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OWEN O’NEILL

RED NOISE

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 *****

 

 

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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!

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KATE THOMPSON / SECRETS OF THE HOMEFRONT GIRLS / JERSEY LIBRARY / MAIN STAGE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.30 – 19.30

Award-winning journalist, ghostwriter and Sunday Times bestselling novelist Kate Thompson discusses her latest book Secrets of the Homefront Girls – the story of the courageous women of World War Two, working in the Yardley Cosmetics factory in London’s East End.

Secrets of the Homefront Girls will be her Kate’s tenth book and is inspired by Kate’s thorough research and conversations with the inspiring, working-class women who worked at Yardley Cosmetics during the Second World War.

Interviewing Kate will be local journalist and author Gwyn Garfield-Bennett.

 

 

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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.

One thing that unites us all – across time, nations and peoples – is food. From chocolate, rice pudding and sandwiches to breakfast in bed, banana phones and the fruit of a mythical jelabi tree.

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).

 

 

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A Life Less Ordinary

‘On Communication Without the Common Senses’ panel event featuring Jem Lester, Penny Joelson and Vanessa Potter
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 18.00

Jem Lester’s darkly funny and emotive debut novel Schtum is based on his own experiences, with narrator Ben Jewell struggling to survive as a single father to profoundly autistic ten-year-old Jonah. In Penny Joelson’s Young Adult novel I Have No Secrets fourteen-year-old Jemma discovers the identity of a cruel murderer, yet is powerless to do anything (or is she?) due to her severe cerebral palsy which renders her seemingly unable to communicate. And in her debut book, Patient H69, film producer and mother of two Vanessa Potter reveals the torment and terror of being struck blind by Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder, and her subsequent lengthy recovery.

Join these three authors for a fascinating panel discussion on their work, with a focus on the various challenges faced when attempting to communicate without the common senses. Returning to the festival to chair the discussion will be radio presenter Sara Palmer.

A portion of all ticket proceeds for this event will be donated to Autism Jersey, Scope Jersey & Eyecan Jersey Blind Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This event sponsored by the NASUWT

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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

Join best-selling non-fiction author Christopher Lloyd on his latest and greatest voyage through the 13 billion year story of Absolutely Everything! from the beginning of time to the present day.

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.

 

 

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Dean Burnett

The Idiot Brain
HAUTLIEU / FRI 29th SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 15.20 (RECOMMENDED KS4/5)
event sponsored by Santander International
ALSO JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 13.00 / £8

Why do you lose arguments with people who know MUCH LESS than you? Why can you recognise that woman, from that thing… but can’t remember her name? And why, after your last break-up, did you find yourself in the foetal position on the sofa for days, moving only to wipe the snot and tears haphazardly from your face?

Here’s why: the idiot brain. For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganised. For example, did you know that your memory is egotistical? That conspiracy theories and superstitions are the inevitable effects of a healthy brain?

In The Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett tours our mysterious and mischievous grey (and white) matter. Along the way he explains the human brain’s imperfections in all their glory and how these influence everything we say, do and experience. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this book is for anyone who has wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.

‘I really admire Dean Burnett’s work. He’s very compelling and wise and rational. You know you can trust him and you know it’s going to be a great read.’ Jon Ronson

‘This is a wonderful introduction to neuroscience, and deserves to be widely read.’ Leyla Sanai, Independent

‘An entertaining romp through the science of our mental mental processes. Full of fascinating insight into the brain and the origins of our crazy behaviour.’ Gaia Vince, author of Adventures in the Anthropocene.

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Dr Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist working as a tutor and lecturer based at Cardiff University’s Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences. He has been dabbling in stand-up and comedy writing for over a decade. His Guardian Science blog, ‘Brain Flapping’, has been viewed over 13 million times in the last three years.

Follow Dean on Twitter: @garwboy

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L’OFFICE DU JÈRRIAIS

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MARIA RITCHIE ROOM / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 15.00

J’allons à la chasse à l’ourse – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in Jèrriais.

To celebrate the launch of a Jèrriais translation of Michael Rosen’s classic children’s picture book, the new Jèrriais teaching team would like to invite families to come and listen to the story and take part in Bear Hunt themed activities. What’s more, every family attending will receive a free copy of the book to take home and read aloud.

J’allons en attraper eune hardi grande! We’re going to catch a big one! Join us as we swish through ‘hèrbe’, squelch through ‘pité’ and trip through the ‘bouaîs’sie’ on a quest to catch the ‘ourse’.

