GuernseyLiterary Festival 2014

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Love Crime Writing? Don’t miss these pre-Festival events!


‘A Murderous Hour’ with Peter James - 3pm on Saturday 26 April at Candie Museum

Scaring the reader and the writer! Peter James, one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller writers, tells us about his journey to becoming the author of the hugely successful Roy Grace crime series - and some of his thrills and spills along the way.
Tickets are on sale now at £3 with all profits going to Peter James' chosen charity The Reading Agency - click here to book your ticket!

Most of us love a good crime novel so we’re thrilled to tell you about two events which will let you take a peek into the world of crime writing and get you in the mood for the Guernsey Literary Festival. Both events are kindly sponsored by Specsavers in association with Guernsey Museums and the Crime Writers’ Association.

Linda Stratmann and Leigh Russell in Conversation - 8pm on Thursday 24 April at the Guille-Allès Library. No booking required.

Linda Stratmann is a British writer of historical true crime, biography and crime fiction. Her latest work is Greater London Murders: 33 True Stories of Revenge, Jealousy, Greed & Lust. Leigh Russell writes the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series of psychological crime thrillers. Leigh is currently writing a spin-off series featuring Geraldine's popular colleague Ian Peterson.


 

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Love Crime Writing? Don’t miss these pre-Festival events!


‘A Murderous Hour’ with Peter James - 3pm on Saturday 26 April at Candie Museum

Scaring the reader and the writer!  Peter James, one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller writers, tells us about his journey to becoming the author of the hugely successful Roy Grace crime series - and some of his thrills and spills along the way.
Tickets are on sale now at £3 with all profits going to Peter James' chosen charity The Reading Agency - click here to book your ticket!

Most of us love a good crime novel so we’re thrilled to tell you about two events which will let you take a peek into the world of crime writing and get you in the mood for the Guernsey Literary Festival. Both events are kindly sponsored by Specsavers in association with Guernsey Museums and the Crime Writers’ Association.

Linda Stratmann and Leigh Russell in Conversation - 8pm on Thursday 24 April at the Guille-Allès Library. No booking required.

Linda Stratmann is a British writer of historical true crime, biography and crime fiction. Her latest work is Greater London Murders: 33 True Stories of Revenge, Jealousy, Greed & Lust. Leigh Russell writes the internationally bestselling Geraldine Steel series of psychological crime thrillers. Leigh is currently writing a spin-off series featuring Geraldine's popular colleague Ian Peterson.

 

Writers & Artists

 

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.


Events

 

Guernsey Literary Festival Dinner
Wine, dine and travel through time at our exciting extravaganza, the Time Travellers' Dinner! Step into the Tardis, dodge the Daleks and take a literary and culinary journey through the ages with your Time Travel Guide, Gary Burgess. From Sonic Screwdriver cocktails to a sumptuous dinner with both vintage and futuristic twists, time will fly at the Time Travellers' Dinner. 
The time and the place: The OGH Hotel, Saturday 17th May, 7pm 
Dress code: black tie or time-travelling regalia – the choice is yours! 
Price: £75 per ticket or make up a table of 10 for £750. 
Contact: mandi.litfest@cwgsy.net

Events

 
Wine, dine and travel through time at our exciting extravaganza, the Time Travellers' Dinner! Step into the Tardis, dodge the Daleks and take a literary and culinary journey through the ages with your Time Travel Guide, Gary Burgess. We’re delighted that guest speaker Paul Magrs (with a silent ‘g’) - author of several novels, short stories and audio dramas relating to Doctor Who – will be joining us. From Sonic Screwdriver cocktails to a sumptuous dinner with both vintage and futuristic twists, time will fly at the Time Travellers' Dinner. 
The time and the place: The OGH Hotel, Saturday 17th May, 7pm 
Dress code: black tie or time-travelling regalia – the choice is yours! 
Price: £75 per ticket or make up a table of 10 for £750. 
Contact: mandi.litfest@cwgsy.net

Programme 2014

 

GLF 2014Family Event

GLF 2014Teen Event

All events last one hour unless otherwise stated.  A = Adult Tickets   B= Under 18s Tickets

