JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MARIA RITCHIE ROOM/ SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 10.45
‘Blogging my way out of the madness and into a flexible career…’
Learn why Emma started blogging as a form of therapy, and why she thought it was a good idea to share her fears, secrets, and embarrassing memories with the whole of the internet. Emma talks about the power of blogging and how you too could be blogging your way towards a new career.
Emma Critchley is a former teacher who swapped life at the chalkface for life as a stay-at-home mum. Her dreams of becoming a Stepford Wife/Perfect Pinterest Mum were soon abandoned when she realised that she had somehow lost herself between the mountains of ironing and the never-ending cleaning up of glitter. Emma started blogging to save her braincells, somehow won an award (Fresh Voice – BritMums Brilliance in Blogging 2016) and now works as a freelance writer.
Emma Critchley blogs at: islandliving365.comGo back
Jemma knows who did the murder. She knows because he told her. And she can’t tell anyone. Fourteen-year-old Jemma has severe cerebral palsy. Unable to communicate or move, she relies on her family and carer for everything. She has a sharp brain and inquisitive nature, and knows all sorts of things about everyone.
But when she is confronted with this terrible secret, she is utterly powerless to do anything. Though that might be about to change… A page-turning thriller seen through the young adult readers. Perfect for fans of Wonder, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Looking for JJ.
Penny Joelson was born in London where she still lives with her husband and two children. She began working with disabled people when she was a teenager, which gave her inspiration for this novel and its insights. Penny runs ‘Creative Writing for Children’ workshops at City Lit and is currently working on her next novel.
Returning to Jersey Festival of Words is the hugely entertaining poet A.F. Harrold.
Midnight Feasts is a tasty anthology for children, edited by A.F. Harrold and beautifully illustrated by Katy Riddell, featuring poems about food from a diverse range of poets from William Carlos Williams and Imtiaz Dharker to Joseph Coelho and Sabrina Mahfouz.
The Afterwards is a powerful, poignant, darkly comic and deeply moving story about friendship at its most extraordinary.
Fact: Ember and Ness are best friends. There’s nothing more to say about it. It is what it is. It is what will always be. Then Ness dies. It is sudden and unexpected and leaves Ember completely empty. When Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, she determines to bring Ness back. Because that’s what friends do isn’t it? They rescue each other. They help. They never give up.
‘A brave, challenging and beautifully written book that unflinchingly confronts death, grief and denial, but which is redeemed by a dark humour and, beneath everything, a beating heart of love’ Daily Mail
A.F. Harrold is an English poet who writes and performs for adults and children. He spends his time showing off on stage, writing poems and books, and stroking his beard (it helps churn the ideas). He is the author of The Song from Somewhere Else (illustrated by Levi Pinfold), the Fizzlebert Stump series, and the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal longlisted The Imaginary (illustrated by Emily Gravett).
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
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 12.00
SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL
A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention
Using a giant 25-foot-long timeline as a backdrop, and his signature coat of many pockets, Christopher will stop off at 15 defining moments that have shaped all history – natural, stone age, ancient and modern. Each moment is represented by a different everyday object that represents a theme as significant to explaining the past as it is pertinent to determining the future.
“Taking a step back, is often far more valuable than racing two steps ahead”, says the author, who is famous for enthralling audiences all over the world with his highly interactive talks. “And when you take that step back and see how knowledge connects together you’ll discover how the real world is far more amazing than anything you can make up!”
‘ABSOLUTELY AMAZING … Children will love it – and adults too!’ Jacqueline Wilson
Christopher Lloyd graduated with a double first in history from Cambridge in 1990 and went on to become the Technology Editor for The Sunday Times. He left in 2000 to become CEO of Immersive Education in Oxford before becoming an author in 2006. His best-selling history of the world What on Earth Happened? is now in 15 languages and has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. He established his own publishing house, What on Earth Publishing, in 2010 and has published a series of timelines in collaboration with illustrator Andy Forshaw covering history, nature, science, sport, Shakespeare and Magna Carta. Christopher is now in great demand as a lecturer and storyteller in schools, museums and at literary festivals throughout the UK and abroad.
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.
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
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!Go back
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.
Free entry though booking essential via Eventbrite:
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.
