JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 20.00 / £15
From Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller and acclaimed comedian Jenny Eclair comes her heart-breaking new novel
Telling the story of three generations and one Cornish mansion, Inheritance combines an incredible poignancy and unforgettable characters with Jenny Eclair’s trademark wit and observational humour, serving as the perfect follow-up for fans of Jenny’s Richard & Judy bestseller Moving.
We are all what our families make us. Beginnings, middles and ends; Peggy, Serena, Natasha and Bel. This is the room that binds them, this is how consequences work…
In deepest Cornwall, the mansion Kittiwake has seen many pass through its doors since it was bought by American heiress Peggy Carmichael seventy years ago. Over the decades, the keys have been handed down through the family, and now it belongs to Bel’s adoptive brother, Lance. It’s where he’ll be celebrating his 50th birthday, and Bel is invited.
But in going back to Kittiwake, Bel will be returning to the place where it all began where, following the death of a child, a sequence of events was set in motion years ago, the consequences of which are still rippling down through the generations…
‘Witty, moving, dark and absorbing … it occupied my mind constantly‘ Jo Brand on Moving
‘A tender and bittersweet story, examining love, bereavement and memory … heart-breaking but life-affirming’ Sunday Mirror on Moving
Jenny Eclair is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of four critically acclaimed novels: Camberwell Beauty; Having a Lovely Time; Life, Death and Vanilla Slices and Moving. One of the UK’s most popular and successful comedians of her generation, she helped develop and regularly appeared in the show Grumpy Old Women and a variety of successful spin-offs, and was the first woman to win Edinburgh’s prestigious Perrier Award.
Interviewing Jenny will be The Writes of Women blogger, Naomi Frisby.
SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR
VICTORIA COLLEGE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 15.00 / £TBC
SPONSORED BY SALTGATE IN ASSOCIATION WITH VICTORIA COLLEGE
Sometimes you need to risk everything… To find your something.
With the warmth of David Nicholls and the charm and humour of Nick Hornby, this brilliant debut novel by Richard Roper, Something to Live For, explores one man’s attempts to let go of the past and start his life afresh.
Andrew works with death for a living. Searching for people’s next of kin and attending the funerals if they don’t have anyone, he’s desperate to avoid the same fate for himself. Which is fine, because he has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people. The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and the little white lie he once told in the past is about to catch up with him. Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.
Richard Roper was inspired by an article he read about the council workers who deal with situations when someone dies alone. Their days are spent sifting through the ephemera of those who’ve slipped through the cracks, searching for clues to next of kin. Council workers are under no obligation to attend the funerals. Yet they do, sometimes dozens of them a year, just to make sure at least someone is there.
‘Funny, moving and uplifting…I loved it’ Libby Page, bestselling author of The Lido
‘A perfect, quirky summer page-turner. A life-affirming debut’ The Times
Richard Roper will be joined by Nick Duerden, author of A Life Less Lonely, at this panel event on loneliness.
THE BLONDE PLOTTERS
MYVLF – VIRTUAL LITERARY FESTIVAL
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MRR / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 12.30 / £5
The Blonde Plotters will be talking about MYVLF, how it benefits readers and authors, and their next virtual event coming in November.
The Blonde Plotters are three local authors, Gwyn GB, Kelly Clayton and Deborah Carr. In April they revealed a project they had spent eighteen months developing: MYVLF.com is the first global virtual literary festival venue – connecting readers and authors. In June, they held their inaugural event hosting author speakers including Peter James, Tess Gerritsen, C L Taylor and Barbara Erskine.
KATE THOMPSON / SECRETS OF THE HOMEFRONT GIRLS / JERSEY LIBRARY / MAIN STAGE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.30 – 19.30
Award-winning journalist, ghostwriter and Sunday Times bestselling novelist Kate Thompson discusses her latest book Secrets of the Homefront Girls – the story of the courageous women of World War Two, working in the Yardley Cosmetics factory in London’s East End.
Secrets of the Homefront Girls will be her Kate’s tenth book and is inspired by Kate’s thorough research and conversations with the inspiring, working-class women who worked at Yardley Cosmetics during the Second World War.
Interviewing Kate will be local journalist and author Gwyn Garfield-Bennett.
TAKING THE FIFTH
PLAYS ROUGH / 16 NEW STREET / WEDNESDAY 25th SEPTEMBER / 19.00-20.00 and 20.00-21.00 / both £10
The Georgian House will be cuddling three short plays from Plays Rough; there is no ghost in the kitchen as a modern day archeological architect finds out to his cost, an 18th century reflection on the scurrilous French on the first floor, and an explosive marriage taking off on the top level as man walks on the moon…
BARBARA KENDALL DAVIES
TRUTH WILL FIND A WAY
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MRR / SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 14.30 / £5
Set in Mayfair, London, Truth Will Find a Way features a group of friends whose private lives are as unconventional as those of the Bloomsbury Set. The group’s lynchpin, Lady Monica Montford, runs the Gayton Art Gallery, a central meeting place for the friends when they visit the capital. The interweaving of their personal relationships is as complex as a game of chess; will they all remain on good terms?
