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.
Last year’s festival took place between 28th September and 2nd October 2016, with a wide variety of literary events taking place at venues including the Opera House, Jersey Arts Centre, Durrell and the Jersey Library. We were also delighted to announce events at local heritage sites La Hougue Bie and Gorey Castle.
The full programme featured leading writers from a range of genres, including former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, novelists Louise Doughty, Victoria Hislop and Simon Scarrow and journalist Cathy Rentzenbrink, whose memoir The Last Act of Love topped national sales lists in 2016. 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.
It will be evident to any exploring our website that the Jersey Festival of Words has grown significantly in size and scope, and we are thrilled and delighted at what we have to offer this coming autumn, when our third festival will take place between Wednesday 27th September and Sunday October 1st.
We will be announcing the first of this year’s acts in the coming weeks. Stay tuned, and get ready for Jersey Festival of Words 2017!
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.