The event will be an opportunity for children and their parents to hear Jersey’s native tongue, get used to how it sounds and perhaps even try to speak a little Jèrriais themselves along the way! J’n’avons pon peux! We’re not scared!

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CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH ADELE DARK / JERSEY LIBRARY / MEETING ROOM 2 / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 13.00 + SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 13.00

Explore Roman Capitals and lettering during this workshop and design a panel to include your name and other words reflecting your loves and life. We will be using square edged nibs and other writing tools. Inks and paper will be provided..

Adele Dark, Artist and Calligrapher, is a fully qualified teacher with experience teaching at all levels. Adele has worked with museums, art centres and schools both in Jersey and the UK running Art Workshops for adults and children over the past 20 years. A member of the Society of Scribes and a Printmaking graduate Adele has a passion for typography and print. Her creative work can be seen on her website adeledark.squarespace.com, Facebook page and Instagram.

 

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GERAINT JENNINGS

SOCIÉTÉ JERSIAISE MEMBERS’ ROOM / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 / FREE ENTRY

100 years ago, Jèrriais literature lost two of its biggest names: Philippe Le Sueur Mourant and E.J. Luce. In August 1918, Mourant – creator of Bram Bilo and Piteur Pain – passed away, and a few weeks later E.J. Luce – poet, playwright and great promoter of Jèrriais writing – was struck down by the flu pandemic.

E.J.Luce

To commemorate the centenary of their deaths, and celebrate the continuing liveliness and influence of their writing, a collection of stories by the two writers is being published with parallel English translations – most of these texts have never been republished since their first appearance in print.

La Société Jersiaise will host an afternoon of readings from the new book Bram & Elie with an introduction to other works by the two authors in the context of a celebration of Jèrriais culture.

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LINDA ROSE PARKES

THIS CLOSE

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.

 

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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.

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DIY BOOK PRODUCTION WITH PATRICK CAHILL / JERSEY LIBRARY / MEETING ROOM 2 / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 17.00 + FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 17.00

Supported by the Société Jersiaise.

This short workshop focuses on the principles of paper-based book production and exploring the structural components of a book, their limitations, and pre-press considerations, before introducing some basic binding techniques through practical tasks. Tools, equipment and materials will be provided.

 

 

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Nick Duerden

NICK DUERDEN

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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SECRETS OF THE SEA / PAUL DARROCH /  JERSEY LIBRARY / MAIN STAGE / WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 – 19.00

The story of Jersey is shaped by the sea. The treacherous Channel waters drowned the King of England’s son in the White Ship and plunged his realm into chaos. Jersey legends tell of the waves that swept away the doomed manor of La Brecquette and sprung the fearsome trap of the Golden Chair.

Yet the ocean’s call of adventure inspired the mariners of Jersey to traverse the world. It tempted Sir Walter Raleigh, Jersey’s fallen Governor, into his fatal quest for El Dorado, and drove local boy Tom Davis to build a fortune in Africa. The same pioneering spirit led Lilian Grandin, Jersey’s first female doctor, to set sail for China, where she would sacrifice her life.

Jersey: Secrets of the Sea is their story, imagined in their own words. Step onto the bridge of RMS Titanic with her Jersey quartermaster just as the deadly iceberg looms into view, while Islander Lucy Duff-Gordon slumbers in her first-class suite below. Discover the story of her sister Elinor Glyn, who found fame at the peak of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Stand with the Jersey Company volunteers as they leave St Helier for the Great War; and watch the lone boatman in 1941 slipping away from the shadow of the German Occupation.  Jersey: Secrets of the Sea is the panoramic story of an Island forged by the seas, set at the crossroads of maritime history, and told through the voices of the Jersey seafarers who made it.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HIDDEN TREASURES / JERSEY LIBRARY / FALLE ROOM / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 11.00 – 12.00 + SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 11.00 – 12.00

View the historical collection at the Jersey Library which includes donations from the Reverend Philip Falle, founder of Jersey’s Public Library, and Dr Daniel Dumaresq.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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 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

 

 

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BRAM WANROOIJ

DISPLACED

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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KATE NASH

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.

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DISCOVER YOUR FAMILY HISTORY / JERSEY LIBRARY / OPEN LEARNING CENTRE / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 12.00

Jersey Library’s staff will show you how to discover your family’s history, using the broad range of resources in the Library, from newspaper archives & reference resources to the latest online databases such as Ancestry UK and Forces War Records.

 

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Jenny Eclair

INHERITANCE

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.

 

 

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LONGBEACH (GOREY) / SATURDAY 29th SEPT / 14.00 – 16.00 

Children and their families are invited to come along and join local artist Ian Rolls in ‘Making your Mark’ on the beach, using materials found there during the afternoon.