Barbara Kendall-Davies is the author of the seminal, two-volume biography The Years of Fame and The Years of Grace of the French singer, composer and teacher Pauline Viardot Garcia, as well as a family history, The Food of Love, set at the beginning of the Second World War, and an esoteric exploration of life after death, Life Is Everlasting.
Barbara Kendall-Davies was a professional opera and concert singer from 1965 until 2012 and she also appeared on TV and radio during her long career, and since 2004 has been a regular speaker and interviewee on BBC Radio Jersey.
THE SINGLE MUMS’ MANSION
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 / £8
When the husband moves out, move the best friends in…
‘What is family? Is it a thing you are born into or a cosy patchwork blanket woven from people who have come in from the cold at a time when you need them the most?’
Amanda Wilkie unexpectedly finds herself alone with her three children in a rambling Victorian house in London. Her husband leaves them, claiming he’s just ‘lost the love’, like one might carelessly lose a glove.
A few months later, Amanda’s heavily pregnant friend Ali crashes into her kitchen announcing her husband is also leaving. So, after Ali’s baby Grace is born, they both move into Amanda’s attic. And when Jacqui, a long-lost friend and fellow single mum, starts dropping by daily, the household is complete.
Getting divorced is no walk in the park, but the three friends refuse to be defined by it. And, as they slowly emerge out of the wreckage like a trio of sequin-clad Gloria Gaynors singing ‘I Will Survive’, they realise that anything is possible. Even loving again…
‘Based on the author’s real experience, it’s fresh, touching and very funny’ Sunday People & Sunday Mirror
Janet Hoggarth has worked on a chicken farm, as a bookseller, children’s book editor and DJ with her best friend (under the name of Whitney and Britney). She has published several children’s books, the most recent ones written under the pseudonym of Jess Bright. Her first adult novel, The Single Mums’ Mansion is based on her experiences of living communally as a single parent.
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MRR / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 10.30
Join local author Deborah Carr, who will be talking about her route to publication and how she organises her time writing for different publishers.
Deborah Carr writes historical fiction for HarperCollins’ romance imprint, HarperImpulse. She was commissioned to write The Poppy Field to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War and is now working on a series. She also writes psychological thrillers for Hera Books as Ella Drummond and contemporary romance series for Green Shutter Books as Georgina Troy.
WRITING SHORT STORIES
Join us for a journey in creative writing and publishing. Dreena Collins will share her experiences, tips and lessons learnt, as well as read extracts from her work, in this interactive session.
Dreena Collins is a local author who has been listed in numerous writing competitions, including the Mslexia short story prize. Dreena has been published in periodicals and magazines, as well as the Eyelands 2018 story anthology. In 2019, she self-published two short story collections: The Blue Hour and The Day I Nearly Drowned.
DOCTOR WHO: THE SECRET IN VAULT 13
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 16.00 / £8
SPONSORED BY FAIRWAY GROUP
Jump into the TARDIS and head on an intergalactic journey with best-selling author, David Solomons, who has written a laugh-out-loud Doctor Who adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her companions. Can you win the (re)generation game or save the world by identifying a predator from a pot plant? Learn about creating new worlds and new stories in this interactive, high energy and hilarious event.
As a life-long fan of Doctor Who, David Solomons has weaved together an action-packed plot with fantastic and unforgettable characters in The Secret in Vault 13. The Doctor and her companions Yaz, Graham and Ryan are just working out where to go on holiday when Graham’s potted begonia unexpectedly sends out a distress signal… Hidden in a vault, far across the galaxy, is a secret. It’s a race against time for the Doctor and her friends to find the key to the vault and work out exactly what it contains – but a deadly headteacher, some terrifying robots and a rather aggressive pot plant are determined to stop them at all costs.
David Solomons is the best-selling author of the My Brother is a Superhero books, the first of which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 and the British Book Industry Awards Children’s Book of the Year 2016. David also won the 2018 Laugh Out Loud Awards (Lollies) with the second book in this series, My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord. In addition to his acclaimed children’s fiction, David Solomons has been writing screenplays for many years – his first feature film was an adaptation of Five Children and It, starring Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Izzard. He was born in Glasgow and now lives in Dorset with his wife, the novelist Natasha Solomons, their son Luke and their daughter, Lara.
SIENNA THE SURFER: AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATOR / JERSEY LIBRARY / CHILDREN’S LIBRARY / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 11.00 – 12.00
A special interactive session for Primary school children with authors Angela McKinlay and Kate Munrow, and illustrator Kaydia Torrell. Sienna the Surfer is an exciting adventure story set on our beautiful island of Jersey, celebrating the multitude of interests of young girls today. No booking required.