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.
OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 17.45 – 19.15
‘Black Water / The Voice of a Thriller’ (with JS Law and John Samuel)
Louise Doughty is the author of eight novels, including Apple Tree Yard, which has been published or is being translated into nineteen languages. Her first novel, Crazy Paving (1995), was shortlisted for four awards including the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her sixth novel, Whatever You Love (2010) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Louise has also won awards for radio drama and short stories, along with publishing one work of non-fiction, A Novel in a Year, based on her hugely popular newspaper column. She is a critic and cultural commentator for UK and international newspapers and broadcasts regularly for the BBC. She was a judge for the Man Booker Prize in 2008 and has chaired many judging panels for prizes for new writers including the Orange Award for New Writers, the Fiction Uncovered promotion, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. Her latest novel Black Water was published earlier this year.
Join Louise as she teams up with fellow thriller writers JS LAw and John Samuel for a discussion of the genre.
ARTS CENTRE/THURS SEPTEMBER 29th 20.30 – 22.00
‘Cartes Postales from Greece’
Inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. Her affection for the Mediterranean then took her to Spain, and in the number one bestseller The Return she wrote about the painful secrets of its civil war. In The Thread, Victoria returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki and its people across the 20th century. Shortlisted for a British Book Award, it confirmed her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. It was followed by her much-admired Greece-set collection, The Last Dance and Other Stories. Her fourth novel, The Sunrise, was published to widespread acclaim, and was a Sunday Times number one bestseller.
Louis de Bernières
ARTS CENTRE/SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER 20.00 -22.00
‘An Evening With…’
Louis de Bernières, who lives in Norfolk, published his first novel in 1990 and was selected by Granta magazine as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993. Since then he has become well known internationally as a writer, with Captain Corelli’s Mandolin winning the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Novel in 1994.
His sixth novel, the acclaimed Birds Without Wings, came out in 2004., A Partisan’s Daughter (2008) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and Notwithstanding: Stories from an English Village was published in Autumn 2009, followed by de Bernieres’ first collection of poetry, Imagining Alexandria: Poems in Memory of Constantinos Cavafis, in 2013; it is also available in audio, read by the author.
Publication of his major new novel, The Dust That Falls From Dreams, was in July 2015, and his new collection of poems, OF LOVE AND DESIRE, is out in February 2016.
Join Louis de Bernières for a discussion on his life and works with Jersey’s Cultural Minister Murray Norton.
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.
ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 11.45 – 13.15
‘Islands of Resistance’ (with Caroline Lea)
Simon Scarrow is a Sunday Times No 1 bestselling author and his books have been translated into many languages and sold all round the world. Hearts of Stone is a compulsive and powerful drama set in the Greek islands during the Second World War; a portrayal of an idyllic world torn apart by war and a moving tribute to resistance.
‘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.”
OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 30th SEPT / 15.30 – 16.30
Erren Michaels’ first book Jersey Legends is a collection of 11 short stories based on the folklore of Jersey. It includes the best-known fairy tales of the island, as well as myths and monsters which have been almost lost to time.
The show will include a mixture of readings and conversation, as well as video shorts and footage of the locations in which the stories are set.
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.
Michael Moorcock (via Skype)
JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 11.00 – 12.00
‘Q+A with Jeff Gardiner’
Michael John Moorcock (born 18 December 1939) is an English writer, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published literary novels . He is best known for his novels about the character Elric of Melniboné and was a seminal influence on the field of fantasy in the 1960s and 1970s.
As editor of the controversial British science fiction magazine New Worlds, from May 1964 until March 1971 and then again from 1976 to 1996, Moorcock fostered the development of the science fiction ‘New Wave’ in the UK and indirectly in the United States.
In 2008, The Times newspaper named Moorcock in its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Join him via Skype at Jersey Library as he is interviewed by fantasy writer Jeff Gardiner.
JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 11.00 – 12.00
‘Talk / Q+A with Michael Moorcock’
Jeff Gardiner is a UK writer whose collection of short stories, A Glimpse of the Numinous, was published last year by Eibonvale Press. His contemporary novel, Myopia, explores bullying and prejudice, and is published by Crooked Cat Books. Many of his short stories have appeared in anthologies, journals and webzines. His latest novel Pica, published in February, explores explores ancient magic and our relationship with the natural world.
As well as running workshops for local school children, Jeff will be giving a talk on the books of acclaimed fantasy writer Michael Moorcock, before hosting a Q+A with the author via Skype at Jersey Library.
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.
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.
DURRELL / SUN 2nd OCTOBER / 14.00 – 15.00
Zoologist and Cbeebies presenter Jess French is passionate about giving children from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn about amazing minibeasts. She is well-known for her Cbeebies series Minibeast Adventures with Jess. She has also worked on BBC’s Springwatch, Deadly Mission Madagascar, Live and Deadly and Sir David Attenborough’s Micromonsters 3D. Jess has a first class degree in Zoology and is currently completing a degree in veterinary medicine. Whilst studying, Jess founded a student led workshop program where children could learn about local and global environmental issues. The program now runs in schools, universities and zoos all over the UK.
Event sponsored by Le Gallais Self-Storage.
ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 10.00 – 11.30
‘Crime Fiction and Publishing vs Self-Publishing’ (with Rachel Abbott)
Antonia Hodgson was born and grew up in Derby and studied English at the University of Leeds. Her debut novel, The Devil in the Marshalsea, set in the time of the early Georgians, won the CWA Historical Dagger in 2014 and was shortlisted for the John Creasey First Novel award. In the US, Publishers Weekly named it one of the top 10 Mystery/Thriller titles of the year. Her second novel The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins was published in 2015; her latest novel A Death at Fountains Abbey will be published in August 2015.
Join Antonia (who is the Executive Director of Little, Brown) as she discusses the various routes to becoming published with self-published bestselling author Rachel Abbott.
Jersey Evening Post Writing Competition
ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 17.30 – 18.30
Join the winners of the second Rathbones’ Jersey Evening Post writing competition as they receive their prizes, before hearing their pieces brought to life by readers Sophie le Brun, Louise Doublet, Richard Pedley and Andy Davey. The event – the final of the festival – will conclude with a closing speech from festival chairman Jennifer Bridge.
J S Law
OPERA HOUSE/SAT 1st OCTOBER 17.45 – 19.15
‘The Voice of a Thriller’ (with Louise Doughty and John Samuel)
James joined the Royal Navy in 1993 as an apprentice and went on to serve for twenty years, the majority spent in the Submarine Service. He rose through the ranks, taking a commission as an engineering officer in 2001, and serving as a Senior Engineer and Nuclear Reactor Plant Supervisor, where his responsibilities ranged from the safety and operation of the submarine’s nuclear power plant to hydraulic plants, fridges and toilets.
His final years in service were spent training future submariners in the role of Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Reactor Engineering, where he lectured and mentored future submarine operators of all ranks and rates.
Having written short stories and novels throughout his naval career, James completed an MA in Creative Writing at Portsmouth University shortly before leaving the navy in 2013, completing his debut novel, Tenacity, shortly afterwards.
Here James teams up with fellow thriller writers Louise Doughty and John Samuel for a discussion of the genre.
ARTS CENTRE/SAT 1st OCTOBER 17.00 – 18.00
…with Jo Bell
After making a living for 13 years as a science journalist, writing for publications such as WIRED and NewScientist, Tania began writing fiction full time, and is now based in Bristol, UK.
Her first collection, The White Road and Other Stories (Salt, 2008), was commended by the judges of the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers, and contains flash fiction and short stories inspired by science. Her second story collection, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions, was published in May 2012 by Tangent Books and contains fifty six very short fictions. Her first book of poetry, Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything Is Open, won 2nd prize in the Fool For Poetry chapbook contest and was published by Southword Editions in Feb 2016.
Tania was writer-in-residence in the Science Faculty at Bristol University from 2009-2012, and received an Arts Council England grant to work on a short story collection inspired by a year spent in a biochemistry lab. She is also the founder of The Short Review, an online journal dedicated to reviewing short story collections and anthologies and showcasing short story authors.
OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 17.45 – 19.15
‘The Voice of a Thriller’ (with Louise Doughty + J S Law)
John Samuel’s dark, wry and provocative morality tale What I Tell You in the Dark was published by Duckworth Press in 2015. In it, a nameless angel has been out of God’s favour since things went wrong with his last mission 2,000 years ago, when he unwittingly started the Christian Church. Of late he has been watching a business executive named Will, who has been trying in vain to expose his company’s shady dealings to the press.
In a moment of weakness and bravado, the angel decides to take over Will and finish the job. But his divine superiors are less than impressed and he soon finds himself facing the literal wrath of God…
Join John as he teams up with fellow thriller writers Louise Doughty and JS Law for a discussion on the genre.
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO/SATURDAY OCT 1st 14.00 – 15.00
‘Christmas at the Vicarage’ (with Sophie Cousens)
Rebecca Boxall was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up in a bustling Vicarage always filled with family, friends and parishioners. She now lives by the sea in Jersey with her husband and two children. She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer’s Bureau. ‘Christmas at the Vicarage’ is her first novel.
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO/SAT 1st OCTOBER 14.00 -15.00
‘How To Get Ahead in Television’ (with Rebecca Boxall)
Sophie Cousens has worked in television for over twelve years, working her way up from Runner to Series Producer. She has produced, among other things, The Graham Norton Show, Big Brother, Ant and Dec, Russell Howard’s Good News and most recently Murder in Successville for BBC3. Sophie recently won the LoveAtFirstWrite competition, run in partnership with Corvus and LoveReading with her debut novel How to Get Ahead in Television.
ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 11.45 – 13.15
‘Islands of Resistance’ (with Simon Scarrow)
Caroline Lea was born and raised in Jersey. She gained a First in English Literature and Creative Writing from Warwick University and has had poetry published in The Phoenix Anthology and An Aston Anthology, which she also co-edited. When the Sky Fell Apart is her first novel. The novel begins with a burning man on the beach just after the bombs land, obliterating the last shred of hope that Hitler will avert his attention from the Channel Islands. Within weeks, 12,000 German troops land on the Jersey beaches, heralding a new era of occupation.
For ten-year-old Claudine, it means a re-education under German rule, and as she befriends one of the soldiers, she inadvertently opens the gateway to a more sinister influence in her home with devastating consequences.
Writing, Publishing and Promoting Online
JERSEY LIBRARY / FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 16.00
with Julie Collins
Kelly Clayton is the pen-name of local author Julie Collins, whose debut crime fiction novel Blood in the Sand was published in 2015. Julie will be running an informative presentation on writing, publishing and that all-important marketing and promotional work.