Early mark making is a key strand of early literacy in young children and forms part of the ‘REAL’ approach. (Raising Early Acheivement in Literacy).  REAL training has been delivered to many Jersey early years practitioners, teachers and parents with the support of the National Children’s Bureau, the Jersey Child Care Trust and the Education Department.  More information can be found here.

In addition, children and families are encouraged to ‘make their mark’ whilst out and about (drawing in the sand or making patterns with pine cones or conkers…) – photographs can then be sent to makeyourmarkjersey@gmail.com and will be added to the Makeyourmarkjersey Facebook page – there will be prizes announced for the winners at the beach event on the 29th September. ‘

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Laura Ellen Anderson

‘Amelia Fang’
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 27th SEPT / 12.00  / (RECOMMENDED KS2)

Sponsored by Santander International

Amelia Fang is a gorgeously gothic and wickedly funny series for children aged 7+ set in the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares!

In her event, Laura will bring Nocturnia to life and invite the children to join her in a draw-along session, as well as her infamous Repugnant Recipes workshop, and she will definitely come dressed up in one of her ghoulish costumes…

When she’s not trying to take over the world or fighting sock-stealing monsters, Laura Ellen Anderson is a professional children’s book author and illustrator, with an increasing addiction to coffee. She spends every waking hour creating and drawing, and would quite like to live on the moon when humans finally make it possible.

Laura Ellen Anderson is the creator of Evil Emperor Penguin for the popular children’s magazine, The Phoenix. She is also the illustrator of Witch Wars, Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Cornelia Funke’s Dragon Rider, as well as many other children’s books. Amelia Fang is her first series as author-illustrator.

Amelia Fang is the biggest-hearted vampiress you’ll ever meet. Join Amelia on her latest adventure. She won’t bite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Plays Rough

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…

 

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Daniel Geey

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.

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Gorey Castle

Gorey – Arthur Lamy

Gorey
Friday October 2
‘Within Sight of the Castle’ | 10.30am – 1.00pm
MEETING POINT: Gorey Pier Bus Shelter
DISTANCE
: 3 Miles (5kms)

Hear about French poet Francois-Rene Chateaubriand and his brave cousin Armand – a spy sent from Mont Orgueil Castle by spymaster Phillippe d’Auvergne.  See the last resting place of Sir William Haley, a Jerseyman who became Director-General of the BBC, editor of the Times newspaper, and finally editor-in-chief of Encyclopaedia Britannica. Find out where the man who captured the Rosetta Stone lived, and where novelist George Eliot entertained her married lover George Lewes.

WITHIN SIGHT OF THE CASTLE – TICKETS FREE (JUST TURN UP)

 

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POLYGLOT CREATIVE WRITING FOR NON-WRITERS
ARTS CENTRE (MARIE RITCHIE ROOM) / SUNDAY 29th SEPTEMBER / 11.30 – 13.30 / £15 (max 12 participants)
This workshop is open to people with little or no experience, who are interested in playing with words and with the various languages spoken inside the group of participants. We’ll use varied and playful techniques to liberate our creativity and create individual and collective texts, making the most of our diversity and our imaginations.
You only need to speak at least one of the following languages: English, Portuguese, French.
Morgane Masterman is a translator and intercultural youth worker and is one of the founders of Associação Faísca Voadora, a Portuguese non-profit organisation for intercultural exchanges and training. She is both French and British, and has lived in Portugal since 2011.
Oficina: Escrita Criativa Poliglota, para quem não costuma escrever
Esta oficina direciona-se a pessoas com ou sem experiência com a escrita, que têm vontade de brincar com palavras e com as várias línguas faladas no grupo de participantes. Vamos usar técnicas variadas e lúdicas para soltar a criatividade e construir textos, individual e coletivamente, aproveitando a nossa diversidade e as nossas imaginações.
É necessário falar pelo menos uma das seguintes línguas: inglês, português, francês.
Morgane Masterman é animadora intercultural e tradutora. Tem duas nacionalidades, francesa e britânica, e vive em Portugal desde 2011. Dedica-se à escrita desde criança e adora inventar formas de pôr outras pessoas a escreverem, mesmo (sobretudo!) quando pensam que não são capazes. Ela é uma das pessoas fundadoras da Associação Faísca Voadora, uma associação portuguesa atuando na área da interculturalidade e da formação.
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St Helier walk

St. Helier

St. Helier
Saturday October 3
‘Literary Links’ | 2.00pm – 4.30pm
MEETING POINT: Liberation Square, St.Helier
DISTANCE
: 3 Miles (5kms)

A gentle stroll around the Island’s capital, visiting sites and places associated with famous writers. Discover the link between British Post Office clerk Anthony Trollope and Jersey. Hear about sex-education pioneer Walter Matthew Gallichan, and chronicler of the Norman Conquest, Maitre Wace.

