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ROMANCE WRITING

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MARIA RITCHIE ROOM/ SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 12.30

Join bestselling author and Jersey resident Laura Carter as she shares her experience of being a traditionally published author of romance and commercial women’s fiction. Laura will be discussing the romance genre – sub-genres, tropes and conventions. She will offer advice for budding writers and there’ll be time to ask those burning questions you have as readers and writers. You’ll also have an opportunity to hear Laura read from her books and get your own copy signed by the author.

As a child, Laura would make up plays to perform with her sister and cousins at her grandparents’ house. In her late teens, sensibility won out and she studied Law at the University of Durham, then for a diploma in Legal Practice and became a master of International Trade Law.

Laura travelled the world and kept a daily travel journal, writing snippets of her adventures for family and friends back home. It was on Bondi Beach, when Laura was living in Sydney, that she picked up a tatty notepad and pencil and began writing her first novel (now safely tucked away in a drawer).

When her legal career brought her back to London, Laura found an idea that stuck: Gregory Ryans and Scarlett Heath were born in book 1 of the Vengeful Love trilogy (romantic suspense).

Laura moved with her husband and dog to the Caribbean, where she published Scarred by You (romantic suspense).

Hurricane Irma intervened and sent Laura and her family to Jersey, where she released her romantic comedy series, Brits in Manhattan.

 

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Paul Darroch

WHITE STAR, BLUE ICEBERG: JERSEY SEA STORIES

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MARIA RITCHIE ROOM/ SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 14.30

The story of Jersey is shaped by its encircling sea. Paul Darroch, author of Jersey: The Hidden Histories, will be bringing our compelling maritime history to life in an exclusive reading from his forthcoming book.

He tells of the turbulent waters that swept away the doomed manor of La Brecquette, and drowned the flower of English royalty in the White Ship. He also recounts the astonishing story of Miss Louisa Journeaux, whose Sunday night rowing escapade in St Helier’s harbour ended far across the ocean in Canada.

Jersey mariners occupied a ring-side seat at some of the defining events of maritime history; captaining the Cutty Sark, commanding the clash of arms at Jutland; and entering the bridge of RMS Titanic at the fatal moment of impact with the blue iceberg on April 14, 1912.

This is the story of an Island forged by the seas, set at the crossroads of maritime history, and told through the stories of the Jersey seafarers who made it.

 

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BLOGGING

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.com

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Penny Joelson

I Have No Secrets
JERSEY COLLEGE FOR GIRLS / 12.00 – 13.30 / THURSDAY 28th SEPT /  (RECOMMENDED KS3)

Sponsored by Santander International

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.

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THE ART OF BEING BRILLIANT

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER / 12.00 / £8

Too many people are simply ground down by the relentless pace of life, feeling great sporadically but with an eye on the weekend or a holiday, trapped in a wishing-their-life-away sleepwalk.

‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ aims to get you to feel brilliant more often, focusing on learning new habits of thinking and behaviour that will sustain personal ‘brilliance’. Life’s too precious to be sleepwalking through it. This is a wake-up call!

Andrew Cope has been studying the science of positive psychology since 2005, culminating in a Loughborough University PhD. He is also a best-selling author in the areas of happiness, leadership and personal development, and has delivered ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ to rave reviews all around the world.

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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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Ayisha Malik

The Other Half of Happiness
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER / 14.00 – 15.00

Sofia Khan is just married. But no one told her life was going to be this way . . .

Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant, and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells.

When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.

A book to make you smile, laugh and cry, this is the story of a mixed-race marriage and a mixed-up family, for anyone who’s ever struggled to balance their pride with their principles, or stuck around to try to mend a broken heart.

Ayisha Malik holds a BA in English Literature and Sociology, and a First Class MA in Creative Writing. She worked at Penguin Random House before moving to Cornerstones where she was managing editor for five years. Her debut novel, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged (Twenty7), was met with great critical acclaim and was a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick in 2016. The book has also been optioned for TV. The sequel, The Other Half of Happiness (Zaffre), is out April 2017. Ayisha is also the ghost writer for Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain’s book, The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters (Harlequin). She is now a full-time writer and is working on her third novel, as well as Nadiya’s second book.

 

 

 

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DAVE LOWE

THE INCREDIBLE DADVENTURE
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURS 28th SEPT / 12.00 – 14.00 / (RECOMMENDED KS2)

Sponsored by Santander International

Meet Holly: Big sister, Magician, Explorer-in-training!

Holly wants to be an adventurer, just like her dad. He’s an explorer – well, a travel writer – but he’s always off on adventures. Like now, he’s away in Greenland riding dogsleds and sleeping in an igloo while Holly is stuck at home with Mum, baby brother Ernest and Oates the disobedient dog. Worse still, he won’t be there when she performs her magic tricks in front of a huge crowd at school, or for her birthday.

But Dad has planned something very special – Holly’s birthday card is a map where X marks the beginning of ten challenges that she must complete in as many days; her very own ‘Dadventure’! As Holly completes each task she discovers that exploring often means facing your fears, that Mum used to be a danger-loving daredevil and that adventures can happen very close to home!

An internationally renowned children’s author, Dave Lowe grew up in Dudley, West Midlands. He now lives in Australia with his wife and daughters.

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Uncharted Territory

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.00
‘On Writing Pioneering Female Protagonists’ with Stef Penney and Jane Menczer

Set against the stark, timeless beauty of northern Greenland, and fin-de-siecle New York and London, Costa-winning author Steph Penney’s novel Under a Pole Star is a compelling look at the dark side of the ‘golden age’ of exploration, a study of the corrosive power of ambition, and an epic, incendiary love story following whaler’s daughter Flora Mackie as she sets out to become a scientist and explorer.

Set in 1905 Jane Menczer’s novel An Unlikely Agent follows Margaret Trant, who begins the story living with her ailing mother in a dreary boarding house in St John’s Wood. Following a chance interview she finds herself working for a highly secret branch of the intelligence service, Bureau 8, whose mission is to track down and neutralise a ruthless band of anarchists known as The Scorpions.

Joining Stef Penney and Jane Menczer as they discuss writing pioneering female protagonists will be returning festival chair and local writer Gwyn Garfield-Bennett.