WEDNESDAY
14th MAY

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18:30
 Three award-winning poems, three works of art by local artists Mimi Bishop, Charlie Buchanan and Darren Cranmer sharing the Gate House Gallery with works by students from across Guernsey – come and look and read. The Opening Evening at Elizabeth College will also involve poetry readings and poems set to music.
Elizabeth College FREE Buy tickets

THURSDAY
15th MAY

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12:00-14.00
Dame Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley is a businesswoman and philanthropist who originally arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied Kindertransport child refugee. 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. Shelaine Green, Chair of the Guernsey Disability Alliance, will lead a Q&A session with the audience. All are welcome, this is not a women-only event.
Les Cotils £25 Buy tickets
14:00 - 14:30
 Choosing the right books for your book club can be tricky but Sally can help you create an interesting list that will cater to all tastes and provoke lively debate. Caxton Books & Gallery is a small independent bookshop and art gallery in Frinton, run by two enormously enthusiastic book lovers - Judith Charlesworth and Sally Johnson. Since taking over the shop, it has become a true community hub.
Guille-Allès Library FREE Buy tickets
16:00
 Irish/Afro Caribbean duo Spud & Yam (Kate Corkery and Winston Nzinga) will share exciting stories songs and music from their colourful roots in this all-age family event.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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17:00
The Shared Reading Project continues to grow in popularity and this is your chance to experience this unique approach to literature. Grab a coffee and enjoy literature brought alive with some live reading and lively conversation! We might go ‘on the road’, ‘back in time’ or ‘into the future’ so come along for the ride and take a trip somewhere new.
Market Bistro FREE Buy tickets
17:30
The Customs House is a stunning new collection from the former Poet Laureate. The book draws on soldiers' experiences from the First and Second World wars, through to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sir Andrew will also read from The Cinder Path, shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and will answer questions about his writing and the role of Poet Laureate.
St James A:£10
B:£5
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18:30
Despite being named Time Magazine’s 'Person of the Year' 2006, introverted anti-folk singer Rob doesn’t exactly blow his own trumpet, calling himself ‘a man with a fake middle-class accent and a cheap guitar. He can't sing so he uses his mouth to make clever little noises about his life.’ Oliver is a singer/songwriter likened to Ed Sheeran and influenced by Paul Simon. His debut album The Boy Who Fell reached the top 40 last November and he’s now emerging into the mainstream.
Hub FREE Buy tickets
20:00 - 22:00
Esther will also be introducing a screening of Hideous Kinky, the 1998 film directed by Gillies MacKinnon, based on her first novel. It tells the story of a young English mother, played by Kate Winslet, who moves from London to Morocco with her two young daughters in the 1970s.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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20:00 - 22:30 Hauteville House £20  
20:30
 Lynda La Plante has created some of the best known crime dramas on television, including Widows, Trial and Retribution, Above Suspicion and Prime Suspect. She has won many awards for her work including the BAFTA Dennis Potter Writers Award. Lynda has written numerous crime books, all international bestsellers. Join her as she discusses her incredible body of work.
St James A £10
B £5
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FRIDAY
16th MAY