LITERARY LINKS – TICKETS FREE (JUST TURN UP)

 

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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.

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CHLDREN’S COOKERY CLASS / EMILY LEARY / SAMARES SCHOOL / SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 15.45 – 17.00/ £15 WITH ACCOMPANYING ADULT

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

 

 

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Louise Minchin

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.

 
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Farrago poetry slam

POETRY AND PIZZA  

PIZZA PROJEKT / WED 26 SEPTEMBER / 19.00 / £20 to include choice of pizza (BYOB)

Originating from Chicago in the mid-80s, slam poetry involves poets taking to the stage to perform original work either alone or in teams in front of a judge or audience. Their performance is then scored, based on content, style and delivery.

Farrago Poetry, led by celebrated performance poet John Paul O’Neill, is best known for pioneering slam poetry in the UK. For over two decades they have been running events up and down the country, as well as undertaking appearances at various London venues, Glastonbury Festival, Radio 4 and Carlton TV.

Join John Paul and friends for an evening of slam poetry in the unique environs of Pizza Projekt, enjoying a selection of their most popular pizzas throughout the evening. Guests are invited to bring their own alcohol.

This is a limited space event so please purchase early to avoid disappointment.

Please email pizzaprojektjersey@gmail.com or call ‭01534 767403‬ for all ticket enquiries.

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EDWARD BLAMPIED / JERSEY LIBRARY / CHILDREN’S LIBRARY / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 15.00 / FREE

Local artist Edward Blampied introduces The Motor Mice, his new series of beautifully-illustrated children’s books, and share a story or two with children. No booking required, just turn up!

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HOW TO WRITE A PAGE-TURNING MEMOIR

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 11.00 / £15

 Duncan Barrett is the co-author of a trio of Sunday Times bestsellers, The Sugar Girls, GI Brides and The Girls Who Went to War – all of which tell the true stories of a community of individuals in a narrative, novelistic style. In this workshop he shares his advice on how to turn your own stories into books that your readers won’t be able to put down. Covering characterisation, plot structure, artistic license and more, this workshop is perfect for anyone keen to get their own life story down on paper.

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DAVID SOLOMONS

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.

 

 

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JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 08.00 – 09.30 (talk) and 15.00-16.30 (workshop) / FREE

Drawing on his own journey of becoming an executive coach, with 19 years of experience in learning how to self-reflect and take action, Mark has recently published Coach Yourself First – A Coach’s Guide to Self-Reflection.

Mark will share learnings from his journey of self-reflection and enable you to learn experientially using a variety of creative self-reflection approaches. You will leave this powerful event knowing: three creative ways to use self-reflection to develop new self-awareness; where you want to be regarding purpose, enjoyment, achievement and learning in your life; and how to continue your journey of self-reflection.

Free admission, booking essential via Eventbrite (below).

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Graham Farmelo

GRAHAM FARMELO

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.

That the fundamental laws of the universe appear to be written in the language of mathematics is one of the greatest mysteries of science. Graham Farmelo goes to the heart of that enigma.

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.

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FRIEDA HUGHES

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.

 

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DEBORAH CARR

PUBLISHING JOURNEY

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.

 

 

 

 

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Leah Hazard

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.

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DREENA COLLINS

WRITING SHORT STORIES

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MRR / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 16.30 / £5

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.

 

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KATE DIMBLEBLY & CATHY RENTZENBRINK / OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONES / JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRI 27 SEPTEMBER / 20.00 – 21.15 / £10 

Kate is a singer and Cathy is a writer. Kate’s grandfather was Richard Dimbleby who was known as ‘the voice of the nation’ for his broadcasting work during the war. Cathy comes from a long line of nobodies. Since they met, they have been exploring what it means to find and own your voice, for themselves and everyone else. Join them for an uplifting evening of songs and stories with lots of laughter and possibly a few tears. 