 

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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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Jem Lester

‘Schtum’ (as part of A Life Less Ordinary Panel Event)
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 18.00

Jem Lester was a journalist for nine years and saw the Berlin Wall fall in 1989 – and though there, he denies personal responsibility. Perhaps it is Lester’s experiences and talent as a journalist that had him turning to real life for inspiration for his debut novel, Shtum.

Ben Jewell has hit breaking point. His 10 year old son, Jonah, has never spoken. So when Ben and Jonah are forced to move in with Ben’s elderly father, three generations of men – one who can’t talk, two who won’t – are thrown together. As Ben battles single fatherhood, a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons, he learns some difficult home truths. Jonah, blissful in his ignorance, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history and misunderstanding are finally untangled.

Based loosely on Lester’s own experiences with his severely autistic child, this book is a funny and heartbreaking story about families, forgiveness and finding a light in the darkest days.

Jem Lester will be appearing at the A Life Less Ordinary panel event (on communicating without the common senses) with Penny Joelson and Vanesssa Potter.

 

 

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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 / WEDNESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 13.00
JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 27th 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.

Free entry though booking essential via Eventbrite:

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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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JERSEY OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 15.30

Poetry, prose and drama will all feature in this performance by one of Jersey’s leading writers.

‘What Simon Crowcroft gets so remarkably well in his poetry is character: the individual’s momentary absorption into vulnerability, eccentricity, idiosyncratic expression, and always observed acutely with compassion and the realisation that we are all different, in our moments of being caught out as totally individual.’ Jeremy Reed

Simon Crowcroft won the JEP Writing Competition in 1992 with a short story The Doofer, and his poem In Memory of Richard Marsh won the competition the following year. The Magic Town won the competition in 1999 and Compulsory Showers, a poem about the holocaust, won third prize in the prestigious Bridport Prize international competition in 2001.

In recent years, Simon’s prose and verse have won prizes in the Jersey Festival of Words JEP/Rathbones Writing Competition and the Guernsey International Poetry Competition.

Simon’s plays The Bailiff’s Nose – or Ralegh in Jersey, Smoke Signals, Streaking to St Paul’s, The Blue Terrace and Calling Jordan have been staged at Jersey Arts Centre and The Last Voyage of Philip d’Auvergne, commissioned for Jersey Arts Centre youtheatre, was performed in Bad Wurzach, Germany in 2005.

Simon Crowcroft’s poems have been published in Wavelengths: New Poetry in the Channel Islands (Holland House Editions 2011) and Incident in Liberation Square and Other Poems (ELSP 2012)

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Robin Etherington

‘Freaky and Fearless’
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 27th SEPT / 10.00 – 12.00 / (RECOMMENDED KS2)

Sponsored by Santander International

Simon Moss is an ordinary boy who loves to write. His best friend, Whippet, loves to draw. Both wish they were brave enough to star in their own comic, and when a mysterious shadowy beast kidnaps Simon’s little sister, that wish is granted … with epic consequences!

With out-of-this-world artwork by Jan Bielecki, Freaky and Fearless is a fun-filled series of madness, imagination and adventure. Join Robin in a laughter-filled show and find out exactly where he gets his weird and wonderful ideas.

Suitable for anyone aged 6-600.

Reviews of Freaky and Fearless book one:

‘A (boldly doodled) whirlwind of comics, pirates, missing noses and tall tales.’ Jonny Duddle

‘Etherington & Bielecki have teamed up to create a sizzling, spooky, mind-bending adventure! Readers will find themselves grabbing pencils and paper to reveal their own neighbourhoods as weird and wonderful new worlds’. Sarah McIntyre

Robin Etherington, as one half of The Etherington Brothers, has written three graphic novels that have been nominated for an array of awards. He has also produced comic stories for bestselling brands like Star Wars, Transformers, Wallace and Gromit, The Dandy, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon as well as writing for animation and film. Robin regularly tours schools and book festivals with events in the UK and abroad. Through energetic, laughter-filled Q&A sessions he loves to share his passion for reading, writing, art and the power of imagination.

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Hidden Treasures

 JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER / 11.00 – 12.00
JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 29th 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. These books are rarely viewed and some date back to the 1400s. Many are beautifully bound, colour hand-finished and edged in gold leaf.

 

 

 

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Greg James and Chris Smith

KID NORMAL
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SAT 30th SEPT / 14.00-15.00

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.

 

 

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Joshua Seigal

I Don’t Like Poetry
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 29th SEPT / 10.00 – 12.00 / (RECOMMENDED KS2)

Sponsored by Santander International

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

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Andy Cope

‘Spy Dog’
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 28th SEPT / 10.00  / (RECOMMENDED KS2)

Sponsored by Santander International

The Spy Dog books are a No 1 bestselling series about Agent GM451 Codename LARA (Licensed Assault and Rescue Animal). Lara is an ordinary household mutt on the outside (other than her sticky-up ear with a bullet hole), but really the canine equivalent of James Bond, whose numerous adventures are far from ordinary. She is 63 years old (that’s in dog years of course) and speaks seven languages including English, Japanese and Dolphin. The series has been so successful there are now two spin-off series – Spy Pups and Spy Cats.

Andy Cope is an award-winning children’s author, motivational speaker and ‘happiness’ researcher. When he is not writing, he is doing events and workshops in schools across the country or giving seminars in the Art of Being Brilliant (which means being the best possible version of yourself). His events are engaging, humorous and inspiring and he’s great with a big crowd.

Andy will also deliver an Art of Being Brilliant workshop for Year 6 students at Jersey Library and a secondary school KS3 assembly.

 

 

 

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Discover Your Family’s History

THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER / JERSEY LIBRARY / 10.00 – 12.00 / FREE
SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER / JERSEY LIBRARY / 10.00 – 12.00 / FREE

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.

 Contact Jersey Library on 01534 448708

 

 

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Miranda Doyle

A Book of Untruths
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 15.00 – 16.00

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.