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8:00-9:30
 Professor Anthony King, Millennium Professor of British Government at the University of Essex, recalls how spectacularly and how often UK governments have blundered in recent decades, explains why they have blundered so often and suggests how the incidence of blundering might just possibly be reduced in future. Being a microcosm of the UK, Guernsey has its fair share of issues too! Anthony broadcasts frequently on politics and elections for the BBC and writes on the same subjects for the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and the Observer. Along with Ivor Crewe, he is the author of The Blunders of our Governments, a copy of which all attendees will receive.
Old Government House £25 Buy tickets
09:30 - 12:00
For writers of all levels. Find new impulses for your work, guided by the poet, novelist, biographer, experienced teacher and former Poet Laureate.
Les Cotils A £15
B £10
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09:30 - 10:00
 Join Guille-Allès Library staff in the Magic Hub for 30 minutes of exciting, interactive stories. Suitable for all children, from toddlers to primary school age, and their families.
Hub FREE Buy tickets
10:00
 Ebenezer Le Page has become one of the names most associated with Guernsey, thanks to the book of his life written by GB Edwards. Since the mid-1990s, Rodney Collenette has been playing the role of Ebenezer. Jason Monaghan and Amanda Bennett also know all there is to know about this infamous fictional character.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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11:00
 Hilary 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 for her.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
Buy tickets
11:00 - 11:30
 Choosing the right books for your book club can be tricky but Sally can help you create an interesting list that will cater to all tastes and provoke lively debate. Caxton Books & Gallery is a small independent bookshop and art gallery in Frinton, run by two enormously enthusiastic book lovers - Judith Charlesworth and Sally Johnson. Since taking over the shop, it has become a true community hub.
Guille-Allès Library FREE Buy tickets
11:00
 Join Penny the Postie on an exciting adventure that starts when she finds a strange old postbox. Will she be able to help Sir Tich with a fire-breathing dragon or help a pirate outwit the mean Captain Bullybones? A chance for pre-schoolers and their parents to enjoy a book together. Participants will receive a free copy of the book to take away.
Costa Coffee - The Arcade FREE Buy tickets
12:00
 The Independent described Esther Freud as ‘the best writer about childhood we have.’ She will read from and talk about her most recently published book, Lucky Break, her writing process and inspirations and the book she has just finished about the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose tale grew out of a ghost story.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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13:00
 Tim Dowling offers up an examination of what it means to be a husband in the 21st century. Is he a good husband? In a word: no. But he’s prepared to outline his failures with jaw-dropping, and perhaps ill-advised, honesty, so the curious can pick up some handy hints on how to make a marriage as successful and (relatively) nit-free as Tim’s.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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13:00
 Join Penny the Postie on an exciting adventure that starts when she finds a strange old postbox. Will she be able to help Sir Tich with a fire-breathing dragon or help a pirate outwit the mean Captain Bullybones? A chance for pre-schoolers and their parents to enjoy a book together. Participants will receive a free copy of the book to take away.
Children's Section at the Guille-Allès Library SOLD OUT
14:00
In his second talk, which will take place in The Hub, Sir Andrew will talk about the Poetry Archive, which he founded.  The project is an online resource of poems and audio recordings of poets reading from their own work that is changing the way poetry is taught in schools.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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14:00
 An interactive telling of one of Joey’s many adventures. These performances include props so that small children can help tell the story. On Saturday we will have The Big Reveal, when we unveil the winning story in our Joey competition, complete with illustrations!
Guille-Allès Library FREE Buy tickets
15:00
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, share your own favourite reads and get recommendations from others around you.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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16:00
 In a product-oriented world, how can poetry speak of our most pressing eco-concerns? Amazonia is a poetry film of extraordinary beauty and power, whileMario’s award-winning poetry inspires audiences across Europe and fully re-oxygenates the environmental debate.
Les Cotils A: £6
B: £4
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16:00
 Irish/Afro Caribbean duo Spud & Yam (Kate Corkery and Winston Nzinga) will share exciting stories songs and music from their colourful roots in this all-age family event.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
Buy tickets
17:00
 Fat Dandy is Luke Wright's new alter ego, a bit like Ziggy was for Bowie. In turn funny and moving, Fat Dandy looks at solitude, politics and Luke’s dual life as a ‘paunchy dad’ and ‘jobbing fop’ on tour. This is poetry at its most fun and contemporary. Chunky Dory!
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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17:15
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’. Everyone who buys a book on the day will be eligible for it to be stamped with an exclusive Wimpy Kid Show stamp!
Castle Cornet - Hatton Gallery SOLD OUT
 
17:30 - 18:15
How do you research stories about mythical creatures in places that don’t exist? Lene Kaaberbøl, author of The Shamer’s Daughter and about 25 other fantasy novels, talks about making the unreal real.
Castle Cornet - Amherst Room A: £6
B: £4
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18:00
 Stephen May is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. His 2012 novel Life! Death! Prizes! was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize.His new novel Wake Up Happy Every Day is a poignant fairytale about what can happen if you do actually find the pot at the end of the rainbow. Stephen’s performance will be a funny and surprising exploration of what it takes to be happy in the modern world.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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18:45 - 19:30
Richard III, one of history’s most controversial monarchs, 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, co-author of The King’s Grave.
Castle Cornet - Hatton Gallery A: £6
B: £4
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19:00 - 19:20
Unflinching in subject and impressive in delivery, Petrucci is no stranger to the darkest aspects of war, incarceration and folklore. This is poetry to shudder the battlements and awaken ghosts.
Castle Cornet FREE  
20:00 - 00:00
Police Dog Hogan
Dubbed ‘the most literate non-literary band on the circuit’, this bunch of London media mates deliver knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass.
Black Kat Boppers
Black Kat Boppers hail from down on the South Coast Waterway in Southampton and are four guys who love to play hard boppin’, jump up, rockin’ blues, dance music.
Luke Wright
Described by Metro as ‘performance poetry’s key revivalist’, Luke writes bawdy bar room ballads about small town tragedies and Westminster rogues. His live shows are enjoyed by thousands of people every year, where he mixes the wistful with the downright comic to take audiences on an incredible emotional journey.
 
