AN EVENING WITH SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 20.00 / £25 (to include signed paperback copy of George Best: A Memoir)
SPONSORED BY CAREY OLSEN
An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.
In conversation with his son Mike, and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire to the top of those famous stairs, whilst reliving the best moments from a show that for many defined their Saturday night.
Michael Parkinson left school at sixteen with the ambition to play cricket for Yorkshire and England and to write about cricket for the Manchester Guardian. Although he didn’t manage to fulfil the first half of his ambition, he has since become one of the most successful journalists of his generation. He wrote a sports column for The Sunday Times for fifteen years and has also written for the Telegraph.
He is also a legendary TV and radio presenter – his long-running chat show Parkinson was named one of the top ten TV programmes of all time by the BFI. For three decades, Parkinson interviewed the movers and shakers of the late twentieth century, making his television programme the must-see event of the week. In singing with Bing Crosby, dancing with Billy Connolly, flirting with Miss Piggy and sparring with Muhammad Ali, Parkinson proved himself one of the most engaging and durable hosts.
Michael Parkinson is the author of several books, including his autobiography Parky: A Full and Funny Life and his memoir Parky’s People: Intimate Insights into 100 Legendary Encounters. He was awarded a knighthood for services to broadcasting in the 2008 New Year’s honours list.
Signed paperback copy of George Best: A Memoir with each ticket.
Event kindly sponsored by
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 20.00 / £15
From Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller and acclaimed comedian Jenny Eclair comes her heart-breaking new novel
Telling the story of three generations and one Cornish mansion, Inheritance combines an incredible poignancy and unforgettable characters with Jenny Eclair’s trademark wit and observational humour, serving as the perfect follow-up for fans of Jenny’s Richard & Judy bestseller Moving.
We are all what our families make us. Beginnings, middles and ends; Peggy, Serena, Natasha and Bel. This is the room that binds them, this is how consequences work…
In deepest Cornwall, the mansion Kittiwake has seen many pass through its doors since it was bought by American heiress Peggy Carmichael seventy years ago. Over the decades, the keys have been handed down through the family, and now it belongs to Bel’s adoptive brother, Lance. It’s where he’ll be celebrating his 50th birthday, and Bel is invited.
But in going back to Kittiwake, Bel will be returning to the place where it all began where, following the death of a child, a sequence of events was set in motion years ago, the consequences of which are still rippling down through the generations…
‘Witty, moving, dark and absorbing … it occupied my mind constantly‘ Jo Brand on Moving
‘A tender and bittersweet story, examining love, bereavement and memory … heart-breaking but life-affirming’ Sunday Mirror on Moving
Jenny Eclair is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of four critically acclaimed novels: Camberwell Beauty; Having a Lovely Time; Life, Death and Vanilla Slices and Moving. One of the UK’s most popular and successful comedians of her generation, she helped develop and regularly appeared in the show Grumpy Old Women and a variety of successful spin-offs, and was the first woman to win Edinburgh’s prestigious Perrier Award.
Interviewing Jenny will be The Writes of Women blogger, Naomi Frisby.
SIR ROBIN KNOX-JOHNSTON
RUNNIN FREE / JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 26th SEPTEMBER / 20.00
When Robin Knox-Johnston sailed in to Falmouth in April 1969 onboard his 32-foot yacht Suhaili, he made history. He had become the first man ever to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single handed. His journey had last 312 days, and he’d had to battle against storms and huge waves to make his way home.
Fifty years on from that record-breaking voyage, Running Free is Knox-Johnston’s vivid account of a life lived to the full. In his early days in the Royal Navy and merchant navy, he was even called upon to do some spying in the Gulf. While living in Bombay in the 1960s, he built Suhaili and then sailed her back to Britain. One of the world’s most successful yachtsmen, he set a new record time for the fastest circumnavigation in 1994, and became the oldest competitor in the Velux 5 Ocean’s Challenge, completing a solo round-the-world voyage at 68.
He also took on new challenges, including mountaineering with Sir Chris Bonington and trekking through the Arctic with Sir Ranulph Fiennes and John Simpson. As he approaches his 80th birthday, he is still seeking fresh adventures and helping to inspire a new generation of sailors through Clipper ventures. Running Free is an action-packed, rollercoaster ride across the high seas, where mistakes can prove fatal. Knox-Johnston writes with pride about Britain’s great maritime tradition, and his insatiable appetite for life shines through on every page.
Robin Knox-Johnston was born in Putney in 1939 and joined the merchant navy at the age of 17. After successfully completing a non-stop solo circumnavigation of the globe on Suhaili in 1969, he took on numerous other sailing challenges and became a successful business man. He continues to sail and works as executive chairman of Clipper Ventures to introduce people to competitive sailing.
Visit his website: robinknox-johnston.co.uk follow on twitter @SirRKJ
DARE TO TRI
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 / £10
EVENT SPONSORED BY CANACCORD GENUITY WEALTH MANAGEMENT
TV presenter Louise Minchin’s incredible journey from the BBC Breakfast sofa to representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships.
What started out as a fun BBC Breakfast cycling stunt in 2012, culminated in Louise Minchin wearing the colours of Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championship in 2015. This is the story of how a newly discovered sport became a passion and then an obsession.
Dare to Tri charts Louise Minchin’s progress as she rediscovers competitive sport after 30 years and takes her first tentative steps as a triathlete. As her performances improve, there’s a realisation that representing the Great British team in her age group is a possibility and the book tells of her plucky attempt to achieve this almost-unthinkable goal.
It is an adventure not without its challenges as Louise has to overcome personal nerves, a brutal training regime, the odd bike crash and the occasional drama. Along the way Louise rediscovers the forgotten joys of sport and receives surprising rewards in the form of new-found respect from her teenage daughters and the realisation of the important role mothers play in inspiring girls to continue to enjoy sport.
‘Louise’s amazing journey to becoming a triathlete encourages us all to be a little more adventurous’ Dame Darcey Bussell
‘Witty, genuine and engaging’ Outdoor Fitness
Louise Minchin is one of the UK’s best known news presenters and television broadcasters. For more than six years she has been the anchor of BBC Breakfast, the UK’s most popular breakfast programme. She has presented the One O’clock News, guest presents on BBC Radio Four’s You and Yours and is the BBC’s triathlon presenter.