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.Go back
LINDA ROSE PARKES
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 / £5
Linda Rose Parkes will read from her latest collection, This Close, and other new poems. She will be joined by poets Sandra Noel, Nicky Mesch, Linda Lock, Juliette Hart and Sharon Champion performing some of their own work, with music from Mike Freeman on saxophone, and vocals and guitar from Martin Greene. Intense and daring, never solemn, come and be immersed in a polyphony of voices.
‘We are lucky these poems are tethered to the page by ink because they want to run, float, fly from the paper into a Chagall sky, voluptuous with possibility. Linda Rose Parkes writes as she paints – with generosity, wonder and luminous colour.’ Helen Ivory
Linda Rose Parkes spent nineteen years in Germany, after studying literature and completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She worked in adult education, had her two children and collaborated with songwriters and musicians, forming a singer-songwriter-poetry band called Menagerie, performing at festivals, bars and cafés. Some of her poems have been set to music and she continues to collaborate with songwriter-musicians. Missing the sea, she returned to her native Jersey. She is also a painter and was the winner of the 2018 Fox Open Art Competition. This Close is her fourth collection.
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.
Sponsored by Appleby
Kid Normal is the debut children’s book by Radio 1 presenters Greg James and Chris Smith. Kid Normal tells the story of Murph Cooper. When he rocks up to his new school several weeks into the beginning of term, he can’t help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it’s not because he’s worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are. It’s because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake.
And unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But just because you don’t have superpowers, it doesn’t mean you can’t save the day. Let’s hope Murph realises that, and quick – because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans …
Get set for an hugely entertaining and interactive event, kindly sponsored by Appleby, that explores our preconceptions of superheroes and villains.
What do you mean you don’t like poetry? This must mean you’ve not read the debut collection of poems from Joshua Seigal!
Whether it’s poems about the power of books or the joys of fried chicken, once you’ve read Joshua’s poems you’ll be shouting from the rooftops that poetry is the place to be!
Packed with subversive humour and a real insight into the world of children today, I Don’t Like Poetry will please the most reluctant of poem readers whether they want something funny, sad or scary. It is a wonderful collection that shows a new poet at his best.
Joshua Seigal is a poet, performer and workshop leader who spends his time visiting schools, libraries and theatres around the country and beyond. He has taken critically-acclaimed poetry shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but usually ends up performing in front of his mirror, using a hairbrush as a microphone. You can find out more at: joshuaseigal.co.uk
‘Magic’ – Michael Rosen
‘Very imaginative and wonderful’ – The Sunday Times
‘Your session was brilliant. Thank you so much’ – Mary Myatt (Ofsted Lead Inspector)
‘Very clever’ – PoetryZone.co.uk
EVENT SPONSORED BY
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.Go back
Jersey Library’s librarians will show you how to discover your family’s history, using the broad range of resources in Jersey Library, from our newspaper archives and reference resources to the latest online databases such as Ancestry UK and the Forces War Records.
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 email@example.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. ‘
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!
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 18.00
SPONSORED BY VOISIN LAW
An insider’s guide to football contracts, multi-million pound transfers and Premier League big business
Whether it is a manager being sacked, the effect of BREXIT on the UK football industry, the signing of a new, star player, television rights negotiations, player misconduct or multi-million-pound club takeovers, lawyers remain at the heart of all football business dealings. Written by leading Premier League lawyer Daniel Geey, who has dealt with all these incidents first hand, Done Deal explores the issues – from pitch to boardroom – that shape the modern game and how these impact leagues, clubs, players and fans.
What really happens inside a club on transfer deadline day? Are football agents overpaid? Which club put a clause forbidding space travel into a midfielder’s contract? And which team’s players can never wear red boots?
Featuring insider anecdotes and expert contributions, Done Deal provides football fans with a fresh and authoritative perspective on all off-field football matters.
‘Done Deal is a testament not only to Daniel’s vast knowledge on his subject, but also to his ability to present even the most complex ideas in a clear and vivid way.’ Gianluca Vialli
‘A hugely entertaining look at the ever more complex machinations of the beautiful game. Essential.’ Raphael Honigstein, the Guardian and ESPN
Daniel Geey is one of the UK’s most highly respected sports lawyers. His clients include Premier League and Champions League football clubs, international players, agencies, rights holders and other sports companies. He is the go-to man when complex legal matters need to be explained to a wider audience and he has appeared on Sky Sports, Sky News, BBC, CNN, BT Sport, Bloomberg, TV2, BBC Radio 4, and TalkSport, and contributed to the Daily Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mirror and the Independent. He tweets at @FootballLaw.Go back
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.
