The following events will be taking place on Thurs 29th and Fri 30th of September and are free for all local school children to attend. To reserve seats please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTS CENTRE / THURS 29th SEPT / 11.00 – 12.00 AND 14.00 – 15.00
‘The Sign of One’ (Recommended KS3/4)
This YA novel is tipped to be the next big thing for fans of The Hunger Games and Patrick Ness. Set on Wrath, a dump world for human outcasts, identical twins are feared. Only one will grow up human, while the other becomes a condemned monster with ‘twisted’ blood.
Eugene Lambert is a graduate of Bath Spa’s MA in Writing for Young People. The Sign of One was shortlisted for the Bath Novel Award and is his first novel. He is qualified glider pilot and also an identical twin. He lives and works in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
‘Barry Loser’ (Recommended KS2/3)
OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 30th SEPT / 10.30 – 11.30
JERSEY LIBRARY / FRIDAY 30th SEPT / 13.00 – 14.00
Key Stage 2 and 3 students are invited to join Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Jim Smith, writer of the Barry Loser series, as he presents stories, belly laughs and burps. You’ll meet the star of his new series, Future Ratboy, Jim will teach you how to draw Barry and his mates and maybe even how to draw a poo!
“Off-the-wall silliness for fans of Mr Gum and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”
ARTS CENTRE/THURS 29th SEPT / 9.30 – 10.30 AND 12.30 – 13.30
‘Concentr8’ (Recommended KS3/4)
In a future London, Concentr8 is a prescription drug intended to help kids with ADD. Soon every troubled teen is on it…
William Sutcliffe was born in London in 1971. He has written several novels including the international bestseller Are You Experienced? His first YA novel, The Wall, was shortlisted for Guardian Fiction Prize and the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2014. William’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages.
A F Harrold
‘Fizzlebert Stump / The Imaginary’ (Recommended KS2/3)
JERSEY LIBRARY / FRIDAY 30th SEPT / 09.30 – 10.30
OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 30th SEPT / 12.00 – 13.00
A.F. Harrold writes and performs for adults and children, in cabaret and in schools, in bars and in basements, in fields and indoors. He was Glastonbury Festival Website’s Poet-In-Residence in 2008, and Poet-In-Residence at Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2010. He won the Cheltenham All Stars Slam Championship in 2007 and has had his work on BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC7. He is active in schools’ work, running workshops and slams and has published several collections of poetry. His books include: The Song From Somewhere Else, The Fizzlebert Stump series, The Boy Who Did PE in his Pants, The Girl Who Lifted Quite Heavy Things and The Imaginary (longlisted for the Carnegie Medal).
OPERA HOUSE/ FRIDAY 30th SEPT / 09.00 – 10.00 AND 13.30 – 14.30
‘Young Samurai / Bodyguard’ (Recommended KS2/3)
Renowned YA author Chris Bradford has written 18 fiction books to date, been published in more than 20 languages and nominated for over 30 book awards, including winner of the Northern Ireland Book Awards 2011 and the Brilliant Book Award 2014. Chris says ‘I write the type of books I’d want to read – books filled with relentless action, believable characters and a plot that twists and turns through the pages!’ Here he discusses his Young Samurai series, in which a young boy is shipwrecked in Japan where he learns the art of the Samurai and embarks on a thrilling adventure. All delivered by Chris (a trained samurai) in full samurai attire!
In his second presentation at the Festival of Words, YA author Chris Bradford discusses his Bodyguard series, about a 14 year old bodyguard summoned to protect the President’s daughter. Expect some ‘tips of the trade’ – Chris is a fully trained bodyguard himself.
OTHER CHILDREN’S EVENTS
The events below will take place at varying times across the festival weekend and are subject to normal ticket booking / pricing.
OPERA HOUSE / SAT 1st OCTOBER / 12.00 – 13.00
‘An Eagle in the Snow’
The award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo was born in 1943 in St Albans, Hertfordshire. He is the author of many books for children, including The Wreck of the Zanzibar, which won the Whitbread Children’s Book Award (1995); The Butterfly Lion, which won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Gold Award, 1996); Kensuke’s Kingdom, which won the Children’s Book Award (2000) and Private Peaceful, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book Award (2004) and the Carnegie Medal (2004).
Five of his books have been made into films and My Friend Walter (1988) and Out of the Ashes (2001) were both adapted for television.
In 2003 Michael Morpurgo became the third Children’s Laureate, a scheme he helped to establish with the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes to reward a lifetime contribution to children’s literature and highlight the importance of the role of children’s books.
Morpurgo’s novel War Horse was ‘discovered’ by National Theatre associate director Tom Morris during Michael Morpurgo’s laureateship, and went on to be one of the great theatre success stories of the past decade. A movie adaptation of War Horse was released in 2011, directed by Stephen Spielberg.
His new novel, An Eagle in the Snow, about a man who could have stopped World War Two, was published in 2015.
Michael Morpurgo at Durrell sponsored by Le Gallais Self Storage.
ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 10.00 – 11.00
‘Q+A with Simon MacDonald’
Probably asking more silly questions than providing sensible answers, join Simon at a ridiculously early time on a Sunday morning where he will consider, amongst other things, if Daleks do Book Club, whether cute animals are good for us, what great works of art are really saying and how a heavy metal version of Humpty Dumpty would sound.
DURRELL / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 12.00 – 12.45
POET, novelist, hip-hop MC, teacher, spoken word artist – Christian Foley’s CV is as eclectic and adventurous as his verse. Having had his first published work at the age of 12, the former Victoria College student has gone on to establish himself as one of the most versatile young artists on the contemporary poetry scene.
Still only 24, the London-based poet, who often performs under the stage name Muz, has been praised by the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah and MOBO-winning rapper Akala, while his prolific writing continues to evolve as he gradually moves away from the hip-hop influences which originally characterised his work.
Catch Christian as he brings his improvisational brilliance and inspiring rhymes to Durrell…not to be missed!
Event sponsored by Le Gallais Self Storage.
OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 10.00 – 11.00
‘Sir Charlie Stinky Socks’
Kristina Stephenson 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 Sir Charlie Stinky Socks.
Join Kristina (and her giant on-stage book!) as she creates a story with the audience at what promises to be a wonderful event for all the family.
DURRELL / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 13.00 – 13.30
Join John Henry Falle aka The Story Beast, who was shortlisted for the Best Comedy Newcomer and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015, as he performs some his ‘wild and inventive’ stories at Durrell.
Event sponsored by Le Gallais Self Storage.