HARD PUSHED – A MIDWIFE’S STORY
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 12.00
No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife.
Leah Hazard’s life on the NHS frontline, working within a maternity system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of vulnerability to remarkable displays of human strength, from heart-wrenching grief to the pure, perfect joy of a new-born baby, Leah has seen it all.
Through her eyes, we meet Eleanor, whose wife is a walking miracle of modern medicine, their baby a feat of reproductive science; Crystal, pregnant at just fifteen, the precarious, flickering life within her threatening to come far too soon; Mrs Bhatti, who insists that Leah simply must write her own elaborate thank-you card; and Pei Hsuan, who has travelled hundreds of miles to somehow find herself at the open door of Leah’s ward.
Moving, compassionate and intensely candid, Hard Pushed is a love letter to new mothers and to Leah’s fellow midwives – there for us at the most challenging, empowering and defining moments of our lives.
‘Heart-rending, inspiring and funny, Hard Pushed brings alive the world of midwifery in all its complexity and radiates love and respect for women.’ Professor Lesley Page CBE, former president of the Royal College of Midwives
Leah Hazard is a serving NHS midwife in Scotland. Having studied at Harvard, she left a career in television to pursue her lifelong interest in women’s health after the birth of her first daughter in 2003. She soon began working as a doula, supporting women in pregnancy and attending numerous births in homes and hospitals across the country. The birth of Leah’s second daughter in 2006 prompted her to make the leap into midwifery. Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of clinical areas within the NHS maternity services, including antenatal clinics, triage units and labour wards.
FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION / H IS FOR HARRY / JERSEY LIBRARY / REFERENCE LIBRARY / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 – 20.00
Organised by Every Child Our Future.
H is for Harry is a coming of age story about Harry, a charismatic 11-year old boy, who arrives at secondary school in suburban London unable to read or write. With the help of his extremely dedicated teacher, can Harry overcome the illiteracy ingrained across generations of his family? The screening will be followed by a short panel session to address the issues raised by the film.
A.F. HARROLD – MIDNIGHT FEASTS + THE AFTERWARDS
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 10.00
SUITABLE KS2 + 3
SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL
Returning to Jersey Festival of Words is the hugely entertaining poet A.F. Harrold.
Midnight Feasts is a tasty anthology for children, edited by A.F. Harrold and beautifully illustrated by Katy Riddell, featuring poems about food from a diverse range of poets from William Carlos Williams and Imtiaz Dharker to Joseph Coelho and Sabrina Mahfouz.
The Afterwards is a powerful, poignant, darkly comic and deeply moving story about friendship at its most extraordinary.
Fact: Ember and Ness are best friends. There’s nothing more to say about it. It is what it is. It is what will always be. Then Ness dies. It is sudden and unexpected and leaves Ember completely empty. When Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, she determines to bring Ness back. Because that’s what friends do isn’t it? They rescue each other. They help. They never give up.
‘A brave, challenging and beautifully written book that unflinchingly confronts death, grief and denial, but which is redeemed by a dark humour and, beneath everything, a beating heart of love’ Daily Mail
A.F. Harrold is an English poet who writes and performs for adults and children. He spends his time showing off on stage, writing poems and books, and stroking his beard (it helps churn the ideas). He is the author of The Song from Somewhere Else (illustrated by Levi Pinfold), the Fizzlebert Stump series, and the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal longlisted The Imaginary (illustrated by Emily Gravett).
THE ALAN WHICKER ARCHIVE BY CATHERINE KIRBY, ARCHIVIST / REFERENCE LIBRARY / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 – 19.00
An archive is so much more than piles of paper. Stories from the three-year journey through Alan Whicker’s boxes of letters, telegrams, passports, newspaper cuttings, research notes, diaries, photographs and jigsaw puzzles. The talk is also a reminder of the ways we used to communicate before the invention of the internet
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 16.00 / £8
Prize-winning and bestselling historian, Andrew Lownie, returns to Jersey Festival of Words with a nuanced portrayal of two very unusual people and their complex marriage.
Earl Mountbatten of Burma is one of the major British historical figures of the twentieth century (and a central figure in The Crown) whose career included being Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia during World War Two and the last Viceroy of India. Once the richest woman in Britain and a playgirl who enjoyed numerous affairs, Edwina Mountbatten emerged from World War Two as a magnetic and talented charity worker loved around the world. Their lives provide an opportunity to look at the most important and controversial issues of the last century.
From British high society and the South of France to the battlefields of Burma and the Viceroy’s House, this is a rich and filmic story whose characters include all the key figures of the Second World War. From Churchill and Montgomery to Roosevelt and Eisenhower; the Royal Family, including the Duke of Windsor, George VI, the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Charles; to Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Salvador Dali, George Gershwin, Grace Kelly and Merle Oberon.
Andrew Lownie was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was President of the Union, before studying for a Masters and Doctorate in history at Edinburgh University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former Cambridge history fellow, he has run his own literary agency since 1988. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines and his books include lives of the writer John Buchan and the spy Guy Burgess. Stalin’s Englishman was a Book/Biography of the Year in the Times, Guardian, Spectator, BBC History Magazine and Daily Mail and won the St Ermin’s Hotel Intelligence Prize, the premier intelligence book award in the English-speaking world. It was also optioned by the makers of Sherlock for a drama.
Eve Simmons and Laura Dennison
EVE SIMMONS & LAURA DENNISON
HOW TO FEEL THE FEAR AND EAT IT ANYWAY
VICTORIA COLLEGE / WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER / 14.30 / (JCG + VCJ KS4 only)
SPONSORED BY SALTGATE IN ASSOCIATION WITH VICTORIA COLLEGE
Fight the food fads, beat anxiety and eat in peace
Eve Simmons and Laura Dennison, co-founders of the acclaimed website Not Plant Based, are on a mission to help you love food again. The principle is very simple: eat what you like and don’t worry about it. This is a game-changing narrative for anyone who has struggled to ﬁnd a balance between healthy and happy, empty and full.