‘THE AWESOME BOOK OF SPACE’
Be amazed by hilarious, mind-fizzing, wonderful facts about space!
Do you know how long it would take to drive to the sun?
Or whether you’d like to go on a space vacation?
Be truly amazed by these and more fascinating facts about our planet, our solar system and our universe in The Awesome Book of Space.
Adam Frost is one of the UK’s most exciting children’s writers. He has won the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 – Best Book with Facts and been nominated for Waterstone’s Children’s Prize. When Adam is not collecting weird and wonderful facts, he works as a website editor and information designer for publications such as The Guardian, Buzzfeed and The BFI.
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.
JIBE AND JOKE: A CELEBRATION OF THE GENIUS OF W. S. GILBERT
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 17.30 / £5
Members of the Jersey Gilbert and Sullivan Society and friends will provide sixty minutes of sparkling entertainment from the pen of the doyen of librettists.
W. S. Gilbert is chiefly recognised for his collaboration with Arthur Sullivan in a series of comic operas that are known wherever the English language is spoken. However, he was already known in Victorian England as a journalist, a theatre critic, a cartoonist, a writer of short stories, for his comic verse which appeared in the magazines Fun and Punch, as well as for his plays. For a time he was the leading dramatist of the day until first Wilde and then Shaw assumed that mantle.
Besides his writings, Gilbert was also in the forefront of the development of stage direction on which he had decided views. As a result of his efforts and those of others, going to the theatre became a respectable form of entertainment at which significant improvements in styles of acting could be enjoyed.
The Jersey Gilbert and Sullivan Society was formed in 1980 with the expressed intention of performing the works of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. In the intervening years, the Society has performed concerts and all the operas written by the famous pair with the exception of the very first, Thespis, for which the music was lost soon after its initial run. Not to be thwarted however, one chorus for which both words and music are held was performed in the Society’s recent series of Concerts, Gilbert and Sullivan Go East and West.
The Society has over fifty members and has presented a costumed production at the Jersey Opera House more or less annually since its formation.Go back
DARE TO TRI
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.00
EVENT SPONSORED BY CANACCORD WEALTH GENUITY MANAGEMENT
TV presenter Louise Minchin’s incredible journey from the BBC Breakfast sofa to representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships.
What started out as a fun BBC Breakfast cycling stunt in 2012, culminated in Louise Minchin wearing the colours of Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championship in 2015. This is the story of how a newly discovered sport became a passion and then an obsession.
Dare to Tri charts Louise Minchin’s progress as she rediscovers competitive sport after 30 years and takes her first tentative steps as a triathlete. As her performances improve, there’s a realisation that representing the Great British team in her age group is a possibility and the book tells of her plucky attempt to achieve this almost-unthinkable goal.
It is an adventure not without its challenges as Louise has to overcome personal nerves, a brutal training regime, the odd bike crash and the occasional drama. Along the way Louise rediscovers the forgotten joys of sport and receives surprising rewards in the form of new-found respect from her teenage daughters and the realisation of the important role mothers play in inspiring girls to continue to enjoy sport.
‘Louise’s amazing journey to becoming a triathlete encourages us all to be a little more adventurous’ Dame Darcey Bussell
‘Witty, genuine and engaging’ Outdoor Fitness
Louise Minchin is one of the UK’s best known news presenters and television broadcasters. For more than six years she has been the anchor of BBC Breakfast, the UK’s most popular breakfast programme. She has presented the One O’clock News, guest presents on BBC Radio Four’s You and Yours and is the BBC’s triathlon presenter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01534 767403 for all ticket enquiries.
Event sponsored by
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.Go back
DOCTOR WHO: THE SECRET IN VAULT 13
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 16.00
SPONSORED BY FAIRWAY GROUP
Jump into the TARDIS and head on an intergalactic journey with best-selling author, David Solomons, who has written a laugh-out-loud Doctor Who adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her companions. Can you win the (re)generation game or save the world by identifying a predator from a pot plant? Learn about creating new worlds and new stories in this interactive, high energy and hilarious event.
