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Guernsey Literary Festival

The 2021 Festival takes place from 27th April - 15th May 2021.
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Francesca  Simon

Family Events

Francesca Simon

Two Terrible Vikings

14:30-15:30, May 15, 2021

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Steve Richards

General Events

Steve Richards

Business Breakfast: The Prime Ministers

08:00-9:30, May 14, 2021

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Joanne Harris

General Events

Joanne Harris

Honeycomb & The Strawberry Thief

17:30-18:30, May 15, 2021

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Programme of events

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A Message from Our Honorary Chairman, Terry Waite

There is no doubt whatsoever that the past few months have been difficult for many people. I feel especially for those who have found themselves unemployed and saddled with debts they cannot possibly repay. There are no glib answers that one can give in the face of the pandemic, but it is possible to find hope. I am firmly of the belief that within almost all tragic situations, there is the possibility of finding seeds of hope for the future.

When I was in captivity as a hostage many years ago, I had no books, papers or companions for almost five years. I was chained in a dark room and slept on the floor. It was not at all easy, but I was determined not to feel sorry for myself and to remember that there were many people around the world who were in a far worse situation than I was. During that time, I began to write in my head as I had no pen or paper.

Since those years, I have written many books. It is doubtful that I would have done so had I not been put through that difficult experience. Book and music festivals have been hit especially hard in the past year and they have had to find new ways of working and here the internet has proved to be invaluable. I have taken part in many online events and found them both stimulating and enjoyable. One thing you must do in times of isolation is to keep mentally alive, and the arts have a vital role in this process.

This year the Guernsey Literary Festival will take place in person with Guernsey based authors and via video links with authors worldwide, and I would encourage you to participate in it. Not only will you find it a worthwhile experience, but you will also help to ensure that the Festival has a future once the pandemic is a thing of the past. I look forward to ‘virtually’ meeting you!



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