Fermain Travern £20 Buy tickets
20:00
 Robert Rankin is the bestselling author of 33 novels. He is the Father of Far Fetched Fiction. His books are almost impossible to categorise but are a mixture of science fiction, fantasy, urban legends, running gags, metafiction, steampunk and outrageous characters. He will tell his tall tales and perform (the now legendary) toot!
Castle Cornet - Hatton Gallery A: £6
B: £4
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20:00 - 22:30 Hauteville House £20  

SATURDAY
17th MAY

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09:30 - 10:00
 Join Guille-Allès Library staff in the Magic Hub for 30 minutes of exciting, interactive stories. Suitable for all children, from toddlers to primary school age, and their families.
Hub FREE Buy tickets
09:30 - 12:00
 Writing is hard work, and also incredibly rewarding. This lively workshop will help you begin, giving you direction, propulsion and the important tools needed to keep going. Shy beginners, re-starters and the more experienced all welcome.
Les Cotils A £15
B £10
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from 10:00
 The School of Life has set up a Bibliotherapy service: the perfect way to discover those amazing but often elusive works of literature that can illuminate and even change your life. Make an appointment to discuss your reading life - past, present and future- and take home a tailored reading prescription.
Guille-Allès Library £5 Buy tickets
from 10:00
 For poets of any level. Guernsey-born Candy Neubert, award-winning poet, novelist and Senior Reader Poetry for the Bridport Prize, will read your work in advance and give you valuable feedback.
Priaulx Library A £10
B £5
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10:00 - 16:00
 Winning entries from the competition will be loaded onto The Write Stuff App. Aimed at demystifying the process of creating an App, everyone is invited to join this hands-on workshop that teaches digital literacy and coding in a fun and friendly way.
Guille-Allès Library FREE Buy tickets
10:00
 Come and join the action down at The Hub where Bali Rai will be talking about his fast-paced action series Soccer Squad, as well as some other works. Discover where he finds the inspiration for his stories and bring out your inner budding footballer.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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11:00
 Ella will be conducting an ‘On the Couch’ session with well-read local politician Deputy John Gollop.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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11:00
This is your chance to hear Alex and Cerrie reading some of their favourite stories live.  This family event will be led by the well known CBeebies presenters, taking younger readers on a magical interactive journey.
St James, Dorey Room SOLD OUT
 
