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.
2015 was our inaugural year and we were delighted to welcome a number of big literary names to our island, including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Holly Smale, Will Smith, Owen Sheers and Simon Barnes. The festival featured a wide and varied range of presentations, as well as 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. As ever we had an extensive children’s programme, numerous events showcasing local writers and a varied series of workshops for all to enjoy.
This year’s festival took place between September 27th 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.
With the curtain only just having fallen, we are now turning our attention to next year’s festival; be sure to follow us on social media for all the latest news as it breaks.
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), Marnie Baudains (secretary), Andy Le Seelleur (treasurer), Pippa Le Quesne (programme director), Laura Perez (marketing and sponsorship), Ed Jewell, Chris Bright, Jo Olszewski, Simon MacDonald, Richard Pedley and Jacqueline Mezec.