors:


Sponsors

 

Partners

 
 

Become a Hub Supporter

The majority of the four-day Guernsey Literary Festival events take place in the specially sourced inflatable Hub performance space on the Market Terrace, The Literary Hub, which has proved to be a fantastic arena for our previous Festival literary talks, performances and creative workshops and unique to the Channel Islands. More than 25 talks are scheduled there for the May 2014 Festival. Read more

Download the Hub Supporters Form

Thanks to our Hub Supporters

Black Vanilla
Insurance Corporation
International Asset Monitor
KPMG Channel Islands Limited
Le Friquet Garden Centre
Ravenscroft
Rawlinson & Hunter
Ross Gower Group Limited
Stephen Black and Susan Lloyd
St Peter Port Constables and The Town Centre Partnership

Become a Patron

The Guernsey Literary Festival relies on funding from sponsors and patrons in order to secure top authors and poets and subsidise the events for the community. Our Patron Scheme was launched last year and the minimum entry level is £250 per festival.
 
As a thank you each Patron will receive two complimentary tickets to the Festival’s opening big speaker event at St James:  Sir Andrew Motion – The Customs House; together with an invitation to the opening night drinks reception with taster sessions from some of the visiting authors and two tickets for an event of their choice in the Hub. In addition each Patron will be named and thanked in the Guernsey Literary Festival brochure and the website (optional).  
 
To become Patron or for further details please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks to our Patrons

Peter Moffatt
Huw and Sarah Evans
Livia Countess Blucher von Wahlstatt
Jessica Morris
Jurat Connie Helyar-Wilkinson
Jon Moulton
Pauline Moulton
Charles Olice
Evelyne Burke
Janette Adshead and Craig Robert
Gillian Jackson

Support

 
The Guernsey Literary Festival is run entirely by volunteers but it simply couldn’t happen without the generous support of our sponsors, partners and patrons.
We are most grateful to the following confirmed sponsors:


Sponsors

Mourant Ozanne

Browns Advocates

FRM

Rothschild

Specsavers

Jersey Telecom

Cooper Brouard

 

Partners

Aurigny

Cine Guernsey

Guilles Alles Library

Guernsey Museums

AB Design Guernsey

Guernsey Disability Alliance

Women's Development Forum

Guernsey Post

The Caves

Market Bistro

Sensible.gg

Waitrose

Guernsey Market Buildings

Become a Hub Supporter

The majority of the four-day Guernsey Literary Festival events take place in the specially sourced inflatable Hub performance space on the Market Terrace, The Literary Hub, which has proved to be a fantastic arena for our previous Festival literary talks, performances and creative workshops and unique to the Channel Islands. More than 25 talks are scheduled there for the May 2014 Festival. Read more

Download the Hub Supporters Form

Thanks to our Hub Supporters

Black Vanilla
Insurance Corporation
International Asset Monitor
KPMG Channel Islands Limited
Le Friquet Garden Centre
Ravenscroft
Rawlinson & Hunter
Ross Gower Group Limited
Stephen Black and Susan Lloyd
St Peter Port Constables and The Town Centre Partnership

Become a Patron

The Guernsey Literary Festival relies on funding from sponsors and patrons in order to secure top authors and poets and subsidise the events for the community. Our Patron Scheme was launched last year and the minimum entry level is £250 per festival.
 
As a thank you each Patron will receive two complimentary tickets to the Festival’s opening big speaker event at St James:  Sir Andrew Motion – The Customs House; together with an invitation to the opening night drinks reception with taster sessions from some of the visiting authors and two tickets for an event of their choice in the Hub. In addition each Patron will be named and thanked in the Guernsey Literary Festival brochure and the website (optional).  
 
To become Patron or for further details please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks to our patrons

Peter Moffatt
Huw and Sarah Evans
Livia Countess Blucher von Wahlstatt
Jessica Morris
Jurat Connie Helyar-Wilkinson
Jon Moulton
Pauline Moulton
Charles Olice
Evelyne Burke
Janette Adshead and Craig Robert
Gillian Jackson

 

Competitions

 

NEWS: Poems on the Move

GUERNSEY'S INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2014

official entry forms download here, printed entry forms available from beginning of October.

Judge: Sir Andrew Motion
Poems: 14 lines max. (shorter this year than before) in English, typed on A4 paper format
Deadline: 31. December 2014

Categories:
Open Poetry - ages 18 and over*
Channel Islands' Poetry - ages 18 and over, born or resident* in the Channel Islands**
Young People's Poetry - aged 12-17*, entries FREE

* age or residence on 31. December 2014
** poems may be submitted in both the Open and the Channel Islands’ categories

Submissions:
Please download official entry forms here, or request an entry form by post or email.

Contact:
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
tel.: +44 (0)7781 143546

Poems on the Move 2014
Guernsey Literary Festival
PO Box 174
St. Peter Port
GUERNSEY
GY1 3LG UK

 

THE WRITE STUFF COMPETITION

Following the success of our competition and app, we will be releasing details of our 2015 THE WRITE STUFF COMPETITION in the New Year. In the meantime, why not get inspired and take a look at last year's entries?
And look out for them on Facebook and Twitter!

www.writestuff.gg

Happy Writing!