As a life-long fan of Doctor Who, David Solomons has weaved together an action-packed plot with fantastic and unforgettable characters in The Secret in Vault 13. The Doctor and her companions Yaz, Graham and Ryan are just working out where to go on holiday when Graham’s potted begonia unexpectedly sends out a distress signal… Hidden in a vault, far across the galaxy, is a secret. It’s a race against time for the Doctor and her friends to find the key to the vault and work out exactly what it contains – but a deadly headteacher, some terrifying robots and a rather aggressive pot plant are determined to stop them at all costs.
David Solomons is the best-selling author of the My Brother is a Superhero books, the first of which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 and the British Book Industry Awards Children’s Book of the Year 2016. David also won the 2018 Laugh Out Loud Awards (Lollies) with the second book in this series, My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord. In addition to his acclaimed children’s fiction, David Solomons has been writing screenplays for many years – his first feature film was an adaptation of Five Children and It, starring Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Izzard. He was born in Glasgow and now lives in Dorset with his wife, the novelist Natasha Solomons, their son Luke and their daughter, Lara.Go back
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).
15.00 WORKSHOP:Go back
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 10.00
Daughter of renowned poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Frieda Hughes will be sharing some of her experiences and observations in a reading from her recently published selected poems Out of the Ashes, which comprises the main body of work from her collections Wooroloo, Stonepicker, Waxworks and The Book of Mirrors. She will also be reading from her illustrated collection, Alternative Values, which includes poems on love, death, life and some very personal insights into her childhood.
Born in London in 1960, Frieda Hughes is a painter and poet. She has also written children’s books, articles for magazines and newspapers, and was the Times Poetry columnist from 2006-2008. She has judged numerous poetry competitions, as chair judge for the Forward Prizes for Poetry and for the National Poetry Competition among others. Her poems have appeared in many leading publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The London Magazine, The Times, The Spectator, Tatler, Thumbscrew, and Agenda.
Frieda Hughes’s fable-like poems draw on her early years in Devon and Yorkshire, a lifelong engagement with nature and itinerant wildlife, and later experiences when living in Australia, London, and most recently Wales.
‘She is a courageous poet with a rich palette and the ability to create some startling and memorable images.’ Maura Dooley & Jamie McKendrick, PBS Bulletin
‘Her book is about aloneness, about cathartic confrontation and rebirth… The position of the confessional voice in this poetry is quite deceptive – the “I” can be both public and personal. Such poems outflank the obvious. This is poetry come out of siege.’ John Kinsella, Observer
As a painter, Frieda regularly exhibits in London. In November 2018 she exhibited the first 100 abstract images of a 400 image project in which, as a means of informing her art through her experiences, Frieda illustrated 400 consecutive days of her life with 400 oil on canvas paintings as a means of making something positive out of the most difficult days, to include a family death and personal illness. Great joy and happiness also feature…
She resides in Wales with owls and motorbikes.
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.Go back
AN EVENING WITH SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 20.00
SPONSORED BY CAREY OLSEN
An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.
In conversation with his son Mike, and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at his remarkable journey from a pit village in Yorkshire to the top of those famous stairs, whilst reliving the best moments from a show that for many defined their Saturday night.
Michael Parkinson left school at sixteen with the ambition to play cricket for Yorkshire and England and to write about cricket for the Manchester Guardian. Although he didn’t manage to fulfil the first half of his ambition, he has since become one of the most successful journalists of his generation. He wrote a sports column for The Sunday Times for fifteen years and has also written for the Telegraph.
He is also a legendary TV and radio presenter – his long-running chat show Parkinson was named one of the top ten TV programmes of all time by the BFI. For three decades, Parkinson interviewed the movers and shakers of the late twentieth century, making his television programme the must-see event of the week. In singing with Bing Crosby, dancing with Billy Connolly, flirting with Miss Piggy and sparring with Muhammad Ali, Parkinson proved himself one of the most engaging and durable hosts.
Michael Parkinson is the author of several books, including his autobiography Parky: A Full and Funny Life and his memoir Parky’s People: Intimate Insights into 100 Legendary Encounters. He was awarded a knighthood for services to broadcasting in the 2008 New Year’s honours list.
