ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Welcome to the Jersey Festival of Words. This five-day literary event aims to promote a love of the written and spoken word across the community and in a variety of styles and settings.
Launched in 2015 the festival features events at Jersey Opera House, Jersey Arts Centre, and Jersey Library, as well as a variety of other locales (including some of the island’s heritage sites). The festival features a wide and varied range of presentations, plus readings and talks from some of our established local writers and poets.
Jersey Festival of Words 2016 featured Michael Morpurgo, novelists Louise Doughty, Victoria Hislop and Simon Scarrow and writer Cathy Rentzenbrink. Acclaimed novelist and poet Louis de Bernières also visited the Island, as did leading feminist writer Kat Banyard and popular YA authors William Sutcliffe and Eugene Lambert.
2017’s festival took place between September 26th and October 1st, and saw us welcoming a huge number of writers and performers including Richard Dawkins, Dame Jenni Murray, Lauren Child, Alexander McCall Smith and John Boyne.
This year’s festival – our fifth – took place between September 25th and September 29th, featuring Louise Minchin, Jenny Eclair and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, among many others.
THE LITERARY FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION
The Jersey Literary Festival Association is registered with the Royal Court as a not-for-profit organisation.
The festival is chaired by Jennifer Bridge and other committee members are Paul Bisson (vice-chairman + marketing), Marnie Baudains (secretary), Andy Le Seelleur (treasurer), Pippa Le Quesne (programme director), Chris Bright, Jo Olszewski, Simon MacDonald, Richard Pedley and Jacqueline Mezec.