Schools & Community Programme

The Guernsey Literary Festival Schools Programme takes visiting authors into schools across the island to support learning and inspire new ideas.

In 2019, 18 educational talks by authors took place in local schools, attended by 2,283 children.

Authors included in the schools programme included:

•    Ross Collins
•    Sophy Henn
•    Sophie Anderson
•    Piers Torday
•    Kiran Millwood Hargrave
•    Joelle Taylor
•    Lucy Christopher

Community and outreach events organised this year included:

•    A talk by Erwin James at Les Nicolles Prison 
•    Free talks for all ages at the Guille-Allès Library
•    Children’s story teller John Kirk entertained young patients at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital
•    Terry Waite hosted a talk on compassion for healthcare staff at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital 

Our schools and community programme is kindly sponsored by Rothschild & Co. 

A further educational talk by Chrissie Wellington was sponsored by the Ana Leaf Foundation and supported by the Guernsey Triathlon Club.




Outreach Programme – Partner comments

‘On behalf of Guernsey Prison, I would like to thank-you for arranging Erwin James’s visit to the prison as part of this year’s Literary Festival. Erwin’s talk was excellent and I know those who attended, really enjoyed it. We had some great feedback from both staff and prisoners. We very much appreciate the opportunity to have guest speakers visit the prison, and look forward to any other potential opportunities that may arise in the future.’

Anne-Marie Elliott

Pathways Administrator, Guernsey Prison, States of Guernsey

Sophy Henn

Alessia Orme - Notre Dame Infants, Year 2

‘The children absolutely loved meeting Sophy. They learnt so much from her about her books and the way that she draws her characters. They were really inspired by her and they all want to have a go at illustrating their own made-up stories they have been doing. It was very well organised and very smooth!’

Chrissie Wellington

Tammie Harris - Les Beaucamps High, Years 9-10

‘Thank you for giving us the opportunity to host such a brilliant athlete. She was really great and the students very much enjoyed it.’

Professor Kerry Brown

Andy Carey - Elizabeth College, 6th form

‘It was a genuine pleasure to be involved, and the boys really enjoyed the talk from Professor Brown. Thanks so much for all your help with the organisation, and I hope the College and Literary Festival can work together in a similar way in the future.’

Lucy Christopher & Joelle Taylor

Emma Beardsell - Grammar, Years 11-13

“We enjoyed the education programme and the students gained a great deal both from Lucy Christopher’s writing workshop and from Joelle Taylor’s slam poetry performance during Friday lunchtime.”

Rangan Chatterjee - Blanchelande College

Emma Stafford-Bell – Exams Officer and Development Secretary:

“We were absolutely delighted that we had the opportunity for Rangan Chatterjee to come into Blanchelande College to talk to our pupils. His talk was very relevant to the age groups he spoke with and I believe that he really made an impact on the children he spoke to. After his talk, he was talking to pupils and teachers and was very happy to answer questions.”

Why Comics - Vale Junior School

Berto Fernandes, 10 said

“I just loving drawing. It was fun to meet the people from the comic book, they have a cool job”

Anne Niven, Guernsey Literary Festival volunteer

“Telling difficult stories about migration, refugees and climate change through comics is a great way to education them. It’s also a fantastic way to get children into reading”

Murray Lachlan Young - St Sampson’s High School

Julie Herbert – English teacher:

“The feedback from students and teachers has been very positive.  Murray managed to engage even our most challenging students. Our students asked a few tricky questions but these were handled well by Murray.”


“‘funny’, ‘Great how he included the pupils’ , ‘excellent sense of humour’, ‘wish it was longer’ and ‘I would have liked to hear more poems.’”

Other teachers:

“‘The pupils were thoroughly engaged’

‘I thought he grabbed students’ attention quickly and sustained it well. His own story of how his interest in poetry grew was inspirational.’”

Mimi Anderson - Ladies College

Hilary Richardson – Librarian:

“I can give you a one word quote: "inspirational" or a phrase: "the best speaker we have had in the Ladies' college library". Both of these are absolutely true. What an amazing lady Mimi is. Thanks for organising this for us.”

Hannah Jones. 12

“It was really interesting and really inspirational. I’d like to try harder, using her motivation”

Amelia Le Prevost, 12

She would use her story as inspiration of her own sporting activities.

“it’s incredible how she can motivate herself so well. My sport is swimming, so I will use that to be faster and push my limits”

Duncan Barrett - Beachwood School

Peter Sargent

“I just wanted to say thank you for organising Duncan’s visit today. The stories really have helped to develop an understanding of what it was like to be in the Channel Islands during the Second World War. I know that the children enjoyed the talk and it will definitely support the work we are doing in Year 6.”

Ross Montgomery - La Houguette School

Siobhan Burke, La Houguette School Teacher

“Our session with Ross this afternoon was fantastic. He had amazing presence and strategies with the children. Many thanks.”

Daljit Nagra - Grammar School

Emma Beardsell – Head of English:

“Daljit Nagra was excellent! In his interactions with students after the talk, he showed honesty and encouragement in fostering the talents of young writers, encouraging them to write journals and enter writing competitions.”

Anna Quick – Librarian:

“I was involved with Daljit Nagra’s visit to the Grammar School and Sixth Form Centre. Daljit is a very good communicator with sixth formers, having been a teacher himself, and he talked engagingly about his life and work and read several passages, including a very funny and spirited reading of his poem Singh Song (a GCSE set text). The response from students was very positive, including some good questions, and I know that this visit inspired at least one student to start writing poetry themselves.

It is really encouraging when speakers from outside visit the island schools, as an individual school cannot organise this by itself, due to flight costs.”


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