‘Extraordinary. A Book of Untruths combines a painfully frank yet strangely rewarding account of a terrifying childhood, a compelling narrative packed with vivid and sometimes terrifying characters, and a meditation on time, memory and identity that, while it travels its own contemporary path, raises questions that would not seem out of place in Speak, Memory or Augustine’s Confessions.’ – John Burnside

At this event Miranda Doyle will be joining Felicia Yap (Yesterday), photographer Peter Mourant and returning festival chair (and renowned literary blogger) Naomi Frisby for a panel discussion on fake news, echo chambers and the stories that pictures tell.

 

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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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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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‘THE AWESOME BOOK OF SPACE’

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 28th SEPT / 12.00 / (RECOMMENDED KS2)

Sponsored by Santander International

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.

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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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Jane Menczer

An Unlikely Agent
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.00 – 17.15

London, 1905. Margaret Trant lives with her ailing, irascible mother in a dreary boarding house in St John’s Wood. The pair have fallen on hard times, with only Margaret’s meagre salary from a ramshackle import-export company keeping them afloat.

When a stranger on the tram hands her a newspaper open at the recruitment page, Margaret spots an advertisement that promises to ‘open new horizons beyond your wildest dreams!’. After a gruelling interview, she finds herself in a new position as a secretary in a dingy backstreet shop.

But all is not as it seems; she is in fact working for a highly secret branch of the intelligence service, Bureau 8, whose mission is to track down and neutralise a ruthless band of anarchists known as The Scorpions. Margaret’s guilty love of detective fiction scarcely prepares her for the reality of true criminality, and her journey of self-discovery forms the heart of this remarkable novel, as she discovers in herself resourcefulness, courage, independence and the first stirrings of love.

‘An enthralling Edwardian espionage thriller featuring an endearing, independent female lead and lashings of intrigue… Fuelled by the heroine’s immense appeal, and the flawless plotting, this is an engrossing read… and I rather hope this gifted debut novelist dishes up more detective delights in the very near future’ – LoveReading.co.uk

Jane Menczer was born in Winchester and now lives in Cambridge. She has worked in a West End theatre, as a nanny, as a waitress, and as a bookseller. Working with Germaine Greer on her dissertation awakened an interest in all the talented and heroic women from other eras who have been overlooked or forgotten, and directly influenced the creation of the character of Miss Trant.

For this event Jane Menczer will be joined by Stef Penney (Under a Pole Star) for a panel discussion on writing pioneering female protagonists.

 

 

 

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‘The Exact Opposite of Okay’
HIGHLANDS COLLEGE / FRIDAY 28th SEPT / 10.45 (KS5)

Sponsored by Santander International

Izzy O’Neill here! Impoverished orphan, aspiring comedian and Slut Extraordinaire, if the gossip sites are anything to go by…

 Izzy never expected to be eighteen and internationally reviled. But when explicit photos involving her, a politician’s son and a garden bench are published online, the trolls set out to take her apart. Armed with best friend Ajita and a metric ton of nachos, she tries to laugh it off – but as the daily slut-shaming intensifies, she soon learns the way the world treats teenage girls is not okay. It’s The Exact Opposite of Okay.

A hilarious, ground-breaking YA novel for anyone who’s ever called themselves a feminist … and anyone who hasn’t.

‘This book will make you laugh out loud, nod in agreement, cringe with recognition, and stand up and cheer. I adored it’. Katherine Webber

Wonderfully funny and with a truly warm heart, this book challenges sexism without ever being heavy-handed. For Year 12 and 13 students, it covers incredibly important topics such as sexting, sex scandals and social media.

Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. She has an MA in Creative Writing and works at a non-profit organisation supporting women in the creative arts. She has been shortlisted for Northern Writers’ Award, and the Sunderland Short Story Award (in association with Waterstones). Her TV pilot, Clickbait, was a finalist in British Comedy’s 2016 Sitcom Mission. The Exact Opposite of Okay is her first book for young adults.

 

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Jersey Evening Post Writing Competition

ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER / 16.30
‘Winners’ Presentation’

Now in its fourth year the Rathbones / Jersey Evening Post Short Story competition continues to encourage local writers of all ages to share their talents by submitting original short stories and flash fiction. Join this year’s winners as they receive their prizes from novelist Libby Page (The Lido), before hearing a selection of short pieces brought to life by selected readers.

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Secondary Schools Poetry Slam Final
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 28th SEPT

Sponsored by Santander International

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.

Following on from the success of the 2015 Schools Poetry Slam at the inaugural Jersey Festival of Words, secondary schools around the Island will once more be guided by Farrago Poetry in a series of 90-minute workshops over two days, where they will learn to prepare and perform their own slam poetry pieces. These will then be presented at an exciting multi-school slam final at the Jersey Opera House on Friday, 28th September, featuring a panel of judges including singer Lauren Ivy and Santander International MD James Pountney. John Paul O’Neill and his guest poet will also perform at this event and an overall winner will be chosen as the Santander International Slam Champion 2018.

Farrago Poetry slam at Jersey Library (2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Lemn Sissay

GOLD FROM THE STONE

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 20.00

Join one of Britain’s most popular and celebrated poets, renowned for his strong, lyrical work on social and family themes, as he talks about his life and performs his poems. Lemn Sissay was the official poet of the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 FA Cup and is currently Chancellor of the University of Manchester. Made an MBE in 2010, his radio appearance on Desert Island Discs, when he spoke about his experiences of emotional and racial abuse as a foster child in the UK care system and his search for his Ethiopian birth mother, is regarded as one of the most moving in the programme’s long history.

When he was 21, The Guardian newspaper heralded the arrival of his first book Tender Fingers in a Clenched Fist: ‘Lemn Sissay has Success written all over his forehead’.

Lemn Sissay is the author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London and include Gilt of Cain near Fenchurch St Station, which commemorates the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Sissay describes dawn in one tweet every day, his Morning Tweets. One Morning Tweet became the award-winning building MVMNT Café. It is the only building in the world built below a tweet.

His award-winning one-man play Something Dark has been performed throughout the world. A BBC TV documentary Internal Flight and a radio documentary Child of the State were broadcast about his life and his TED Talk has had close to a million views. Sissay’s television appearances include The South Bank Show and the BBC series Grumpy Old Men and he is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

Lemn Sissay is Associate Artist at London’s Southbank Centre, Patron of The Letterbox Club supporting children in care, Ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, Trustee of the Forward Arts Foundation and the Foundling Museum, inaugural Trustee of World Book Night and an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Lemn Sissay will also present the prizes in the first Jersey Festival of Words Poetry Competition.