Signed paperback copy of George Best: A Memoir with each ticket.
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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.
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.Go back
RISE UP, WOMEN! THE REMARKABLE LIVES OF THE SUFFRAGETTES
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 18.00
SPONSORED BY VIBERTS
First published to coincide with the centenary of British women gaining the vote in February 2018, Rise Up, Women! has cemented Diane Atkinson’s status as the most authoritative voice writing on the suffrage movement today.
From their marches on Parliament and 10 Downing Street, to the selling of their paper, through to the more militant activities of the Women’s Social and Political Union, whose slogan ‘Deeds Not Words!’ resided over bombed pillar-boxes, as well as acts of arson and the slashing of great works of art – the women who participated in the movement endured police brutality, assault, imprisonment and force-feeding, all in the relentless pursuit of one goal: the right to vote.
Diane Atkinson celebrates the lives of the women who answered the call to ‘Rise Up’ – a richly diverse group of actresses and mill-workers, teachers and doctors, bootmakers and sweated workers. Rise Up, Women! brings these women to life in a stirring chronicle of their grace, resilience and determination that changed the world forever.
‘Pretty much a definitive history of the suffragette … It’s a huge achievement that her narrative, so crisp and clear, is never less than enthralling’ Rachel Cooke, Observer
‘For too long these extraordinary women have been hidden from history. Rise Up, Women! should be a standard text in all schools and will be a treasured handbook for today’s feminists.’ Harriet Harman MP
Diane Atkinson is the author of two illustrated history books, Suffragettes in Pictures and Funny Girls: Cartooning for Equality, and three biographies, Love & Dirt, Elsie and Mairi Go to War and The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton. A regular lecturer on the suffragettes at conferences and literary festivals, she has also appeared on radio programmes including Woman’s Hour, and has consulted on numerous television documentaries, as well as, most recently, the film Suffragette.
THE LIDO, HAVRE DES PAS / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 13.00 – 15.00 / £10
Join us at Jersey’s iconic Art Deco pier and sea lido at Havre des Pas for an afternoon of swimming-inspired books.
The Lido is Libby Page’s first novel. It was bought in six-figure pre-emptive deals within 24 hours of submission in the UK and the US, and will be published in 11 other territories around the world. It tells the story of a public bathing pool in London under threat from property developers and how such old-style outdoor lidos, like Jersey’s own at Havre des Pas, have the power to bring communities together.
Brockwell Lido is under threat of closure. Rosemary, 86, who has recently lost her husband has begun a campaign to save the place that holds so many memories for her. Kate, 26, is a reporter for a local newspaper. Rosemary recognises Kate’s loneliness and suggests that she take up swimming every day and Kate realises that, in the water, everyone is the same and that the lido offers a kind of freedom from her isolated life. Together, they join forces on the campaign to save it from closure.
‘The Lido is a joyous and uplifting debut – a testament to kindness and friendship and all those values society must hold dear.’ Sarah Winman
Libby graduated from The London College of Fashion with a BA in Fashion Journalism before going on to work at The Guardian and in marketing. She is now a full-time writer, as well as a passionate outdoor swimmer. She and her sister run a blog and Instagram account @theswimmingsisters, documenting their swims and the benefits of outdoor exercise for mental health. Libby has also been a leading campaigner for fairer internships and has spoken on radio, TV and in parliament in support of fair pay for interns. Libby began writing at an early age and when she was sixteen wrote an illustrated book, Love Pink, to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.
Libby lives in London, where she enjoys finding new swimming spots and pockets of community within the city.
This event will be chaired by acclaimed writer Cathy Rentzenbrink.
Event sponsored by Le Gallais Self Storage
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.Go back
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.
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.Go back
Make way for the Blonde Plotters! Join local authors Gwyn Garfield-Bennett, Kelly Clayton and Deborah Carr as they discuss their craft, their inspirations and how the three came to meet. All three live on Jersey and are independently published authors writing a mix of genres including romance, general fiction and crime thrillers.
Deborah Carr’s novel A Jersey Kiss (written under the pseudonym of Georgina Troy) was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016. Deborah has since gone on to write several more books in The Jersey Scene series.