12:00
 An interactive telling of one of Joey’s many adventures. These performances include props so that small children can help tell the story. On Saturday we will have The Big Reveal, when we unveil the winning story in our Joey competition, complete with illustrations!
Hub FREE Buy tickets
12:00
Cathy Cassidy worked as fiction editor for Jackie Magazine and was an agony aunt for Shout. Her books include The Chocolate Box Girls, a series about five girls whose parents start a business making truffles. Find out where Cathy’s inspiration comes from and how a career as a teen mag journalist, agony aunt and illustrator led to a career as a teen/tween author.
The Caves FREE Buy tickets
12:00 - 12:30
 Choosing the right books for your book club can be tricky but Sally can help you create an interesting list that will cater to all tastes and provoke lively debate. Caxton Books & Gallery is a small independent bookshop and art gallery in Frinton, run by two enormously enthusiastic book lovers - Judith Charlesworth and Sally Johnson. Since taking over the shop, it has become a true community hub.
Guille-Allès Library FREE Buy tickets
13:00 - 15:30
 Place has always inspired great poetry. As a poetry residency frontiersman, Mario Petrucci’s experience in this field is unsurpassed. War museums, workhouses, Olympic bridges and Chernobyl have all come under his productive scrutiny.  Participants will enjoy a fascinating visual presentation and also compose some pieces of their own.
Les Cotils A £15
B £10
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13:00
Ruth Rogers worked as a puppeteer on the National Theatre’s War Horse for four years. Whether or not you’ve seen the show, how these life-sized puppets work is a fascinating process, which Ruth knows inside out. Suitable for everybody
The Hub A: £6
B: £4
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13:00
 Bali Rai grew up in multicultural Leicester, where he still lives today. He will talk about his background and what inspired him to write his brand of teen fiction which has led to him being translated into 11 languages worldwide. Hear about his thrilling books that tackle teenage issues and talk about life as it is. Age 12+
The Caves FREE Buy tickets
14:00
Nordic crime has become increasingly popular, from TV dramas such as The Killing and The Bridge to page-turners by the likes of Jo Nesbø. Join crime writers Anders Ronnow Klarlund and Jacob Weinreich (known collectively as the Kazinsky writers) and Lene Kaaberbøl,being interviewed by local journalist Gary Burgess.
Town Church A: £6
B: £4
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14:00 - 14:30
 Experience the turmoil of a teenage world as the Capulets and Montagues go head to head on the streets. What starts as a meeting at The Caves turns into an energetic fray. Join local actors as they celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of Shakespeare in cutting edge and contemporary style with Romeo and Juliet.
The Caves FREE Buy tickets
14:30 - 16:00
Join John Paul O’Neill for a poetically slammin’ time, and have a go yourself if you like!
The Caves FREE Buy tickets
15:00
 This is your chance to hear Alex and Cerrie reading some of their favourite stories live.  This family event will be led by the well known CBeebies presenters, taking younger readers on a magical interactive journey.
Hub SOLD OUT
 
16:00
 What would you do if you suddenly became responsible for your kid brother? This
Is the set-up of Stephen May’s second novel which, according to the New York Times, is ‘the funniest book you will ever read that begins with the words mum’s funeral.’ Stephen’s bittersweet stories are about under-achievers, daydreamers and warm-hearted losers. A playwright and screenwriter as well as a novelist, he is hoping for lots of difficult questions about a writer’s life.
The Caves FREE Buy tickets
16:00
Best selling author and award-winning former BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie has been on the front line numerous times. She 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.
Town Church A £10
B £5
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17:00
 How do you become a published writer at 15? Lene Kaaberbøl did just that. More than 35 years and 40 books later, she still enjoys writing for young adults. Come and hear how and why.
The Caves FREE Buy tickets
17:00
 Dr Rupert Sheldrake PhD turns the 10 fundamental dogmas of science into questions, opening up startling new possibilities. Rupert is a biologist and author ofmore than 80 scientific papers and 11 books, including The Science Delusion. He isvisiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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17:30
Join Southbank Sinfonia and Elizabeth Went from The Shared Reading Project as they take you on a journey through music and literature inspired by the First World War. A beautiful mixture of reflection and optimism which brings to lifethis unique period of history from various perspectives.
Town Church FREE Buy tickets
18:00
 Wind down with a great film and popcorn. What’s the film, you ask? You’ll have to be there to find out!
The Caves FREE Buy tickets
19:30
A first for GLF: an open-air cabaret where comedy, storytelling and poetry collide. Held on the Market Terrace at sunset, this event will present some of the highlights emerging from the Festival. Islanders will share the stage with some of our stellar names in a celebration of the written and spoken word. A magical, eclectic blend of great music and fantastic writing featuring professional slammers, musicians, an open mic segment and many more surprises -this event is a must for the entire family. 
Market Terrace FREE  
19:00 - 00:00
Wine, dine and travel through time at our exciting extravaganza, the Time Travellers' Dinner. Step into the Tardis, dodge the Daleks and take a literary and culinary journey through the ages with your Time Travel Guide, Gary Burgess. We are delighted to be joined by Neil Perryman, who will reveal how he learned to stop worrying and love Doctor Who, saving his marriage in the process.

From Sonic Screwdriver cocktails to a sumptuous dinner with both vintage and futuristic twists, time will fly at the Time Travellers' Dinner.