EVENT SPONSORED BY LE GALLAIS SELF STORAGE

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Hamish Marett-Crosby

Italy’s Other Island
ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.00 – 17.00

Hamish Marett-Crosby is a journalist, broadcaster and raconteur who has also enjoyed a long association with the hospitality industry.

His different areas of expertise come together in his book Italy’s Other Island: The Italian Community and the Making of Modern Jersey. It tells the colourful story of the men and women from Italy who made Jersey their home and played a central part in the success of its tourism as it became the No.1 industry between the 1950s and 1980s, that more relaxed era which also helped to define the Island’s international image. In the heyday of Jersey tourism, all the main hotels were staffed by Italians, many of whom went on to start their own businesses, treasuring their close bonds as well as their native food and wine…another interest shared with Hamish as a connoisseur and merchant. His affectionate history was launched at this year’s Viva Italia! festival in Jersey, a proud new venture by the children and grandchildren of these pasta pioneers.

 

 

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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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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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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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JERSEY MYTHOLOGY

JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER / 13.10 – 13:50 / FREE

Local author Erren Michaels will be talking about the island’s mythology from her books Jersey Legends and Jersey Ghost Stories. She will also discuss the different versions and evolution of local fairytales, as well as the way in which they influenced her new work of fiction, upcoming novel The Stone Key.

Free event though booking essential via Eventbrite (below).

 

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‘COLLUSION’

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 29th SEPT / 18.00

In Collusion, award-winning journalist Luke Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia. Featuring exclusive new material and drawing on sources from the intelligence community, Harding tells an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage. This book gets to the heart of the biggest political scandal of the modern era. Russia is reshaping the world order to its advantage; this is something that should trouble us all.

‘It’s a superb piece of work, wonderfully done and essential reading for anyone who cares for his country. Amazing research and brilliantly collated.’ John le Carré 

‘Luke Harding is one of the best reporters in the world and has written the definitive book on relations between Putin and Trump.’ Roberto Saviano

‘Stylish writing, meticulous research, and fact-checking… A detailed exposé of a dark world of spies, bribes, mega-money laundering, Russian mafia, and Trump cronies… A non-fiction John le Carré. Mesmerising.’ Richard Dawkins

Luke Harding is a journalist, writer and award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. Between 2007 and 2011, he was the Guardian’s Moscow bureau chief. The Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the Cold War. He is the author of A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Mafia State as well as the co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy and The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (nominated for the Orwell Prize.) Two of these have been made into films, Dreamworks’ The Fifth Estate based on WikiLeaks and Director Oliver Stone’s Snowden.

Luke Harding will be in conversation with Sean Dettman.

 

 

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JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER / 15.00 – 16.00 / FREE

Heather Morton is the author of a new book, scheduled for publication later this year, that tells the story of German soldiers and sailors imprisoned in Jersey. We are familiar with German rule during the Occupation, but this part of Jersey’s role in the First World War is less well known. There are other stories too, of prisoners, escapes, military funerals and living on the sand dunes – behind barbed wire. Even earlier Neolithic families squeeze into the picture.

Free admission; booking essential.

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Felicia Yapp

Yesterday
ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPT / 15.30 – 16.30

How do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday?

There are two types of people in the world. Those who can only remember yesterday, and those who can also recall the day before. You have just one lifeline to the past: your diary. Each night, you write down the things that matter. Each morning, your diary tells you where you were, who you loved and what you did.

Today, the police are at your door. They say that the body of your husband’s mistress has been found in the River Cam. They think your husband killed her two days ago. Can you trust the police? Can you trust your husband? Can you trust yourself?

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.

Felicia will be joining novelist Miranda Doyle, JEP photographer Peter Mourant and guest chair Naomi Frisby for a panel discussion on self-curating and ‘fake news’.

 


 


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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

CELEBRATING THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 10.00

 

Are you a fantastically beastly fan of the Harry Potter books?

Returning after her highly entertaining appearance at Jersey Festival of Words 2017, join Fleurble Laffalot for a family-friendly journey through J.K. Rowling’s much loved books.

Discover fun facts about the Harry Potter books as well as taking part in some of the key elements of life at Hogwarts – the sorting ceremony, Care of Magical Creatures, spells, potions and much more.

A funny, silly event for anyone who has ever wanted to explore the magical world of Harry Potter books!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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with MARTIN EDWARDS

JERSEY LIBRARY / FRIDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 1300 – 15.00 / FREE

An interactive writers’ workshop focusing on the crime genre, and presented by award-winning crime writer and Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association Martin Edwards. It is suitable for beginners and more experienced writers, and those interested in writing both novels and short stories.

Free admission, booking essential.

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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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TONY LE MOIGNAN – A LONG GOODBYE

JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 15.00 / FREE

Simon, a successful accountant, has a big problem. The biggest of them all. He checks himself into Orchard Care Home whilst still relatively healthy, the youngest resident by decades. He’s confident he cut all ties with the outside world and is untraceable. Emma, married with no kids, lives, breathes and manages Orchard Care Home; a position her husband, Michael, used to hold in the good old days. But now he’s soared up the company hierarchy she sees so much less of him.

The attraction between carer and resident is instant, but ultimately destined for catastrophe. Alzheimer’s takes no prisoners and Early Onset, it’s most tragic form, is the cruellest of all. How can Michael feel threatened by Simon? And what future could Emma have with him? Simon understands less and less, but knows he has to try and run away from time – to somehow beat the ceaseless clock.

Tony Le Moignan on his debut novel, A Long Goodbye, which looks at Early Onset Alzheimer’s and the impact it has on those living with the condition and those close to them.

Free admission, booking essential via Eventbrite (below).

 

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AN EVENING WITH ALAN TITCHMARSH / JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / MONDAY 26th NOVEMBER / £15

In a special postscript to Jersey Festival of Words 2018, join Alan Titchmarsh MBE, bestselling author of nine novels, four volumes of memoirs and more than 50 gardening books, as he discusses his work.