Armed with knowledge from the world’s leading diet and nutrition experts, two hungry women sort the nutritional nonsense from the scientiﬁc fact, while injecting some long-lost deliciousness back into the conversation.
Eve and Laura discuss their own experiences of eating disorders and offer expert-led practical advice and coping mechanisms to help ease food anxiety with some delicious recipes thrown in along the way.
No one is saying healthy eating is bad; there is simply a lot of misleading information out there and food is so much more than just healthy eating: it’s family, friends, enjoyment and memories.
Eve Simmons and Laura Dennison are both journalists: Eve is deputy health editor at Mail on Sunday and Laura is currently freelance, following three years at The Press Association. Laura also runs her own anti-diet PR company called Sugar Content PR. When Laura watched Eve being interviewed on the BBC Documentary Clean Eating’s Dirty Secrets about her no nonsense attitude to so-called ‘clean eaters’, and how such ‘nutribabble’ contributed to her anorexia, she decided to approach her about founding a new website, Not Plant Based. Their website covers a broad range of topics from nutritional advice to restaurant tips, to practical mental health advice, and features interviews with a wide range of chefs, food writers and inﬂuencers, including Jay Rayner and Bryony Gordon. Founded in 2016, the blog has already attracted a growing social media following of 15,000 fans.
THE SALT PATH
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 11.00
In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband Moth lost their home of 20 years, just as a terminal diagnosis threatened to take away their future together. With nowhere else to go, they decided to walk the South West Coast Path: a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.
This ancient, wind-battered landscape stripped them of every comfort they had previously known. With very little money for food or shelter, Raynor and Moth carried everything on their backs and wild camped on beaches and clifftops. But slowly, with every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, the walk set them on a remarkable journey.
The Salt Path is a beautiful, powerfully honest and deeply moving memoir about overcoming adversity, the redemptive qualities of walking and nature, about survival, the meaning of ‘home’ and above all, about love.
‘A beautiful, thoughtful, lyrical story of homelessness, human strength and endurance’ The Guardian
Since completing the South West Coast Path, Raynor Winn has become a regular long-distance walker and writes about nature, homelessness and wild camping. She lives in Cornwall with her husband Moth and their dog, Monty, still on the South West Coast Path. The Salt Path, her first book, was a Sunday Times bestseller and shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Biography Award.
GET YOUR KIDS TO EAT ANYTHING
SAMARÈS SCHOOL / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 / FREE
SPONSORED BY CARING COOKS
Join Emily Leary and discover her wonderfully practical approach to fussy eating.
Get Your Kids to Eat Anything is an achievable ‘how to’ for parents in the battle to overcome picky eating. Emily Leary’s unique 5-phase programme looks at the issue of ‘fussy eating’ in a holistic way that links imagination with food, and which situates parents alongside – not in opposition to – their children.
Embark on a food discovery which will change the way you look at food and bring healthy variety into every meal for years to come. Ease away from the same four-to-six staple meals most families fall back on, towards truly varied meal plans from day to day, week to week, to the point where introducing your whole family to new flavours, colours and textures is a breeze because new is the norm.
Emily Leary is a multi-award-winning writer, presenter, blogger and vlogger, and a married working mum of two children. In 2011 she launched her blog, A Mummy Too – the place to go for daily recipes, tips and video guides for busy working parents who want to get the most out of family life and parenting. With over 300,000 followers, it has become one of the most popular websites in the UK for parents and is consistently listed in the top 10 in UK blogging charts, winning awards including Best Food Blog at the MAD Blog Awards and the Britmums Brilliance in Blogging Awards. Emily has been ranked at 63 in Grocer Magazine’s Top 100 UK Foodie Influencers in 2016 alongside the likes of Jamie Oliver and Gregg Wallace. She has columns in the Huffington Post and Metro and has worked in brand partnerships with major worldwide companies including: M&S, Innocent, Disney, American Express and Onken.
Emily Leary will also be taking a cooking class at Samarès School at 15.45.
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 10.00 / £8
Daughter of renowned poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Frieda Hughes will be sharing some of her experiences and observations in a reading from her recently published selected poems Out of the Ashes, which comprises the main body of work from her collections Wooroloo, Stonepicker, Waxworks and The Book of Mirrors. She will also be reading from her illustrated collection, Alternative Values, which includes poems on love, death, life and some very personal insights into her childhood.
Born in London in 1960, Frieda Hughes is a painter and poet. She has also written children’s books, articles for magazines and newspapers, and was the Times Poetry columnist from 2006-2008. She has judged numerous poetry competitions, as chair judge for the Forward Prizes for Poetry and for the National Poetry Competition among others. Her poems have appeared in many leading publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The London Magazine, The Times, The Spectator, Tatler, Thumbscrew, and Agenda.
Frieda Hughes’s fable-like poems draw on her early years in Devon and Yorkshire, a lifelong engagement with nature and itinerant wildlife, and later experiences when living in Australia, London, and most recently Wales.
‘She is a courageous poet with a rich palette and the ability to create some startling and memorable images.’ Maura Dooley & Jamie McKendrick, PBS Bulletin
‘Her book is about aloneness, about cathartic confrontation and rebirth… The position of the confessional voice in this poetry is quite deceptive – the “I” can be both public and personal. Such poems outflank the obvious. This is poetry come out of siege.’ John Kinsella, Observer
As a painter, Frieda regularly exhibits in London. In November 2018 she exhibited the first 100 abstract images of a 400 image project in which, as a means of informing her art through her experiences, Frieda illustrated 400 consecutive days of her life with 400 oil on canvas paintings as a means of making something positive out of the most difficult days, to include a family death and personal illness. Great joy and happiness also feature…
She resides in Wales with owls and motorbikes.
THE DEEP: The Hidden Wonders of Our Ocean and How We Can Protect Them
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 16.30 / £10
SPONSORED BY PORTS OF JERSEY
Our oceans are facing a catastrophe and have already suffered irreparable damage – this is the rallying cry for help from one of the world’s leading experts in marine biology, in a bid to help and repair our oceans.