The time and the place: The OGH Hotel, Saturday 17th May, 19:00
Dress code: black tie or time-travelling regalia – the choice is yours!
Price: £75 per ticket or make up a table of 10 for £750.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Old Government House £75 Buy tickets

SUNDAY
18th MAY

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From 10:00
 The School of Life has set up a Bibliotherapy service: the perfect way to discover those amazing but often elusive works of literature that can illuminate and even change your life. Make an appointment to discuss your reading life - past, present and future- and take home a tailored reading prescription.
Guille-Allès Library £5 Buy tickets
10:00
Nick Butterworth is an internationally acclaimed children's author and illustrator, best known for his Percy The Park Keeper stories andQ Pootle 5, the friendly little alien, now a star of the small screen in the CBeebies hit series. Nick will talk about his inspiration, tell stories and, with help from the audience, draw pictures live.
St James A £10
B £5
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11:15
Whether you like her or not, you won’t be indifferent to Janet Street-Porter. Famed for her noted national columns and strong views, Janet will talk about her life, career, the media and her love of rambling.
St James A £10
B £5
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11:00
 Although known as Queen of Teen, Cathy Cassidy has also written books for younger readers, notably her Daizy Starseries. Find out how Cathy creates characters and plots and uses daydreams to make the story real. There’ll be some challenges for you too and news of a cool, friendship-themed competition.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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12:00
 An interactive telling of one of Joey’s many adventures. These performances include props so that small children can help tell the story. On Saturday we will have The Big Reveal, when we unveil the winning story in our Joey competition, complete with illustrations!
Guille-Allès Library FREE Buy tickets
12:00
 Neil Perryman tells the true story of how a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey shaped his life and saved his marriage.
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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12:00 - 12:30
 Choosing the right books for your book club can be tricky but Sally can help you create an interesting list that will cater to all tastes and provoke lively debate. Caxton Books & Gallery is a small independent bookshop and art gallery in Frinton, run by two enormously enthusiastic book lovers - Judith Charlesworth and Sally Johnson. Since taking over the shop, it has become a true community hub.
Guille-Allès Library FREE Buy tickets
13:00
More details to follow soon...
St James A £10
B £5
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13:00
The Shared Reading Project continues to grow in popularity and this is your chance to experience this unique approach to literature. Grab a coffee and enjoy literature brought alive with some live reading and lively conversation! We might go ‘on the road’, ‘back in time’ or ‘into the future’ so come along for the ride and take a trip somewhere new..
Costa Coffee - Arcade FREE Buy tickets
14:00
Ruth Rogers worked as a puppeteer on the National Theatre’s War Horse for four years. Whether or not you’ve seen the show, how these life-sized puppets work is a fascinating process, which Ruth knows inside out. Suitable for everybody
Hub A: £6
B: £4
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13:30 - 15:30
 Interested in writing for children? This workshop will take you through some of the steps bestselling children’s author Cathy Cassidy takes when creating a character and developing a plot from scratch. Bring an open mind, questions and plenty of imagination!
Les Cotils A £15
B £10
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14:00
Dr Lucy Worsley is 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. Her most recent book, A Very British Murder, investigates the way that British people have enjoyed murder.
St James A £10
B £5
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17:00 - 19:00
Having been introduced to slam poetry at school where 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!
St James FREE Buy tickets
 
 
The GLF reserves the right to change any event without prior notice.
 
Booking is required for all events, even those that are free of charge, due to space restrictions.
 
 
     

Programme 2014

 
Download the Programme here.

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 litfesteducation@hotmail.co.uk

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 litfesteducation@hotmail.co.uk


 
 

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Buy Tickets

 
Tickets are now on sale on the Ticket Source website!
Buy tickets Download the programme here to see what's on.

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

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

 

For Adults

Help Joey to fly again!

Joey the Trislander will be retiring this year but, with your help, he could fly again - in a story written by you.

In association with Aurigny, the Guernsey Literary Festival is launching an exciting competition to find the author of a new Joey adventure. The winning story will be illustrated and placed on the Joey website (joeyfunzone.com) for the latest generation of the plane's fans to enjoy.

To encourage budding authors, Aurigny and the GLF will be holding a free children's book writing workshop on Saturday 8 March at Les Cotils, led by leading Danish children's author Lene Kaaberbøl.

The closing date of the competition is Friday 28 March. To sign up to the workshop, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07781 143545. Download full details of the competition, which is open to all Channel Island residents over the age of 18, along with terms and conditions here and the entry form here.