First famous for his TV shows and books on gardening, Alan is now also a best-selling novelist whose visit under the banner of the Jersey Festival of Words will coincide with publication of his latest work of fiction. The Scarlet Nightingale, set in wartime London and occupied France, is a thrilling story of love, danger and sacrifice that opens in the late 1930s as a family tragedy forces 17-year-old Rosamund Hanbury and her French governess to leave the Devon coast for a new life in London, where she has to learn to act like a lady and is swept off her feet by Harry Napier. When the Phoney War ends and the Blitz begins, personal tragedy strengthens Rosamund’s determination to help defeat the Nazis and she is recruited into the Special Operations Executive for the mission that will truly put her courage and loyalty to the test.

Alan was the presenter of Gardeners’ World, the hugely popular Ground Force and The Alan Titchmarsh Show. He writes regularly in BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, Country Life and The Sunday Telegraph, is a Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society and patron or president of over 50 charities.

Alan Titchmarsh will be signing books after the event.

BOOK TICKETS HERE

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MINDFULNESS FOR WELLBEING 

JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 17.30 – 18.30 / FREE

Local author, founder and CEO of Soulgenic, Glenda Rivoallan, will introduce her new book and look at how we could all benefit from taking a mindful approach to life. 

Free admission, booking essential via Eventbrite (below).

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PETER JAMES

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 20.00 / £15

‘I do feel that with Bergerac having long gone, the time is right for a new Jersey-based crime fiction novel and I’ll be the bloke to bring it.’ Peter James, Jersey Evening Post interview.

Join Peter James, who has recently moved to Jersey, as he discusses his life and work. Peter is the international bestselling author of many award-winning novels. His Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, set in Brighton, is published in thirty-seven territories with worldwide sales of over nineteen million copies, and has given him twelve consecutive Sunday Times number ones. In 2015 WHSmith customers publicly voted him the Greatest Crime Author of All Time and in 2016 he became the recipient of the coveted CWA Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award for sustained excellence. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police.

‘Peter James has penetrated the inner workings of police procedures, and the inner thoughts and attitudes of real detectives, as no English crime writer before him.’ The Times

Dedicated to authenticity, Peter bases his books upon real life experiences he has witnessed through shadowing the Sussex Police. In researching Dead If You Don’t, his recently published 14th DS Roy Grace novel, Peter travelled to Albania to gain a better understanding of the roots of the 2,000 strong Albanian community in Brighton; investigated untraceable cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, that are commonly used to pay ransoms; and visited the pyrotechnic team behind the explosive Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson World Tour.

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences? This question and its answer lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, the forthcoming international thriller from Peter James, which promises intrigue, action and conspiracy on a global scale. The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence…

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JOANNA TROLLOPE

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 20.00 / £15

Two Families. One Proposal. A decision that could pull them apart. The much-anticipated novel from the Number One Bestselling author of City of Friends.

Joanna Trollope is one of Britain’s most popular authors whose novels of modern relationships, marriage and community have kept her among the bestsellers for over 30 years. An Unsuitable Match, her latest novel, is an uplifting story of love, family and second chances.

Dealing with one’s own emotions is one thing. Facing a parent’s roller-coaster of a love life is quite another…

Rose Woodrowe is getting married to Tyler Masson – a wonderful, sensitive man who is head-over-heels in love with her. The only problem? This isn’t the first time for either of them, and their five grown-up children have strong opinions on the matter…

Who to listen to? Who to please? Rose and Tyler are determined to get it right this time, but in trying to make everyone happy, can they ever be happy themselves?

‘Nobody writes about family tensions better than Joanna Trollope’. Good Housekeeping

Joanna Trollope is the author of twenty highly acclaimed and bestselling novels, including The Rector’s Wife, Marrying the Mistress and Daughters-in-Law. She was appointed OBE in 1996, and a trustee of the National Literacy Trust in 2012. She has chaired the Whitbread and Orange Awards, as well as being a judge of many other literature prizes; she has been part of two DCMS panels on public libraries and is patron of numerous charities, including Meningitis Now, and Chawton House Library. In 2014, she updated Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility as the opening novel in the Austen Project. An Unsuitable Match is her twenty-first novel.

 

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LIBBY PAGE

‘THE LIDO’

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

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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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LUCY ADLINGTON

‘THE RED RIBBON’

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 14.30

History Wardrobe presents The Red Ribbon.

Dress historian Lucy Adlington invites you into the world of fashion, fabrics, hats and home-sewing in the 1940s, to celebrate the publication of her new novel The Red Ribbon – an amazing story inspired by the dressmakers of Auschwitz. Have a closer look at the display of original garments and accessories.

As Ella begins her first day working at Birchwood, she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Here are no ordinary clients. Every dress she makes could mean the difference between life and death… Ella is a prisoner at Auschwitz concentration camp. And this place is all about survival.

One thing weaves through the colours of couture gowns and camp mud – a red ribbon, given to Ella as a symbol of hope.

Based on survivors’ testimonies and a personal interview with Eva Schloss (Anne Frank’s stepsister), The Red Ribbon is a powerful read for anyone who was moved by The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Lucy Adlington is a writer, actress and costume historian. Her novels for teenagers, written under the name L. J. Adlington, including The Diary of Pelly-D and Burning Mountain, have been nominated and/or shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Manchester Book Prize, the Leeds Book Prize and the Rotherham Book Award. She also writes non-fiction for adults about the history of clothes, including Great War Fashion and Stitches in Time: The Story of the Clothes We Wear. She founded the historical costume events company, History Wardrobe, has appeared on BBC Woman’s Hour discussing the history of underwear and she lives on a working farm in Yorkshire. She is currently writing a non-fiction book about women in the 1940s.

This event is suitable for adults and older children.

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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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RUPERT THOMSON

‘NEVER ANYONE BUT YOU’

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 11.00

Never Anyone But You is the gripping, beautifully-written story of a love affair between two revolutionary French female artists who were Jersey residents.

Suffocated by provincial convention and the restrictions of their gender, Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe reinvent themselves as Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore and move to Paris. Before too long, they are mixing in the most glamorous social circles, meeting everyone from Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dalí to Andre Breton. Moreover, they are producing surrealist photographs of great power and strangeness.