Journalist Gwyn Garfield-Bennett’s new novel Lonely Hearts has just been published (under the name Gwyn GB); her debut novel Islands was published in 2016.
Kelly Clayton is the author of The Jack le Claire Mystery series (Blood in the Sand, Blood Ties); her third book will be published in November 2017.
WHAT MAKES ME A ME?
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 10.30 / £6.50
What makes me a me?
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.
Ben Faulks is an actor and writer from Cornwall, best known for his role as Mr Bloom in the CBeebies children’s television show Mr Bloom’s Nursery. He was nominated for a BAFTA award for best Children’s Television Presenter in 2011 and the show won an RTS North And West award for best children’s programme in 2011. He lives in Heptonstall, Yorkshire.
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.Go back
SAMI’S SILVER LINING
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 10.00
SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL
Forced to flee his home in Syria for safety in England, Sami attempts to begin a new life but struggles to overcome the pain of the past. Memories of the long and dangerous journey across icy waters, armed with only his dad’s old coat, a flute, and the hope of a brighter future, are never far away. Can his new friends and a blossoming romance melt his frozen heart, or is it too late to find a silver lining?
Praise for Cathy’s books:
‘Touching, tender and unforgettable’ The Guardian
‘A moving page turner’ The Telegraph
‘A piece of brilliance from Cathy Cassidy, a novel that captures the readers’ hearts and minds.’ The Scotsman
Cathy Cassidy is one of the UK’s top-selling children’s authors. She was an art teacher, a magazine editor and an agony aunt before becoming a full time writer. She has worked at Shout magazine and previously at Jackie and has won the prestigious ‘Queen of Teen’ award.Go back
CLUB SOULGENIC / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 + 16.00 / £25 (for PMA workout to include Nude Food power ball and smoothie)
Join us at Club Soulgenic to discover The PMA Method.
“The PMA Method is so much more than a fitness book. I want to teach people to never settle for feeling average and to keep striving to be the best version of themselves.”
Faisal Abdalla, aka ‘Mr PMA’, is a Nike master trainer, a master trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp and Ellie Goulding’s personal trainer. He believes that there are three golden rules to looking and feeling great: nutrition, fitness and, most importantly, a Positive Mental Attitude.
‘The more I started doing classes and also working out with my trainer, Faisal Abdalla, the better I felt about myself’. Ellie Goulding
Faisal’s PMA Method is about working hard to achieve the body you want through a positive mindset; it is about understanding how the smallest of steps can have huge results.
Featuring structured exercise routines for the body and mind as well as delicious and healthy recipes, including easy-to-make vegetarian options, The PMA Method is a comprehensive guide to achieving physical and mental health. From a hearty breakfast of Kicking Scrambled Eggs, to a post-workout lunch of Itsa Pizza Pitta, to a dinner of deliciously nutritious Thai Burgers, Faisal’s programme is all about enjoying good food as much as achieving fitness goals. Filled with tasty, ‘fakeaway’ recipes, this is a method that helps you achieve sustainable changes without leaving you feeling deprived of tasty food.
Faisal’s 14-day fitness method focuses on a combination of HIIT and strength training, meaning the focus isn’t just on fat burn but on sculpting a strong, functional and toned body that is maintainable beyond completion of the book.
Join Faisal for a unique PMA work-out at Club Soulgenic at 14.00 and 16.00 – contact Club Soulgenic on 01534 733080 or email@example.com to book
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 12.00
SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL
Get ready to meet Cookie Haque – funny, science-obsessed and ready to take on the world!
Join author, broadcaster and beloved former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq as she introduces you to Cookie and her adventures in the first of a sparkling new 7-12-year-old series.
With live draw-alongs, brain-busting quizzes and games galore – prepare for non-stop comedy fun.
Cookie has never quite felt as if she fits in – a quirky girl with a touch of the geek, from a Bangladeshi family, and with an uncanny ability to get herself into almost constant scrapes. Populated by a hilarious cast of characters, the Cookie books will strike a chord for anyone who’s ever been to school.