Professor Alex Rogers, who recently served as a scientific consultant on the BBC’s Blue Planet II series, has spent the past 30 years studying life in the deep ocean. In The Deep, he takes us on an epic and utterly unforgettable voyage to an alien world, and brings us right to the edge of what is known about our oceans today.
Introducing us to glittering coral gardens, submarine mountains and a range of bizarre and breath-taking sea creatures, many of which he discovered first-hand, Rogers not only illustrates the ocean’s enormous and untold impact on our lives, but also shows how we are damaging it catastrophically through pollution, overfishing, and the insidious and global effects of climate change.
Alex Rogers is Science Director of the Norwegian foundation REV Ocean, a Visiting Professor at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford. As one of the leading marine biologists in the world, Alex advises the UN, Greenpeace, the WWF, and the G8 countries on ocean ecology.
Alex Rogers will be in conversation with photographer Matt Porteous, one of the founders of environmental campaign Ocean Culture Life.
Event kindly sponsored by
KONNIE HUQ – COOKIE
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 12.00
SUITABLE KS2 + 3
SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL
Get ready to meet Cookie Haque – funny, science-obsessed and ready to take on the world!
Join author, broadcaster and beloved former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq as she introduces you to Cookie and her adventures in the first of a sparkling new 7-12-year-old series.
With live draw-alongs, brain-busting quizzes and games galore – prepare for non-stop comedy fun.
Cookie has never quite felt as if she fits in – a quirky girl with a touch of the geek, from a Bangladeshi family, and with an uncanny ability to get herself into almost constant scrapes. Populated by a hilarious cast of characters, the Cookie books will strike a chord for anyone who’s ever been to school.
‘Smart, funny and full of warmth, just like its author’ David Walliams
‘Everybody’s going to fall in love with Cookie. She’s clever and funny and just can’t seem to get anything right.’ Charlie Higson
Konnie Huq is a huge advocate for getting girls into science and as a child was just as obsessive as her character Cookie. Konnie’s first foray on television was presenting the satellite show TVFM at the tender age of 16. She is best known for being the longest serving member of the Blue Peter team and has recently started presenting The Tube on Channel 4 Radio. And in between all of this, she’s even managed to fit in an Economics degree from Cambridge! In 2009 Huq won the Best Rising Star Screenplay Angel award at the Monaco International Film Festival and she co-wrote, with husband Charlie Brooker, the second episode of the Channel 4 anthology series Black Mirror, entitled Fifteen Million Merits.
SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR
VICTORIA COLLEGE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 15.00 / £TBC
SPONSORED BY SALTGATE IN ASSOCIATION WITH VICTORIA COLLEGE
Sometimes you need to risk everything… To find your something.
With the warmth of David Nicholls and the charm and humour of Nick Hornby, this brilliant debut novel by Richard Roper, Something to Live For, explores one man’s attempts to let go of the past and start his life afresh.
Andrew works with death for a living. Searching for people’s next of kin and attending the funerals if they don’t have anyone, he’s desperate to avoid the same fate for himself. Which is fine, because he has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people. The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and the little white lie he once told in the past is about to catch up with him. Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.
Richard Roper was inspired by an article he read about the council workers who deal with situations when someone dies alone. Their days are spent sifting through the ephemera of those who’ve slipped through the cracks, searching for clues to next of kin. Council workers are under no obligation to attend the funerals. Yet they do, sometimes dozens of them a year, just to make sure at least someone is there.
‘Funny, moving and uplifting…I loved it’ Libby Page, bestselling author of The Lido
‘A perfect, quirky summer page-turner. A life-affirming debut’ The Times
Richard Roper will be joined by Nick Duerden, author of A Life Less Lonely, at this panel event on loneliness.
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 20.30 / £8
SPONSORED BY JCRAG
Join former Jersey resident, Bram Wanrooij, who has recently published Displaced, on Europe and the global refugee crisis.
Displaced attempts to answer the question of why the European refugee crisis has escalated at this particular point in history, bringing together seemingly separated themes of escalating inequality, declining faith in institutions and politicians, the retracting of governments from public issues (deregulation), and a marketization of politics and climate change.
Displaced offers a window onto a multi-faceted crisis, which is unfolding before our eyes, examining how Europe’s struggle with migration is embedded in some of the wider challenges our societies face.
In recent decades, various states around Europe have collapsed or suffered sustained conflict and political repression. At the same time, Europe’s societies have become more unequal and divided, with the EU increasingly committing itself to the logic of neoliberalism. This has eroded our public institutions, undermining our sense of solidarity and community, whilst creating anger, frustration and distrust amongst the populations of Europe. In this sense, Europe is also experiencing a crisis, which in turn can lead to conflict.
Bram Wanrooij is an educator, activist and researcher, currently living and working in Hanoi, Vietnam.
THE BLONDE PLOTTERS
MYVLF – VIRTUAL LITERARY FESTIVAL
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MRR / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 12.30 / £5
The Blonde Plotters will be talking about MYVLF, how it benefits readers and authors, and their next virtual event coming in November.
The Blonde Plotters are three local authors, Gwyn GB, Kelly Clayton and Deborah Carr. In April they revealed a project they had spent eighteen months developing: MYVLF.com is the first global virtual literary festival venue – connecting readers and authors. In June, they held their inaugural event hosting author speakers including Peter James, Tess Gerritsen, C L Taylor and Barbara Erskine.
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD – ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 12.00
SUITABLE KS2 + 3
SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL
A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention
Using a giant 25-foot-long timeline as a backdrop, and his signature coat of many pockets, Christopher will stop off at 15 defining moments that have shaped all history – natural, stone age, ancient and modern. Each moment is represented by a different everyday object that represents a theme as significant to explaining the past as it is pertinent to determining the future.
“Taking a step back, is often far more valuable than racing two steps ahead”, says the author, who is famous for enthralling audiences all over the world with his highly interactive talks. “And when you take that step back and see how knowledge connects together you’ll discover how the real world is far more amazing than anything you can make up!”
