INSPIRING women in British history will be the subject of a presentation by legendary radio presenter Jenni Murray at the third Jersey Festival of Words.
A household name for 30 years as the voice of the BBC’s Woman’s Hour, Dame Murray will be on stage at Jersey Opera House to talk about her new book, The History of Britain in 21 Women. Hers is one of the star events in this year’s festival line-up.
Other big names from the world of books taking part in the five-day event include scientist and philosopher Richard Dawkins, presenting his new essay collection Science in the Soul. He first catapulted to fame with his iconic work The Selfish Gene, which he followed with a string of bestselling books. The event is kindly sponsored by Café Scientifique.
Also in the Festival is mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold more than 20 million copies. He has devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into 46 languages and become bestsellers through the world. This event is kindly sponsored by Appleby.
Grazia agony aunt, Daisy Buchanan will be joining us to tell us How To Be A Grown Up, her comforting, witty, supportive handbook for twenty-something women who want to discover how they can reach the end of the ‘fun’ decade knowing exactly who they are. According to Marian Keyes, ‘every woman should read this book’.
The festival programme will also feature award-winning novelist John Boyne, whose The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas has sold six million copies worldwide. He will be talking about his new book, The Heart’s Invisible Furies, the story of Ireland over the last seventy years seen through the eyes of one ordinary man.
And Costa Award-winning Stef Penney will talk about her new book Under a Pole Star, a feminist novel about whaling, exploring and falling in love.
These headliners were announced at an evening at Jersey Heritage’s Occupation Tapestry Gallery, where Jersey born poet, Alice Allen, who won the Flambard Poetry Prize in 2014, read from her collection of poems about the Occupation. The event was attended by Festival partners, sponsors and supporters, where Festival chairman Jennifer Bridge said “We are looking forward to a festival that will entertain, educate and amuse in equal measures as we delve deeper in our exploration of the wonders of words in all their forms.”
In addition to a fuller list of nationally renowned authors, the Festival will once again feature a host of Jersey-based writers and celebrate the Island’s history and heritage. More announcements in the near future.