The winning story will be revealed during the festival and will be read at a prize-giving event in The Hub, Market Square, at midday on Saturday 17 May.
In addition to seeing their story online, the winner will also receive a pair of return tickets on any Aurigny flight to the UK.

 

For Kids

GET YOUR BRAIN WORKING ON THE WRITE STUFF!

The Guernsey Literary Festival is launching its 2014 writing competition, The Write Stuff.

Your challenge is to write a short story with this intriguing line of dialogue somewhere in the middle of it: 'Everything you have just told me is a complete and utter lie. Now tell me the truth and we might both live.'

For full details of the competition, the deadline of which is Tuesday 15 April, go to www.writestuff.gg.

All winning and highly commended entries will be featured in the Write Stuff App. Happy writing!

 

POEMS ON THE MOVE

Find this year's winners listed here

or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We received a record amount of interest for Guernsey's International Poetry Competition 2013, sponsored by Browns Advocates, with entries from poets all over the world. Winning entries were selected in two phases: 33 poems were chosen for the island’s buses, and 12 of these will also take part in a second display, first at Guernsey Airport, then all over the island.

The Winner's Reading (with Candy Neubert) and the launch of three related exhibitions: il-LUS-TRa-tion, Poems-on-the-Buses and Poems-on-the-Move, will take place at Elizabeth College, in its Performing Arts Centre and in the Gate House Gallery, on

Wednesday 14.May 2014 18:30 Entry FREE

Many thanks to all poets who submitted their work, and our congratulations to this year's winners!

Competitions

 

For Adults

Help Joey to fly again!

Joey the Trislander will be retiring this year but, with your help, he could fly again - in a story written by you.

In association with Aurigny, the Guernsey Literary Festival is launching an exciting competition to find the author of a new Joey adventure. The winning story will be illustrated and placed on the Joey website (joeyfunzone.com) for the latest generation of the plane's fans to enjoy.

To encourage budding authors, Aurigny and the GLF will be holding a free children's book writing workshop on Saturday 8 March at Les Cotils, led by leading Danish children's author Lene Kaaberbøl.

The closing date of the competition is Friday 28 March. To sign up to the workshop, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07781 143545. Download full details of the competition, which is open to all Channel Island residents over the age of 18, along with terms and conditions here and the entry form here.

The winning story will be revealed during the festival and will be read at a prize-giving event in The Hub, Market Square, at midday on Saturday 17 May.
In addition to seeing their story online, the winner will also receive a pair of return tickets on any Aurigny flight to the UK.

 

For Kids

For Kids

GET YOUR BRAIN WORKING ON THE WRITE STUFF!

The Guernsey Literary Festival is launching its 2014 writing competition, The Write Stuff.

Your challenge is to write a short story with this intriguing line of dialogue somewhere in the middle of it: 'Everything you have just told me is a complete and utter lie. Now tell me the truth and we might both live.'

For full details of the competition, the deadline of which is Tuesday 15 April, go to www.writestuff.gg.

All winning and highly commended entries will be featured in the Write Stuff App. Happy writing!

 

POEMS ON THE MOVE

Find this year's winners listed here or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We received a record amount of interest for Guernsey's International Poetry Competition 2013, sponsored by Browns Advocates, with entries from poets all over the world. Winning entries were selected in two phases: 33 poems were chosen for the island’s buses, and 12 of these will also take part in a second display, first at Guernsey Airport, then all over the island.

The Winner's Reading (with Candy Neubert) and the launch of three related exhibitions: il-LUS-TRa-tion, Poems-on-the-Buses and Poems-on-the-Move, will take place at Elizabeth College, in its Performing Arts Centre and in the Gate House Gallery, on

Wednesday 14.May 2014 18:30 Entry FREE

Many thanks to all poets who submitted their work, and our congratulations to this year's winners!

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.

Hotel Packages

We are grateful to the Old Government House Hotel and Les Rocquettes for putting together special Literary Festival packages for the weekend of the Festival. Both hotels are situated in St Peter Port, within easy walking distance of the principal venues.

Download the offers here.

 



 

 

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.

Hotel Packages

We are grateful to the Old Government House Hotel and Les Rocquettes for putting together special Literary Festival packages for the weekend of the Festival. Both hotels are situated in St Peter Port, within easy walking distance of the principal venues.

Download the offers here.

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