‘ABSOLUTELY AMAZING … Children will love it – and adults too!’ Jacqueline Wilson
Christopher Lloyd graduated with a double first in history from Cambridge in 1990 and went on to become the Technology Editor for The Sunday Times. He left in 2000 to become CEO of Immersive Education in Oxford before becoming an author in 2006. His best-selling history of the world What on Earth Happened? is now in 15 languages and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. He established his own publishing house, What on Earth Publishing, in 2010 and has published a series of timelines in collaboration with illustrator Andy Forshaw covering history, nature, science, sport, Shakespeare and Magna Carta. Christopher is now in great demand as a lecturer and storyteller in schools, museums and at literary festivals throughout the UK and abroad.
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 / £12
Join Owen O’Neill for 90 minutes of Red Noise – a hybrid of stand-up comedy, theatrical monologue and poetry, blended to perfection.
Owen O’Neill has toured the world with his one-man shows accumulating a string of awards including three Fringe Firsts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Edinburgh Critics Award for best comedy, The Angel Award for best one-man show, The Time Out Comedy Award, Best Actor at the 2010 1st Irish Theatre Festival in New York City and Best Short Film award at the Boston Film Festival 2008.
True stories from his life include: being struck by lightning at nine years old and being told he had the cure for cancer; being interrogated by an IRA man with a stammer (the longest two hours of his life); how his feature film debut with Liam Neeson went horribly wrong; and being brought up in a family of sixteen siblings and having to queue for breakfast.
‘He is a proliﬁc writer and tireless performer of his own work – dramatically accomplished, emotionally charged and very funny. He’s got a darker side too, but what underscores all his work is a deeply poetic spirit which shines through.’ The Spectator *****
‘O’Neill is a master storyteller, to call what he does stand-up does not do him justice. This is genuine comedy from the gut.’ The New York Times *****
‘O’Neill will take you on a rollercoaster ride, strap in.’ The Scotsman *****
LINDA ROSE PARKES
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 / £5
Linda Rose Parkes will read from her latest collection, This Close, and other new poems. She will be joined by poets Sandra Noel, Nicky Mesch, Linda Lock, Juliette Hart and Sharon Champion performing some of their own work, with music from Mike Freeman on saxophone, and vocals and guitar from Martin Greene. Intense and daring, never solemn, come and be immersed in a polyphony of voices.
‘We are lucky these poems are tethered to the page by ink because they want to run, float, fly from the paper into a Chagall sky, voluptuous with possibility. Linda Rose Parkes writes as she paints – with generosity, wonder and luminous colour.’ Helen Ivory
Linda Rose Parkes spent nineteen years in Germany, after studying literature and completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She worked in adult education, had her two children and collaborated with songwriters and musicians, forming a singer-songwriter-poetry band called Menagerie, performing at festivals, bars and cafés. Some of her poems have been set to music and she continues to collaborate with songwriter-musicians. Missing the sea, she returned to her native Jersey. She is also a painter and was the winner of the 2018 Fox Open Art Competition. This Close is her fourth collection.
ADAM AND CHARLOTTE GUILLAIN
MERMAID AND PIRATE MASH-UP
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 10.00 / £7
Join Adam and Charlotte Guillain for a musical, interactive family event with puppets, focusing on their two bestselling series, Molly’s Magic Wardrobe and George’s Amazing Adventures.
Molly’s Magic Wardrobe: The Mermaid Mission In this rhyming adventure full of magic, Molly visits the enchanted dressing-up wardrobe in her Granny’s house. Today she’s going t o be . . . a mermaid! With a whizz and a pop and a shower of stars, Molly dives below the sea and soon finds herself on a mission: she must race to save the mermaids’ shipwreck from some pesky sharks!
George’s Amazing Adventures: Pizza for Pirates A boy called George had a wonderful plan – to search for a real pirate crew. So he packed up a pizza, his favourite feast…
Adam Guillain is a children’s writer, musician and a co-founder of Storytelling Schools. Charlotte Guillain taught English to air traffic controllers and nurses before deciding a career in publishing would endanger fewer lives. Since meeting in Zanzibar while working with Voluntary Services Overseas, they have written multiple picture books together.
YASMIN RAHMAN – ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID
HIGHLANDS COLLEGE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 10.45
SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL
Written in three points of view, a moving and impactful debut exploring the life-saving power of friendship.
16-year-old Mehreen’s anxiety and depression, or ‘Chaos’, as she calls it, has taken over her life. So she joins MementoMori, a website that matches people with partners and allocates them a date and method of death. Mehreen is paired with Cara and Olivia, two strangers dealing with their own serious issues.
As they secretly meet over the coming days, Mehreen develops a strong bond with the only people who seem to understand what she’s going through. But soon, the thing that brought them together has also created a supportive friendship that makes them realise that, maybe life could be worth living. It’s not long before all three want out of the pact they made. But in a terrifying twist of fate, the website won’t let them stop, and an increasingly sinister game begins …
‘I grew up in a traditional Bengali Muslim family, similar to that of my character Mehreen. In our culture, there is little understanding of mental illness. I remember assuming I was abnormal, that there was no one who could understand me. It was also around this time that I found YA literature. I grew obsessed with books on the topic of mental health, becoming overwhelmed at the notion that someone understood what was happening; someone felt the same (even if they were fictitious) … It’s the book I wish I’d had as a teenager.’ Yasmin Rahman
Yasmin Rahman is a British Muslim born and raised in Hertfordshire. All The Things We Never Said is her first novel. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Hertfordshire and an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University, both with Distinction. When she’s not writing, Yasmin makes bookish fan art; her designs are sold worldwide on behalf of John Green.