As World War Two looms, they leave Paris for Jersey, and it is here that they confront their destiny in a campaign of propaganda against Hitler’s occupying forces that places them both in great danger.

From one of our most celebrated writers, Never Anyone But You explores the true story of two extraordinary women who smashed gender boundaries, redefining what it means to be a woman, and ultimately risked their lives to overcome oppression.

‘Smart, stylish, inventive, and always entertaining, Rupert Thomson displays enormous range as a novelist. His prose is consistently sharp, his ideas consistently intriguing. I would read any book that Rupert Thomson wrote.’ Lionel Shriver

Rupert Thomson is the author of eleven highly acclaimed novels, including The Insult, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, and chosen by David Bowie as one of his 100 Must-Read Books of All Time, The Book of Revelation, which was made into a feature film by the Australian writer/director, Ana Kokkinos, and Death of a Murderer, which was shortlisted for the Costa Prize. In 2010, he published a memoir, This Party Got to Stop, which won the Writers’ Guild Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Rupert Thomson has contributed to the Financial Times, the Independent, and the Guardian. He lives in London.

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Dave Randall

Sound System
CHORDZ COFFEE SHOP/ SAT 30th SEPTEMBER / 19.00 – 20.00

Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground grime artists to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions and to prop up the status-quo. Sound System is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what makes music so powerful.

Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall a unique insider s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. He finds remarkable examples of music as a force for social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history. This is a book of raves, riots and revolution. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few?

Dave Randall is a guitarist, producer and composer. He has contributed to multimillion selling albums by Grammy Award winning artist Dido and has toured the world a number of times performing with UK dance act Faithless. His own critically acclaimed albums released under the name Slovo feature international collaborations with artists including Iceland’s Emiliana Torrini, West Africa’s Maezah and US jazz legend Max Roach.

Event sponsored by Chordz.

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The Blonde Plotters

Gwyn Garfield-Bennett / Kelly Clayton / Deborah Carr
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 30th SEPT / 13.30 – 14.30

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.


 


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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.

 

Event sponsored by Every Child Our Future

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WRITING A NOVEL: BRING YOUR IDEAS TO LIFE THE FABER ACADEMY WAY

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 13.45

Jersey’s aspiring writers will have the opportunity to gather expert advice from the Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy, Richard Skinner, author of Writing a Novel which draws on his years of experience as a writer and teacher.

Writing A Novel is not a set of rules and regulations. It is an atlas, a guide to finding your own way over the treacherous passes of your first novel. Richard Skinner covers the basics of writing great fiction – narrators, characters, settings – with charm and rigour. But more than that, he argues that the journey towards a final manuscript is as important as the finished article itself. Many of Richard’s students have gone on to secure publishing deals and many more have left his courses with work to be proud of. With its balance of warmth and wisdom, Writing a Novel will give any aspiring writer the confidence to face the blank page – and to fill it.

‘Without wanting to lean towards hyperbole, it really has been the most wonderful six months under your tutelage. I feel I have learned such an extraordinary amount.’ Ben, a student on Writing A Novel 2017

Richard Skinner has taught the Faber Academy’s flagship six-month course ‘Writing A Novel’ since its inception in 2009 and has helped hundreds of people to tell their stories, including Baileys Prize-shortlisted Laline Paull and author of international bestseller Before I Go To Sleep S. J. Watson. Richard is also a talented novelist in his own right: his most recent book, The Mirror, was described as ‘beautifully written… immersive… captivating’ by the Guardian.

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EAT, DRINK, RUN.

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 / £10

The new hilarious and inspirational memoir from Sunday Times no 1 bestselling author Bryony Gordon.

Bryony Gordon was not a runner. A loafer, a dawdler, a drinker, a smoker, yes. A runner, no. Yet somehow, as she began to recover from the emotional rollercoaster of laying her life bare in her mental health memoir Mad Girl, she started to realise that getting outside, moving her body and talking to others for whom life was also an occasional challenge, might actually help her. As she began to run further she started to see the limitations she had imposed on her life more clearly.

In April 2017, less than a year after she had weighed herself at over 16 stone but stepped off the scales and started training anyway, Bryony Gordon ran all 26 and 3/4 miles of the London Marathon. In her new, typically funny and hugely inspiring memoir, she shows us how extraordinary things can happen to us all, no matter what life throws at us, if we’re just willing to keep going.

In the 18 years that she has worked for the Telegraph, Bryony Gordon has become one of the paper’s best-loved writers and her columns on mental illness are receiving a phenomenally positive response from readers. She has over 42k followers on Twitter and is the founder of Mental Health Mates. Bryony is the author of the bestselling The Wrong Knickers plus The Sunday Times Number One bestseller Mad Girl which was nominated for a British Book Award. Her weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph has won her an army of fans who have followed her journey from single girl about town to – finally! – settled mum. Bryony is now 37 and lives in Nappy Valley (Clapham) with her daughter Edie and her husband, a financial journalist. The last sentence is one she never thought she would see written down on paper.

Bryony Gordon will be in conversation with author of Running Like a Girl Alexandra Heminsley.

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THE SOBER DIARIES

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 / £8

The Sober Diaries is a brave, honest and at times hilarious account of how one woman gave up drinking and started living.

After partying hard through university – this was the era of the “ladette” and Bridget Jones, when an entire generation of women learned to drink far harder than their mothers and grandmothers ever had – Clare Pooley went into advertising where she found herself part of another drink-fuelled culture. She embraced it and was highly successful; she become managing partner of one of the biggest ad agencies in the world. But when Clare gave up work to concentrate on being a mum she continued to drink. She used alcohol – at least a bottle of wine a day – to escape boredom and tiredness. Other parents of young children all seemed to be doing the same thing, but she was drinking alone. She became overweight, depressed and worried about the effect it was having.

In March 2015 Clare quit drinking and – in an effort to find support without revealing her identity – she started a blog called Mummy was a Secret Drinker under the pseudonym ‘Sober Mummy’. The blog found an almost instant worldwide following; thousands of women who, like Clare, knew alcohol was damaging their lives. Within a year the blog hit over a million page views. The group’s members formed a huge but close support network for one another. When Clare was diagnosed with breast cancer members rallied around her. The Sober Diaries is the personal and frank story of Clare’s first year without alcohol and includes research, advice and wisdom acquired during a year of successfully living sober. It is upbeat, funny and – above all – about trying to live life to the full.