‘Stunning vocal virtuosity…Kate Dimbleby is an artist absolutely at the top of her game’ (BBC Radio 6 Music)

‘Cathy Rentzenbrink offers a message of enormous hope for anybody who is going through loss, grief or trauma’ The Sunday Times
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THE JERSEY SONG PROJECT

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 19.30

The Jersey Song Project, a groundbreaking collaboration between the Jersey Festival of Words and Jèrriais expert and musician Kit Ashton, aims to use the power of song to keep the threatened Norman-French dialect of Jèrriais alive. Over the next two months local musicians and Jèrriais speakers will be encouraged to get together to create new songs that will be performed at this, the opening event of the Jersey Festival of Words 2018. The brief is simple: songs can be on any theme and in any genre or language but must include at least one word of Jèrriais. Given the high quality of musicianship on Jersey the results are bound to be spectacular, so get ready for a unique evening of entertainment, music and song.

Further information on Jèrriais can be found at http://www.jerriais.org.je/

Kit Ashton is a musician, film-maker and producer currently based in Jersey and London. He is the lead singer and founder of Jèrriais pop folk band/ applied ethnomusicology project Badlabecques.

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SPEAK UP! 

WED 25th SEPTEMBER / BEAULIEU SCHOOL ONLY / 13.55

SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL

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.

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DIANE ATKINSON

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.

 

 

 

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SIR ROBIN KNOX-JOHNSTON

RUNNING 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

 

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REAL AT THE BEACH

LONG BEACH / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 / FREE

‘REAL on the Beach’ will be at Long Beach, Gorey on Saturday 28th September at 2pm. Along with some story-tellers, rhyming and singing and signing, local artists ‘Morning Boat’ will be creating art and encouraging children and their families to contribute. There will be other artists, plenty of activities provided by local Nurseries and Pre Schools, the Eco-Active team and even a beach library. Bring your picnics and ice creams and celebrate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TOR UDALL

THE GARDEN, OUR OASIS: ‘A THOUSAND PAPER BIRDS’

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 12.30

Nothing is set in stone. A bird can be refolded into a boat, a fish, a kimono, or any other extravagant vision. At other times it aches to return to its original folds. The paper begins to fray.

Jonah roams Kew Gardens trying to reassemble the shattered pieces of his life after the tragic death of his wife Audrey. Weathering the seasons and learning to love again, he meets Chloe, an enigmatic origami artist who is hesitant to let down her own walls. In the gardens he also meets ten-year-old Milly, and Harry, a gardener, both of whom have secrets of their own to keep – and mysteries to solve.

A Thousand Paper Birds is absolutely wonderful. It has the emotional integrity of One Day and the complexity and character depth of Cloud Atlas. It is an incredible achievement’. Deborah Install

‘A masterful exploration of love, loss and the healing power of the natural world. Like Max Porter’s Grief is a Thing With Feathers, it uses fable, mystery and a poetic sensibility to get at the nub of loss. Heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure’. The Observer

‘Abundant and richly suggestive… Udall weaves a complex story about the mysterious ways a life can linger, like a scent, and how grief and love can sometimes feel so vast and overwhelming that no earthly landscape can contain them’. Daily Mail

After studying theatre and film, Tor Udall co-founded a dance-theatre company and spent most of her twenties directing, writing and performing. A Thousand Paper Birds is her first novel. She lives in London with her husband and young children.

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Strolling With Scribes

WALK / SUNDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 14.30 – 15.00 (Meet in Royal Square)

As part of the 2018 Jersey Festival of Words Tom Bunting and his daughter Caro will be giving a literary guided walk around the streets of St Helier. Hear about the local writers that have made an impression on the world at large and the literary giants that have visited the Island. We’ll end up with a quiet drink reading some letters from a rather unexpected visitor.

 

 

 

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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.

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THE MAKING OF A CRIME NOVEL

JERSEY LIBRARY / FRIDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 17.30 – 18.30 / FREE

A talk by award-winning crime writer Martin Edwards giving an inside view of an attempt to create a breakthrough novel, from original idea to publication. Martin explains how he came up with the idea for Gallows Court, a new novel which Ann Cleeves said will “keep you reading, breathless, until the very last page.”

According to Peter James, “Edwards has managed, brilliantly, to combine a Golden Age setting with a pace that is bang up to date.  A great sense of the era observed through a cut-throat-sharp eye, every page dripping with brilliant period authenticity.”

Free admission, booking essential. 

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EMILY LEARY

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.

 

 

 

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RICHARD ROPER

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.

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IT STARTED WITH A MYSTERY BY AGATHA CHRISTIE…ULVERSCROFT LARGE PRINT BOOKS / MEETING ROOM 1 / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 15.00

Learn more about the history of large print and audio books with Lorraine Whitehall and Mark Merrill from the Ulverscroft Group. Hear how they bid for books against various publishing houses, their long term relationships with famous authors and see original artwork for their book covers.

