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AN EVENING WITH SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 20.00
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.
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DARE TO TRI
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.00
EVENT SPONSORED BY CANACCORD WEALTH GENUITY 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.
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 12.00
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.
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 12.00
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 OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 10.00
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.
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.
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.
SHE IS FIERCE: BRAVE, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL POEMS BY WOMEN
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 13.30
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
SPONSORED BY VIBERTS
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.
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.
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 18.00
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.
SAMI’S SILVER LINING
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 10.00
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.
MIDNIGHT FEASTS + THE AFTERWARDS
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 10.00
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).
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
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.
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.