TAKING THE FIFTH
PLAYS ROUGH / 16 NEW STREET / WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER / 19.00-20.00 and 20.00-21.00 / both £10
The Georgian House will be cuddling three short plays from Plays Rough; there is no ghost in the kitchen as a modern day archeological architect finds out to his cost, an 18th century reflection on the scurrilous French on the first floor, and an explosive marriage taking off on the top level as man walks on the moon…
BARBARA KENDALL DAVIES
TRUTH WILL FIND A WAY
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MRR / SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 14.30 / £5
Set in Mayfair, London, Truth Will Find a Way features a group of friends whose private lives are as unconventional as those of the Bloomsbury Set. The group’s lynchpin, Lady Monica Montford, runs the Gayton Art Gallery, a central meeting place for the friends when they visit the capital. The interweaving of their personal relationships is as complex as a game of chess; will they all remain on good terms?
Barbara Kendall-Davies is the author of the seminal, two-volume biography The Years of Fame and The Years of Grace of the French singer, composer and teacher Pauline Viardot Garcia, as well as a family history, The Food of Love, set at the beginning of the Second World War, and an esoteric exploration of life after death, Life Is Everlasting.
Barbara Kendall-Davies was a professional opera and concert singer from 1965 until 2012 and she also appeared on TV and radio during her long career, and since 2004 has been a regular speaker and interviewee on BBC Radio Jersey.
THE GRUFFALO IN JERRIAIS: BOOK LAUNCH
VICTORIA COLLEGE / SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 11.30 / £5
“Un gruffalo? Tchi dgiâtre qué ch’est?”
“Un gruffalo! As–tu ouï d’ité?
Why, didn’t you know?!
Following the success in 2018 of J’allons à la chasse à l’ourse, a Jèrriais version of Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, the Jèrriais Teaching Service is looking to repeat the success in 2019 with a translation of another classic children’s story, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. Join the little brown ‘souothis’ as we take a stroll through the deep dark ‘bouaîs’sie’.
To celebrate the launch of ‘Lé Gruffalo’, we invite families to come and enjoy storytelling and Gruffalo themed craft activities. There’s even a chance you may get to say ‘bouônjour’ to the Gruffalo himself!
SHE IS FIERCE: BRAVE, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL POEMS BY WOMEN
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 13.30 / £8
She is Fierce is a powerful collection of 150 poems that celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage. Join editor Ana Sampson as she talks about the anthology and hear a selection of the poems.
The collection contains an inclusive array of voices, from modern and innovative poets such as Maya Angelou and Carol Ann Duffy to classic beloved poets from previous centuries including Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti and Charlotte Bronte. Each poem is accompanied by a short biography of each poet.
With poems on friendship, resistance, protest, body image, mental health, nature, joy, love, and from suffragettes to school girls, from spoken word superstars to civil rights activists, from aristocratic ladies to kitchen maids, these are voices that deserve to be heard.
Ana Sampson studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield and gained a BA and MA. She has worked in publicity in publishing for over fifteen years, both in-house for Random House, Kyle Books, Michael O’Mara Books and Quercus and on a freelance basis. Ana has contributed articles to publications including Writers’ Market UK and The Book Lover’s Companion. She has appeared on national and regional radio talking about books, poetry and teenage diaries. Ana has six published anthologies including Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright: Much Loved Poems You Half Remember and Green and Pleasant Land: Best Loved Poems of the British Countryside.
RISE UP, WOMEN! THE REMARKABLE LIVES OF THE SUFFRAGETTES
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 / £8
First published to coincide with the centenary of British women gaining the vote in February 2018, Rise Up, Women! has cemented Diane Atkinson’s status as the most authoritative voice writing on the suffrage movement today.
From their marches on Parliament and 10 Downing Street, to the selling of their paper, through to the more militant activities of the Women’s Social and Political Union, whose slogan ‘Deeds Not Words!’ resided over bombed pillar-boxes, as well as acts of arson and the slashing of great works of art – the women who participated in the movement endured police brutality, assault, imprisonment and force-feeding, all in the relentless pursuit of one goal: the right to vote.
Diane Atkinson celebrates the lives of the women who answered the call to ‘Rise Up’ – a richly diverse group of actresses and mill-workers, teachers and doctors, bootmakers and sweated workers. Rise Up, Women! brings these women to life in a stirring chronicle of their grace, resilience and determination that changed the world forever.
‘Pretty much a definitive history of the suffragette … It’s a huge achievement that her narrative, so crisp and clear, is never less than enthralling’ Rachel Cooke, Observer
‘For too long these extraordinary women have been hidden from history. Rise Up, Women! should be a standard text in all schools and will be a treasured handbook for today’s feminists.’ Harriet Harman MP
Diane Atkinson is the author of two illustrated history books, Suffragettes in Pictures and Funny Girls: Cartooning for Equality, and three biographies, Love & Dirt, Elsie and Mairi Go to War and The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton. A regular lecturer on the suffragettes at conferences and literary festivals, she has also appeared on radio programmes including Woman’s Hour, and has consulted on numerous television documentaries, as well as, most recently, the film Suffragette.
THE UNIVERSE SPEAKS IN NUMBERS
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 / £8
SPONSORED BY JICAS
How Modern Maths Reveals Nature’s Deepest Secrets – a thrilling exploration of the relationship between physics and maths, and the leaps of imagination that have enriched our understanding of the universe.
Many of the world’s leading physicists are confident that they are on track to discover a new understanding of the universe which will entail a complete rethink of gravity, space and time. Always lively and authoritative, Farmelo navigates through some of the most exciting developments and controversies in modern thought. Is all this ‘fairy tale physics’ as some commentators complain? Are today’s superstar physicists abandoning the traditions of experimentally-rooted science? Farmelo tackles these arguments and explains the huge imaginative leaps that are edging us towards a radically new understanding of the nature of our universe.
Graham Farmelo is an award-winning science writer and biographer, specializing in physics and physicists. Formerly an academic, museum professional and undercover restaurant critic, he is now a Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge and is a regular visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. He edited the bestselling It Must be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science in 2002. His biography of Paul Dirac, The Strangest Man, won the 2009 Costa Biography Award and the 2010 Los Angeles Times Science Book Prize. His last book was Churchill’s Bomb: A Hidden History of Britain’s First Nuclear Weapons Programme.