 

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MARTIN TOFT ON MÃORI CULTURE / JERSEY LIBRARY / MEETING ROOM / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 13.00 – 14.00

In Te Ahi Kā – The Fires of Occupation photographer Martin Toft explores the deep physical and metaphysical relationships between an ancestral river and its indigenous people in New Zealand. He will discuss the making of his critically acclaimed book spanning 20 years, including research in 19th century archives and his own spiritual kinships with a Maori tribe.

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ANDREW LOWNIE

THE MOUNTBATTENS

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.

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KHAZANA: A TREASURE TROVE OF INDO-PERSIAN RECIPES INSPIRED BY THE MUGHALS

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 16.00

From the winner of MasterChef 2017 Saliha Mahmood Ahmed comes the next chapter in our love affair with the food of the Indian sub-continent.

Steeped in Persian flavours, Khazana, which means treasure trove, is a cookbook that promises to be the next step in our on-going love affair with the Indian sub-continent, introducing recipes like Smokey Chicken and Basil Kebabs with Buttermilk Riata, Moghul Fish Korma with Almond Rice and Sandalwood Ice Cream with Toasted Almond Brittle.

Author Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, who won over the MasterChef judges with her fusion of Indo-Persian food, has written a book that will delight. Steeped in the rich culinary heritage of the region and Saliha’s own travels in modern day India and Pakistan, the recipes are bang up-to-date and will inspire 21st century food lovers.

After facing off competition from 63 other determined contestants, through seven gruelling weeks of culinary challenges and an exhilarating final cook-off, Saliha became the thirteenth amateur cook to lift the MasterChef trophy in 2017. She is also a junior doctor working in the NHS, training to specialise in Gastroenterology, married to fellow doctor Usman and mum of one boy. In the future, she hopes to combine her work as a doctor with her passion for gastronomy to help drive the country towards healthier meals and work on national campaigns to tackle obesity, particularly in children.

Saliha Ahmed will be in conversation with BBC Radio Jersey presenter Carrie Cooper.

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CATHY CASSIDY – SAMI’S SILVER LINING

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 10.00

SUITABLE KS2 +3

SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL

The must-have second book in the brilliant Lost and Found series from Cathy Cassidy, bestselling author of the Chocolate Box Girls.

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.

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HEROINES, HISTORIES AND HANDMADE BOOKS / JERSEY LIBRARY / MAIN STAGE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 16.30 – 17.30 / FREE

An entertaining and illuminating event presented by a mother and daughter duo, poet Mary Thomson and actress Cathy Sara. Through readings and conversation they will explore themes linked to books and poetry and their individual and shared stories, including the artistry of acting and the creation of single poem ‘books’.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RAYNOR WINN

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.

 

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HITLER’S BRITISH ISLES

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 13.00

True-life recollections from the Channel Islanders who were the only British subjects to live under Nazi rule in WWII.

Duncan Barrett spent three months in the Channel Islands researching Hitler’s British Isles, which tells the story of life under Nazi occupation and is based on interviews with over one hundred Islanders.

The people of Guernsey, Jersey and Sark got to know the enemy as those on the mainland never could, watching in horror as their towns and villages were suddenly draped in Swastika flags, their cinemas began showing Nazi propaganda films, and Wehrmacht soldiers goose-stepped down their highstreets.

Those who resisted the regime, such as the brave men and women who set up underground newspapers or sheltered slave labourers, encountered the full force of Nazi brutality. But in the main, the Channel Islands occupation was a ‘model’ one, a prototype for how the Fuhrer planned to run mainland Britain. As a result, the stories of the islanders are not all misery and terror. Many, in fact are rather funny – tales of plucky individuals trying to get by in almost impossible circumstances, and keeping their spirits up however they could.

‘An absolutely fascinating account of life under German rule in the Channel Islands during the war. As a Guernsey girl I grew up with these stories and recognise family and friends in these pages. Duncan Barrett has done a brilliant job of reflecting the peculiar challenges that existed for those living under occupation.’ Sarah Montague, The Today Programme presenter.

Duncan Barrett studied English at Cambridge University and now works as a writer and editor, specialising in biography and memoir. He is also the author of The Sugar Girls, GI Brides, and The Girls Who Went To War.

 

 

Duncan Barrett will also present a memoir-writing workshop at Jersey Arts Centre 11.00 – 13.00 Sunday 30 September.

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THE QUANTUM ASTROLOGER’S HANDBOOK

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 15.00

The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook is a science book with the panache of a novel, for readers of Carlo Rovelli or Umberto Eco. It is a work of and about genius.

