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.
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.
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…
‘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.
‘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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
SOCIÉTÉ JERSIAISE MEMBERS’ ROOM / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 / FREE ENTRY
100 years ago, Jèrriais literature lost two of its biggest names: Philippe Le Sueur Mourant and E.J. Luce. In August 1918, Mourant – creator of Bram Bilo and Piteur Pain – passed away, and a few weeks later E.J. Luce – poet, playwright and great promoter of Jèrriais writing – was struck down by the flu pandemic.
To commemorate the centenary of their deaths, and celebrate the continuing liveliness and influence of their writing, a collection of stories by the two writers is being published with parallel English translations – most of these texts have never been republished since their first appearance in print.
La Société Jersiaise will host an afternoon of readings from the new book Bram & Elie with an introduction to other works by the two authors in the context of a celebration of Jèrriais culture.
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).
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).
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.
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.
Jersey Evening Post Writing Competition
ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER / 16.30
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.