Clare Pooley will be in conversation with Festival Vice-Chairman and writer Paul Bisson.

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From Mersey to Jersey

JERSEY OPERA HOUSE (STUDIO) / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.45 – 17.45
‘From Mersey To Jersey and the lyrics of 1967’

Fifty years ago a collection of poetry called The Mersey Sound was published, with work from Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri. It was hugely popular (a poetry anthology selling 500,000 is unusual, even if you are Seamus Heaney) and the accessibility of the poems helped create an environment for performance poetry that still endures. As a tribute a gang of local poets have been dragged from their desks to create similarly accessible verses inspired by that collection. Featuring readings from The Mersey Sound, original material from Island poets including Linda Rose Parkes, Geraint Jennings and Nicky Mesch, and a quick discussion on why song lyrics are almost always dreadful when stripped of their musical backing.

 

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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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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Dinosaur’s Return
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER / 11.00 – 12.00

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks is back on the 10th anniversary of this bestselling picture book series! By the light of a silvery moon, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his faithful friends are heading for Thunder Mountain.

Their mission? To take a little dinosaur home. But the biggest adventure EVER lies in store. Join our brave young knight and his faithful friends as their adventure leads them into the middle of a dinosaur stampede and towards a volcano that might erupt at any moment!

Can Sir Charlie save the day again and help the lost dinosaur safely home? An action-packed, funny and charming picture book adventure that is perfect for reading aloud before bedtime and sharing with little adventurers!

Get ready for a lively stage show featuring giant books, props, and maybe even a song or two!

 

Kristina Stephenson trained as a set and costume designer. She had a successful career in theatre and children’s TV until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them, she turned to illustration. Inspired to write by her own son Charlie (who doesn’t have stinky socks), she created the wonderful adventures of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks.

 

 

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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 info@clubsoulgenic.co.uk to book

 

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LEAP IN

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.

Swimming is one of the fastest growing sports in the country: 2.7 million people in the UK swim once a week. And Alexandra Heminsley thought she could swim. She really did. It may have been because she could run. It may have been because she wanted to swim; or perhaps because she only ever did ten minutes of breaststroke at a time. But, as she learned one day while flailing around in the sea, she really couldn’t.

Believing that a life lived fully isn’t one with the most money earned, the most stuff bought or the most races won, but one with the most experiences, experienced at the fullest, she decided to conquer her fear of wild swimming. From the ignominy of getting into a wetsuit to the triumph of swimming to Ithaca, Alexandra learned to appreciate her body and still her mind. As it turns out, the water is never as frightening once you’re in, and really, everything is better when you remember to exhale.

Candid, insightful, and empowering, Leap In will move you – to tears of laughter and to the water!

‘Soaringly beautiful book about swimming’ India Knight, Sunday Times

Alexandra Heminsley is a journalist, broadcaster and ghostwriter. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Running Like a Girl, which has now been published in thirteen countries.

Alexandra Heminsley will be joined by author of The Lido Libby Page in this swimming-themed event chaired by acclaimed writer Cathy Rentzenbrink.

 

 

Event sponsored by Le Gallais Self Storage

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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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HOW TO SURVIVE IN TEACHING WITHOUT IMPLODING, EXPLODING OR WALKING AWAY

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 20.30

Recent statistics show that not enough teachers are entering the profession and that too many are leaving. Teaching is facing a genuine crisis. But why is this? In her thought-provoking book, experienced teacher and leader Dr Emma Kell examines workplace stress and anxiety, conflict and ‘toxic politics’, and the other factors which lead teachers to ultimately decide to walk away.

‘This book is a love song, a battle cry, a lament for the profession to which I have dedicated almost half of my life so far, and to which I plan to dedicate myself for as long as I possibly can… Everybody needs teachers. Teachers who are wrung-out and bitter are no good to us. Teachers who are thriving do a better job than those who are exhausted, disillusioned and running on empty. Teaching is a wonderful job. Truly it is. I cannot imagine another profession in which I would laugh so much, feel triumph and disappointment so intensely, and have such a deeply ingrained sense of having a very real chance to make a difference, to make a mark on the future. But, at the moment, there is something very, very wrong with teaching in the UK. Teachers are leaving in their droves.’

Emma firmly believes there are ways to survive the increasing pressure teachers are under. This book offers a realistic, unflinching and positive perspective on the challenges and rewards of teaching.

Dr Emma Kell has 20 years’ experience as a teacher and is Head of English with senior leadership experience at a school in North London. She is also a former Head of MFL. She has written several articles and blog posts on school leadership and the pressures of teaching including through her blog and via Twitter @thosethatcan. She has recently completed a doctorate on teacher well-being and work-life balance at Middlesex University.

Dr Emma Kell will be in conversation with writer and teacher Simon MacDonald.

Event kindly sponsored by NASUWT

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THE GARDEN, OUR OASIS: WAR GARDENS: A JOURNEY THROUGH CONFLICT IN SEARCH OF CALM

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 12.30

Working in the world’s most dangerous war zones, freelance war correspondent and photographer Lalage Snow has often chanced across a very moving sight, a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit in adversity, a celebration of hope and beauty: a war garden. In Kabul, the royal gardens are tended by a centenarian gardener, though the king is long gone; in Camp Bastion, bored soldiers improvise tiny gardens to give themselves a moment’s peace; on both sides of the dividing line in Jerusalem families tend groves of olives and raise beautiful plants from the unforgiving, disputed landscape; in Ukraine, families tend their gardens in the middle of a surreal, frozen war.

War Gardens is a surprising, tragic and beautiful journey through the darkest places of the modern world, revealing the ways people make time and space for themselves and for nature even in the middle of destruction.

Award winning photographer, filmmaker and writer Lalage Snow has covered conflict and unrest since 2007 after finishing a Masters degree with Distinction in photojournalism at London College of Communication. Her personal projects have been published and exhibited to critical acclaim around the world and have been featured on Channel 4, BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera. She has also given a number of public talks at literary festivals, museums and academic institutions including MIT. A series of short films made in Afghanistan are currently on display at the Smithsonian.