‘Smart, funny and full of warmth, just like its author’ David Walliams
‘Everybody’s going to fall in love with Cookie. She’s clever and funny and just can’t seem to get anything right.’ Charlie Higson
Konnie Huq is a huge advocate for getting girls into science and as a child was just as obsessive as her character Cookie. Konnie’s first foray on television was presenting the satellite show TVFM at the tender age of 16. She is best known for being the longest serving member of the Blue Peter team and has recently started presenting The Tube on Channel 4 Radio. And in between all of this, she’s even managed to fit in an Economics degree from Cambridge! In 2009 Huq won the Best Rising Star Screenplay Angel award at the Monaco International Film Festival and she co-wrote, with husband Charlie Brooker, the second episode of the Channel 4 anthology series Black Mirror, entitled Fifteen Million Merits.
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.Go back
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
ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID
HIGHLANDS COLLEGE / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 10.45
SPONSORED BY SANTANDER INTERNATIONAL
Written in three points of view, a moving and impactful debut exploring the life-saving power of friendship.
16-year-old Mehreen’s anxiety and depression, or ‘Chaos’, as she calls it, has taken over her life. So she joins MementoMori, a website that matches people with partners and allocates them a date and method of death. Mehreen is paired with Cara and Olivia, two strangers dealing with their own serious issues.
As they secretly meet over the coming days, Mehreen develops a strong bond with the only people who seem to understand what she’s going through. But soon, the thing that brought them together has also created a supportive friendship that makes them realise that, maybe life could be worth living. It’s not long before all three want out of the pact they made. But in a terrifying twist of fate, the website won’t let them stop, and an increasingly sinister game begins …
‘I grew up in a traditional Bengali Muslim family, similar to that of my character Mehreen. In our culture, there is little understanding of mental illness. I remember assuming I was abnormal, that there was no one who could understand me. It was also around this time that I found YA literature. I grew obsessed with books on the topic of mental health, becoming overwhelmed at the notion that someone understood what was happening; someone felt the same (even if they were fictitious) … It’s the book I wish I’d had as a teenager.’ Yasmin Rahman
Yasmin Rahman is a British Muslim born and raised in Hertfordshire. All The Things We Never Said is her first novel. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Hertfordshire and an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University, both with Distinction. When she’s not writing, Yasmin makes bookish fan art; her designs are sold worldwide on behalf of John Green.Go back
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.Go back
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.Go back
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.
SHE IS FIERCE: BRAVE, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL POEMS BY WOMEN
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 13.30
She is Fierce is a powerful collection of 150 poems that celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage. Join editor Ana Sampson as she talks about the anthology and hear a selection of the poems.
The collection contains an inclusive array of voices, from modern and innovative poets such as Maya Angelou and Carol Ann Duffy to classic beloved poets from previous centuries including Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti and Charlotte Bronte. Each poem is accompanied by a short biography of each poet.
With poems on friendship, resistance, protest, body image, mental health, nature, joy, love, and from suffragettes to school girls, from spoken word superstars to civil rights activists, from aristocratic ladies to kitchen maids, these are voices that deserve to be heard.
Ana Sampson studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield and gained a BA and MA. She has worked in publicity in publishing for over fifteen years, both in-house for Random House, Kyle Books, Michael O’Mara Books and Quercus and on a freelance basis. Ana has contributed articles to publications including Writers’ Market UK and The Book Lover’s Companion. She has appeared on national and regional radio talking about books, poetry and teenage diaries. Ana has six published anthologies including Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright: Much Loved Poems You Half Remember and Green and Pleasant Land: Best Loved Poems of the British Countryside.
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.
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.
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.Go back
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.Go back
FINISSAGE WITH RUPERT THOMSON / CCA GALLERIES / SAT 29th SEPT / 19.15-20.45
Finissage with author Rupert Thomson and photographic archivist Gareth Syvret. Rupert’s novel Never Anyone But You tells the story of the love affair between Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, two revolutionary French female artists. Following his talk at the Jersey Festival of Words, Rupert will be signing copies of his book amongst the work of Claude Cahun and Clare Rae and musing on the literary and visual language Cahun’s work has provoked
Finissage with author Rupert Thomson and photographic archivist Gareth Syvret. Rupert’s novel Never Anyone But You tells the story of the love affair between Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, two revolutionary French female artists. Following his talk at the Jersey Festival of Words, Rupert will be signing copies of his book amongst the work of Claude Cahun and Clare Rae and musing on the literary and visual language Cahun’s work has provoked.Go back