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 / £8
SPONSORED BY VOISIN LAW
An insider’s guide to football contracts, multi-million pound transfers and Premier League big business
Whether it is a manager being sacked, the effect of BREXIT on the UK football industry, the signing of a new, star player, television rights negotiations, player misconduct or multi-million-pound club takeovers, lawyers remain at the heart of all football business dealings. Written by leading Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey, who has dealt with all these incidents first hand, Done Deal explores the issues – from pitch to boardroom – that shape the modern game and how these impact leagues, clubs, players and fans.
What really happens inside a club on transfer deadline day? Are football agents overpaid? Which club put a clause forbidding space travel into a midfielder’s contract? And which team’s players can never wear red boots?
Featuring insider anecdotes and expert contributions, Done Deal provides football fans with a fresh and authoritative perspective on all off-field football matters.
‘Done Deal is a testament not only to Daniel’s vast knowledge on his subject, but also to his ability to present even the most complex ideas in a clear and vivid way.’ Gianluca Vialli
‘A hugely entertaining look at the ever more complex machinations of the beautiful game. Essential.’ Raphael Honigstein, the Guardian and ESPN
Daniel Geey is one of the UK’s most highly respected sports lawyers. His clients include Premier League and Champions League football clubs, international players, agencies, rights holders and other sports companies. He is the go-to man when complex legal matters need to be explained to a wider audience and he has appeared on Sky Sports, Sky News, BBC, CNN, BT Sport, Bloomberg, TV2, BBC Radio 4, and TalkSport, and contributed to the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mirror and the Independent. He tweets at @FootballLaw.
CATHY CASSIDY – SAMI’S SILVER LINING
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 10.00
SUITABLE KS2 +3
SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL
Forced to flee his home in Syria for safety in England, Sami attempts to begin a new life but struggles to overcome the pain of the past. Memories of the long and dangerous journey across icy waters, armed with only his dad’s old coat, a flute, and the hope of a brighter future, are never far away. Can his new friends and a blossoming romance melt his frozen heart, or is it too late to find a silver lining?
Praise for Cathy’s books:
‘Touching, tender and unforgettable’ The Guardian
‘A moving page turner’ The Telegraph
‘A piece of brilliance from Cathy Cassidy, a novel that captures the readers’ hearts and minds.’ The Scotsman
Cathy Cassidy is one of the UK’s top-selling children’s authors. She was an art teacher, a magazine editor and an agony aunt before becoming a full time writer. She has worked at Shout magazine and previously at Jackie and has won the prestigious ‘Queen of Teen’ award.
THE SINGLE MUMS’ MANSION
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 / £8
When the husband moves out, move the best friends in…
‘What is family? Is it a thing you are born into or a cosy patchwork blanket woven from people who have come in from the cold at a time when you need them the most?’
Amanda Wilkie unexpectedly finds herself alone with her three children in a rambling Victorian house in London. Her husband leaves them, claiming he’s just ‘lost the love’, like one might carelessly lose a glove.
A few months later, Amanda’s heavily pregnant friend Ali crashes into her kitchen announcing her husband is also leaving. So, after Ali’s baby Grace is born, they both move into Amanda’s attic. And when Jacqui, a long-lost friend and fellow single mum, starts dropping by daily, the household is complete.
Getting divorced is no walk in the park, but the three friends refuse to be defined by it. And, as they slowly emerge out of the wreckage like a trio of sequin-clad Gloria Gaynors singing ‘I Will Survive’, they realise that anything is possible. Even loving again…
‘Based on the author’s real experience, it’s fresh, touching and very funny’ Sunday People & Sunday Mirror
Janet Hoggarth has worked on a chicken farm, as a bookseller, children’s book editor and DJ with her best friend (under the name of Whitney and Britney). She has published several children’s books, the most recent ones written under the pseudonym of Jess Bright. Her first adult novel, The Single Mums’ Mansion is based on her experiences of living communally as a single parent.
JERRIAIS SINGING WORKSHOP WITH BADLABECQUES
ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SUNDAY 29th SEPTEMBER / 15.00 -16.30 / £5
This informal workshop will give you the opportunity to learn a bit of Jèrriais through song in the company of local band Badlabecques. Lead singer Kit Ashton will give a brief outline of the story of each song before proceeding to teach it to the audience. No prior knowledge of Jèrriais is necessary, just an open mind and enthusiasm for learning our island’s native language. There will be a short interval to give you time to lubricate your vocal chords.
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MRR / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 10.30
Join local author Deborah Carr, who will be talking about her route to publication and how she organises her time writing for different publishers.
Deborah Carr writes historical fiction for HarperCollins’ romance imprint, HarperImpulse. She was commissioned to write The Poppy Field to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War and is now working on a series. She also writes psychological thrillers for Hera Books as Ella Drummond and contemporary romance series for Green Shutter Books as Georgina Troy.
WRITING SHORT STORIES
Join us for a journey in creative writing and publishing. Dreena Collins will share her experiences, tips and lessons learnt, as well as read extracts from her work, in this interactive session.
Dreena Collins is a local author who has been listed in numerous writing competitions, including the Mslexia short story prize. Dreena has been published in periodicals and magazines, as well as the Eyelands 2018 story anthology. In 2019, she self-published two short story collections: The Blue Hour and The Day I Nearly Drowned.
WED 25th SEPTEMBER / BEAULIEU SCHOOL ONLY / 13.55
Speaking up can be difficult, but did you know just how powerful your own voice can be?
Speak Up! addresses what it means to stand up for what you believe in on both a public and personal level. Laura Coryton explores how to make sure your voice is heard, as well as what happens when your voice is challenged by others. She tackles tricky subjects like feminism, consent, online bullying and self-confidence in a meaningful but accessible and entertaining way.
With a positive message about friendship, female empowerment and standing up for who you are, inspiring, warm and honest, this conversational and big-sisterly guide is the must-have girl power book of 2019.