Lalage Snow will be joined by Tor Udall author of A Thousand Paper Birds and Kate Bradbury author of The Bumblebee Flies Anyway to discuss gardens as oases in a panel chaired by blogger Naomi Frisby.

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READING BETWEEN THE LINES: WHAT YOUR HANDWRITING SAYS ABOUT YOU

JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 16.00 – 17.00

Join Emma Bache at Jersey Library to discover what your handwriting reveals about you.

Are you creative, with a strong imagination? Or easily distracted and oversensitive? Do you have a strong physical and sexual drive? Are you – secretly – far less confident than you appear? How well do you work as part of a team? How suited are you, really, to your partner? Who is the office sociopath? The answer to all these questions and many more can be revealed by your handwriting.

Handwriting is something of a dying art nowadays, as we tap messages to each other day after day. But every aspect of penmanship – the height of an ‘h’, the curliness of a ‘g’, the pressure of the pen on the paper – is a collection of involuntary signals. The way we write can tell the world a huge amount; sometimes more than the things we write about.

The UK’s leading handwriting expert, Emma Bache has worked as a graphologist since 1989, analysing handwriting in both the Corporate and private sectors. With additional qualifications in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, Emma has helped to solve cases of fraud for both private individuals and the corporate world, giving a valuable insight into the criminal mind. She has had her own columns in The Times and the Financial Times and has written for other major publications such as the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and Cosmopolitan. She has made frequent TV and Radio appearances, including GMTV’s This Morning, BBC’s History Hunter and Radio 4’s Today Programme.

Free admission though booking essential via Eventbrite:

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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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JERSEY CHILDREN’S LIBRARY / SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER / 11.00 / FREE

Join us for a bilingual story time with the Alliance Française de Jersey

Free admission: no booking necessary. Suitable for children aged 3 – 8 years old

Jersey Library is pleased to present this event as part of the Jersey Festival of Words 2018.

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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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Jason Rohan

‘The Stone of Kuromori’
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURS 28th SEPT / 10.00 – 12.00 / (RECOMMENDED KS2)

Sponsored by Santander International 

Three treasures. Two friends. One destiny. Ever since Kenny learned that he’d been chosen as bearer of a magical sword, he and best friend Kiyomi have been protecting the human world from ancient Japanese monsters.

But Kiyomi’s human soul has been taken from her and only the restoration of the three sacred treasures – the sword, the mirror and the jewel – can save her from transforming into a monster herself. Yet as they complete their mission, they discover that all their actions have been manipulated and an undead army is about to be unleashed upon humankind. The forces of life, with Kenny as their champion, gather their allies for a final showdown.

This series is for fans of Beast Quest and Percy Jackson crossed with a hyper-cool modern-day Japanese setting with references to Pokemon and Super Mario as well as demons and monsters from Japanese folklore. So get set to join Jason for a fabulous event (including the Malteser chopstick challenge!).

Jason Rohan has worked as a staff writer for Marvel Comics in New York and as an English teacher in Japan, where he lived for five years. He returned to the UK and now lives in West London with his wife and five children.

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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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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 GARDEN, OUR OASIS: THE BUMBLEBEE FLIES ANYWAY – A YEAR OF GARDENING AND (WILD)LIFE

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 12.30

Is there any point in gardening for wildlife when everyone else is drowning the land in poison and cement?

If the dead could return, what would they say about the land we have taken, the ancient routes we have carved up, the wildlife we have lost?

In The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, Kate Bradbury documents transforming her decked, barren backyard in Brighton into a beautiful wildlife garden: the unbuttoning of the earth and the rebirth of the garden, the rewilding of a tiny urban space. She erects bird boxes and bee hotels, hangs feeders and grows nectar- and pollen-rich plants, and slowly brings life back to the garden.

But while she’s doing this, Kate’s neighbours continue to pave and deck their gardens locking them away, the wildlife she tries to save is further threatened, and she feels she’s fighting an uphill battle.

Kate finds herself back home in Birmingham where she grew up, travelling the roads she used to race down on her bike in the eighties, thinking of the gardens and wildlife she loved, witnessing more land lost beneath paving stones.

Kate Bradbury is the wildlife editor on BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, and a freelance writer for the Guardian, BBC Wildlife magazine, and Telegraph Gardening. She is a regular contributor to BBC Gardeners’ Question Time and appears in the gardenersworld.com/no-fuss-guides videos. Her book The Wildlife Gardener was the Environmental Award winner at the Garden Media Guild Awards in 2013. Kate is a Butterfly Conservation Ambassador and A Focus on Nature mentor.

Kate Bradbury will be joined by Tor Udall author of A Thousand Paper Birds and Lalage Snow author of War Gardens to discuss gardens as oases in a panel chaired by writer and blogger 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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FESTIVAL OPENING EVENT: KIT ASHTON AND GUESTS

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 19.30

Jersey Festival of Words opening events have earned a reputation for being vibrant and creative with a distinctly local flavour. This year is no exception and we’re excited to invite you to The Jersey Song Project.

‘Let drumbeats rise, let dragons roar!

Sing out, set sail – let Jèrriais soar!’

The Jersey Song Project is a ground-breaking collaboration between Jersey Festival of Words and musician Kit Ashton which aims to use the power of song to help keep Jersey’s own language Jèrriais alive. Jersey musicians and Jèrriais speakers will come together to create and perform new songs.

Kit Ashton’s Jèrriais band Badlabecques was founded in collaboration with L’Office du Jèrriais and their music is a fusion of upbeat pop and folk influences from around the world. They have done much to raise the profile of the Island’s language through concerts and recordings.

Kit has an MA in Music and a range of experience working as a musician and touring with the likes of soul-diva Carleen Anderson and Mercury-award nominated Thomas White (Electric Soft Parade, Brakes). He is undertaking doctoral research to look at how music can help to preserve endangered languages. The concert will form part of his research and will be filmed for YouTube.

Come and be part of this unique contemporary revitalisation of Jersey’s rich and historic culture.

 

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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.

http://www.ccagalleriesinternational.com/events.html

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