This is a landmark in science writing. It resurrects from the vaults of neglect the polymath Jerome Cardano, a Milanese of the sixteenth century. A gambler and blasphemer, inventor and chancer, plagued by demons and anxieties, astrologer to kings, emperors and popes. This stubborn and unworldly man was the son of a lawyer and a brothel keeper, but also a gifted physician and the unacknowledged discoverer of the mathematical foundations of quantum physics. That is the argument of this charming and intoxicatingly clever book, which is truly original in its style, and in the manner of the modernists embodies in its very form its theories about the world.

‘Michael Brooks is the canniest science writer around. He writes, above all, with attitude.’ The Independent

‘Brooks is an exemplary science writer. His explanations have the sort of clarity you often yearn for when you read about science, but rarely find.’ The Telegraph

Michael Brooks, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a consultant at New Scientist, and writes weekly for the New Statesman. He is the author of At The Edge of Uncertainty, The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, THE, Philadelphia Inquirer and many magazines. He has lectured at, amongst others, NYU, the American Museum of Natural History, and the University of Cambridge.

 

 

Event sponsored by Pizza Projekt

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ALEX ROGERS

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 

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YASMIN RAHMAN – ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID

HIGHLANDS COLLEGE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 10.45

SUITABLE KS5

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.

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JERSEY CHILDREN’S LIBRARY / SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 15.00 / FREE

What makes you a you?

Are you like a sports car – lightning fast?

Or maybe you’re like a tree… Do your arms stick out like branches?

No? Then perhaps you’re like a snail – very slow (especially when it’s time for school!)

A funny and thought-provoking look at what makes us us. Guaranteed to feed the imagination, this celebration of being who we are is perfect for inquisitive (and inventive!) little minds.

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POETRY LUNCH

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.

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LA POÈT’TIE OPEN MIC / SOCIÈTÈ JERSIAISE MEMBERS’ ROOM / FRIDAY 27th SEPTEMBER / 19.00 – 21.00 / FREE

Join Juliette Hart of La Poèt’tie and Ben Spink of L’Office du Jèrriais for a special session of Jersey’s own monthly poetry open mic collective.

All are invited to read, perform and appreciate any and every style of poetry. We are a very friendly and welcoming group which celebrates the spoken word.

There is just one rule: for those bringing their own poem it should include at least one word of Jèrriais, s’i’ t’pliaît!

Snacks will be provided but please bring your own drinks.

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Alexa Radcliffe-Hart

Short Story Workshop
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SATURDAY 30th SEPT / 11.30 -13.00
Alexa Radcliffe-Hart is a short story writer, whose work featured in the inaugural Liquorice Fish anthology, Lost Voices, among others.  Alexa is currently writing her short story collection, Yet to be determined.  Alongside writing, she works in marketing and as an editor/workshop facilitator for literary organisations including The Word Factory, Writers HQ, First Story.

Head first: a short story workshop

“Head first…” is a focused hands-on course which will allow a group of up to 15 writers to develop their short story skills.  Bring your writing equipment and an open mind.  Alexa will guide you to uncover new characters and situations to explore within the short form.

 

 

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Havre des Pas

Havre Des Pas
Thursday October 1
‘Victorian Visitors’ | 10.30am – 1.30pm
MEETING POINT: George V statue in Howard Davis Park
DISTANCE
: 3 Miles (5kms)

Enjoy the seaside ambiance of Havre des Pas, and hear about some of its literary links; the preferred location of visitors like Victor Hugo, and famous soldier and writer T.E.Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), and haunt and inspiration for many local writers.

VICTORIAN VISITORS – TICKETS FREE (JUST TURN UP)

 

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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.

 

 

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Juliette Hart

Reflections of D-Day
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 15.00 – 16.00

Jersey born poet Juliette Hart has been published in many anthologies. She has read her poems in London (at the Troubadour Cafe and Torriano Meeting House) on BBC Radio, at the Branchage Film Festival, the Folklore Festival and at many island venues (including The War Tunnels and Mont Orgueil Castle). Her poems have been displayed on buses in Guernsey and she has exhibited at the Jersey Arts Centre.

Juliette has visited the Normandy landing beaches, cemeteries and museums several times with veterans who have inspired her collection of poetry – Reflections of D-Day. Historical events come to life through the personal experiences of the veterans. She will read poems from the collection with a backdrop of photographs taken in Normandy.

 

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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.