‘Speak Up! is a wonderful and timely guide to activism for women and girls brought up in the age of the internet and social media. It is wholly accessible, fun and quirky, full of Laura Coryton’s own experiences with the very successful tampon tax campaign. I highly recommend it – and hope the book helps to galvanise the next generation.’ Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, author and women’s rights activist
Laura Coryton is an inspirational young woman who led the international campaign against tampon tax, which gained over a quarter of a million signatures and has led to changes both in UK and European law. Laura was featured in the BBC’s 100 Women series of 2016. She also won one of the Guardian’s New Radical Thinker awards and was named 2015’s top unknown world change maker by the Independent. She has recently completed an M. St in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford.
Laura regularly speaks at schools about the trials and tribulations of being a female campaigner. She aims to advise and empower girls who might want to start their own campaigns or get involved with politics.
DOCTOR WHO: THE SECRET IN VAULT 13
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 16.00 / £8
SPONSORED BY FAIRWAY GROUP
Jump into the TARDIS and head on an intergalactic journey with best-selling author, David Solomons, who has written a laugh-out-loud Doctor Who adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her companions. Can you win the (re)generation game or save the world by identifying a predator from a pot plant? Learn about creating new worlds and new stories in this interactive, high energy and hilarious event.
As a life-long fan of Doctor Who, David Solomons has weaved together an action-packed plot with fantastic and unforgettable characters in The Secret in Vault 13. The Doctor and her companions Yaz, Graham and Ryan are just working out where to go on holiday when Graham’s potted begonia unexpectedly sends out a distress signal… Hidden in a vault, far across the galaxy, is a secret. It’s a race against time for the Doctor and her friends to find the key to the vault and work out exactly what it contains – but a deadly headteacher, some terrifying robots and a rather aggressive pot plant are determined to stop them at all costs.
David Solomons is the best-selling author of the My Brother is a Superhero books, the first of which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 and the British Book Industry Awards Children’s Book of the Year 2016. David also won the 2018 Laugh Out Loud Awards (Lollies) with the second book in this series, My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord. In addition to his acclaimed children’s fiction, David Solomons has been writing screenplays for many years – his first feature film was an adaptation of Five Children and It, starring Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Izzard. He was born in Glasgow and now lives in Dorset with his wife, the novelist Natasha Solomons, their son Luke and their daughter, Lara.
A LIFE LESS LONELY
VICTORIA COLLEGE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 15.00
SPONSORED BY SALTGATE IN ASSOCIATION WITH VICTORIA COLLEGE
What We Can All Do to Lead More Connected, Kinder Lives.
Loneliness has reached the levels of an epidemic in the UK. From the bullied child to the new parent, from the pensioner who has outlived friends and family members to teenagers who manage their social lives through the glow of a mobile phone, it can affect anyone and everyone, irrespective of age, race or class. The last and ultimate taboo – many suffer in silence. What’s it like when loneliness descends? How does it announce itself, and how do you recognise it? Do you discuss it, or conceal it? From where can you seek help? And how can you help others?
A Life Less Lonely shares stories of loneliness and social isolation, and looks for ways in which we can help one another to future-proof ourselves against this most insidious affliction. By talking to those who suffer from it, and by highlighting the work of those who fight to combat it, the book is a call to arms – the beginning of a national conversation about how we can end the stigma attached to loneliness.
‘How strange that in our inter-connected modern lives one of the greatest threats to happiness is loneliness. Nick Duerden has approached this dreadful and isolating condition head on, and huge comfort is to be found in the pages of his exceptionally perceptive and sympathetic book. The practical advice given is gold dust not only for lonely people, but for those who long to help them.’ Joanna Lumley
Nick Duerden is a writer, freelance broadsheet journalist and the author of two memoirs, Get Well Soon and The Reluctant Fathers’ Club. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4, 5 and Sky News talking about his books and the arts and has written widely on health, the arts, travel and society.
Nick Duerden will be joined by Richard Roper, author of Something to Live For, at this panel event on loneliness.
THE BESTSELLING NOVEL
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 15.30
The Bestselling Novel: What Makes It and How to Find the Right Agent and Publisher
Leading literary agent Kate Nash explains the key ingredients that bestselling novels share and how publishers, agents, retailers and authors all work together to make a novel a commercial success.
Kate will share her top tips for finding and securing the right literary agent and explain how literary agents work to find the right publisher for a book. Going ‘behind the scenes’ in the world of publishing, this is a talk that any aspiring author shouldn’t miss.
As a former author, publisher, publicist and marketer, Kate has seen every side of publishing and set up her own literary agency so she could do ‘the best job in publishing’. Founded in 2009, the Kate Nash Literary Agency Ltd has gone on to become one of the UK’s foremost independent literary agencies. Kate was named a The Bookseller Rising Star in 2018.
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE STUDIO/ SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 13.30
Join American poet Traci O’Dea for a Poetry Lunch at the Jersey Opera House. The audience is invited to listen to Traci’s poems while dining on dishes inspired by them. One poem, ‘File Between Leaves & Reams’, which mentions such diverse fare as spinach, peanuts and oysters, won third prize in last year’s inaugural Jersey Festival of Words Poetry Competition.
Traci O’Dea is an American writer living in Jersey. Her work has been published in international poetry magazines, on posters in Washington DC, in the anthology Where I See the Sun: Contemporary Poems of the Virgin Islands, and in the Jersey Evening Post.
CHLDREN’S COOKERY CLASS / EMILY LEARY / SAMARES SCHOOL / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 15.45 – 17.00/ FREE
For kids who love to cook, or parents who want to encourage their kids to become more passionate about food – join Emily Leary, author of Get Your Kids to Eat Anything for an alfresco masterclass, creating your own rainbow pizza which will be cooked onsite in the wood-fired pizza oven and consumed by YOU!
Emily Leary’s recipe blog A Mummy Too has become one of the most popular websites in the UK for parents and is consistently listed in the top 10 in UK blogging charts.
Suitable for children aged 7+ / Ten places only
SIENNA THE SURFER: AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATOR / JERSEY LIBRARY / CHILDREN’S LIBRARY / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 11.00 – 12.00
A special interactive session for Primary school children with authors Angela McKinlay and Kate Munrow, and illustrator Kaydia Torrell. Sienna the Surfer is an exciting adventure story set on our beautiful island of Jersey, celebrating the multitude of interests of young girls today. No booking required.