Competitions

 

NEWS: Poems on the Move

GUERNSEY'S INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2014

official entry forms download here, printed entry forms available from beginning of October.

Judge: Sir Andrew Motion
Poems: 14 lines max. (shorter this year than before) in English, typed on A4 paper format
Deadline: 31. December 2014

Categories:
Open Poetry - ages 18 and over*
Channel Islands' Poetry - ages 18 and over, born or resident* in the Channel Islands**
Young People's Poetry - aged 12-17*, entries FREE

* age or residence on 31. December 2014
** poems may be submitted in both the Open and the Channel Islands’ categories

Submissions:
Please download official entry forms here, or request an entry form by post or email.

Contact:
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
tel.: +44 (0)7781 143546

Poems on the Move 2014
Guernsey Literary Festival
PO Box 174
St. Peter Port
GUERNSEY
GY1 3LG UK


 

THE WRITE STUFF COMPETITION

Following the success of our competition and app, we will be releasing details of our 2015 THE WRITE STUFF COMPETITION in the New Year. In the meantime, why not get inspired and take a look at last year's entries?
And look out for them on Facebook and Twitter!

www.writestuff.gg

Happy Writing!

Become a Festival Volunteer!

 

The Guernsey Literary Festival simply couldn’t go ahead without the support of our wonderful volunteers. If you have volunteered for our first two Festivals then we hope you enjoyed the experience and will help out again this year. If you haven’t, then we would be delighted if you would get in touch about being a volunteer in 2014.As the Festival has a diverse range of appeal, volunteers of all ages are invited to apply.

It is our aim to ensure that volunteering is an enjoyable task, rather than an onerous chore. We want you to feel involved and have plenty of time to make the most of the Festival, so we won’t overload you. Examples of the duties with which we need help are:

  • Coordinating at events which could include checking venue set up, liaising with the speaker, welcome introduction and session closure, overseeing ticket collection, and book signings;
  • Operational assistance to coordinators at events;
  • Car owners and drivers transporting speakers to and from the airport or harbour to their hotel;
  • Selling tickets in our box office at the Guille-Allès Library.

We would love to hear from you, even if you don’t have much time to spare. We will provide you with a Festival T-shirt and make sure you know exactly what is expected of you. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Carla Bauer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or download a Volunteer Sign-Up Form as a pdf document or Word doc.

Thank you in advance – we look forward to hearing from you!

 



 

 

Become a Festival Volunteer!

 

The Guernsey Literary Festival simply couldn’t go ahead without the support of our wonderful volunteers. If you have volunteered for our first two Festivals then we hope you enjoyed the experience and will help out again this year. If you haven’t, then we would be delighted if you would get in touch about being a volunteer in 2014.As the Festival has a diverse range of appeal, volunteers of all ages are invited to apply.

It is our aim to ensure that volunteering is an enjoyable task, rather than an onerous chore. We want you to feel involved and have plenty of time to make the most of the Festival, so we won’t overload you. Examples of the duties with which we need help are:

  • Coordinating at events which could include checking venue set up, liaising with the speaker, welcome introduction and session closure, overseeing ticket collection, and book signings;
  • Operational assistance to coordinators at events;
  • Car owners and drivers transporting speakers to and from the airport or harbour to their hotel;
  • Selling tickets in our box office at the Guille-Allès Library.

We would love to hear from you, even if you don’t have much time to spare. We will provide you with a Festival T-shirt and make sure you know exactly what is expected of you. Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Carla Bauer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or download a Volunteer Sign-Up Form as a pdf document or Word doc.

Thank you in advance – we look forward to hearing from you!

Guernsey

 

Guernsey MapGuernsey offers a unique cultural history, stunning surroundings and a haven for foodies. It’s a blend of England and France, with the picturesque harbour town of St Peter Port providing the perfect atmosphere for staging literary events.
Discovered by writers like Victor Hugo and Mervyn Peake,the Bailiwick of Guernsey's beauty and prosperity make it a desirable travel destination.

Idyllic beaches, superb cliff walks and award-winning restaurants serving local seafood mean that a visit to our islands – even during the Literary Festival - is not just a book thing.

For more information on Guernsey, please go to www.visitguernsey.com



 



 

 

Guernsey

 

Guernsey offers a unique cultural history, stunning surroundings and a haven for foodies. It’s a blend of England and France, with the picturesque harbour town of St Peter Port providing the perfect atmosphere for staging literary events.
Discovered by writers like Victor Hugo and MervynPeake,the Bailiwick of Guernsey's beauty and prosperity make it a desirable travel destination.

Idyllic beaches, superb cliff walks and award-winning restaurants serving local seafood mean that a visit to our islands – even during the Literary Festival - is not just a book thing.

For more information on Guernsey, please go to www.visitguernsey.com

 

Contact

 
The Guernsey Literary Festival is supported by the Guernsey Arts Commission
Director: Catriona Stares

P.O.Box 174
St Peter Port
GUERNSEY
GY1 3LG

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 07781-143545
 
 

Contact

 
The Guernsey Literary Festival is supported by the Guernsey Arts Commision
Director: Catriona Stares

P.O.Box 174
St Peter Port
GUERNSEYGY1 3LG

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 07781-143545