 

 

 

 

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Self-curating and Fake News

ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 15.00
Miranda Doyle, Felicia Yapp and Peter Mourant

Miranda Doyle’s A Book of Untruths is a family story told through a series of lies. Each short chapter features one of these lies and each lie builds to form a picture of a life— Miranda Doyle’s life as she struggles to understand her complicated family and her own place within it. This is a book about love, family and marriage. It is about the fallibility of human beings and the terrible things we do to one another. It is about the ways we get at—or avoid—the truth. And it is about storytelling itself: how we build a sense of ourselves and our place in the world. A Book of Untruths is a surprising, shocking and invigorating book that edges towards the truth through an engagement with falsehood. It brings questions to its readers; not answers.

Felicia Yap’s novel Yesterday is set to be the most talked-about thriller of 2017. A beautifully written psychological drama which taps into our innermost fears concerning identity, memory and love. Just how do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday?

Joining Miranda Doyle and Felica Yapp will be veteran local photographer Peter Mourant, who has just celebrated 40 years as photographer for the Jersey Evening Post. Together they will be discussing the role truth in all its forms, including the art of self curation, the stories pictures tell, the role of echo chambers in modern discourse and the impact of fake news.

The discussion will be chaired by renowned literary blogger and returning festival chair Naomi Frisby.

 

 

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THE READING CURE

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 16.30

A luminous memoir about recovery and how one woman discovered an appetite for food and life through reading.

At the age of fourteen, Laura Freeman was diagnosed with anorexia. She had seized the one aspect of her life that she seemed able to control and struck different foods from her diet one by one until she was starving. But even at her lowest point, the one appetite she never lost was her love of reading. This is not a book about an eating disorder; it is about recovery and what happens afterwards: ‘the pouring in of sunlight after more than a decade of darkness and hunger’.

As Laura battled her anorexia, she gradually re-discovered how to enjoy food – and life more broadly – through literature. Plum puddings and pottles of fruit in Dickens gave her courage to try new dishes; the wounded Robert Graves’ appreciation of a pair of greengages changed the way she thought about plenty and choice; Virginia Woolf’s painterly descriptions of bread, blackberries and biscuits were infinitely tempting. Book by book, meal by meal, Laura developed an appetite and discovered an entire library of reasons to live. The Reading Cure is a beautiful, inspiring account of hunger and happiness, about addiction, obsession and recovery, and about the way literature and food can restore appetite and renew hope.

Laura Freeman is a freelance writer and critic and writes for the Spectator, The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, TLS, Evening Standard, Slightly Foxed and Standpoint. She was shortlisted for Features Writer of the Year at the 2014 British Press Awards. She read history of art at Cambridge, graduating with a double first in 2010. The Reading Cure is her first book.

Laura Freeman will be in conversation with acclaimed writer Cathy Rentzenbrink.

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JACKIE THE BABOON

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 / £8

Jackie the Baboon tells the true story of a baboon who is taken to war as a mascot by the 3rd South African Infantry. Jackie is given a uniform and serves in the trenches of the Great War where he encounters humanity at its best and worst. Taking a unique viewpoint on the war, this scratch performance features innovative puppetry, hope and heartbreak.

The play has been commissioned by ArtHouse Jersey in association with Jersey Festival of Words as part of the Island’s commemorations of the Great War. Following this performance the play will be further developed for full production in 2019.

Brunskill and Grimes is a collaboration between Andy Brunskill and Jimmy Grimes working across theatre, parades, events, film, TV and veterinary research. They make work with animals as the starting point for narrative. Their work is devised and always has at least one puppet at the centre of their stories. They like strong visuals, epic music and work which everyone can enjoy.

Andy and Jimmy cemented their relationship working as Associate Director and Puppet Director of War Horse in the West End and since then have created work for venues including the Young Vic, Orange Tree Theatre and the egg at Theatre Royal Bath and created parades for companies including Longleat Safari Park and Meadowhall Shopping Centre. They like to develop work of all sorts of scale and ambition and when they’re not making a show are researching and developing a number of projects and ideas. When working together, Andy directs and writes and Jimmy designs and directs the puppetry. They make their shows through a long, collaborative approach with designers, composers, academics, actors, puppeteers and a whole range of artists through their unique process. They also like working with new people and frequently train actors and puppeteers.

The scratch performance of Jackie the Baboon will be introduced by Director of ArtHouse Jersey Tom Dingle.

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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. 

 

 

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CREATING A CHILDREN’S BOOK: PANEL DISCUSSION WITH PENNY BYRNE / JERSEY LIBRARY / REFERENCE LIBRARY / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 15.00

The pleasures and pitfalls of putting together and publishing a children’s book; a panel discussion of local writers and illustrators hosted by author Penny Byrne (Seymour’s Seaside Picnic).

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