Poetry and Place
LA HOUGUE BIE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 11.30 – 16.30
Jo Bell is a professional poet whose campaigns, national and global projects have earned her a reputation as an advocate for poetry. Erstwhile director of National Poetry Day, first Canal Laureate for the UK and deviser of the award-winning 52 ‘write a poem a week’ project, her work is warm, humane and vivid.
Poets and archaeologists work with the underlying meanings of place. Jo Bell has been both. Renowned for her lively and incisive workshops, join Jo for a unique writing session at La Hougue Bie. Attending writers will generate new work about this resonant site, and about places which have meaning in their own lives – from first kiss to last rites.
One of the ten oldest buildings in the world, built long before the Egyptian pyramids and aligned with the equinox, La Hougue Bie has dominated Jersey’s landscape for 6,000 years. The impressive mound is topped by a medieval chapel set above one of Europe’s finest passage graves.
JERSEY MUSEUM / SUNDAY 25th SEPTEMBER / 15.00 – 16.00
Free for Jersey Heritage members otherwise normal admission prices apply
Jersey Museum is staging a special reading of object labels written by local authors in a unique collaboration between Jersey Heritage and the Festival of Words. Author and performer Erren Michaels will be joined by storyteller extraordinaire Paul Journeaux to bring to life an amazing collection of museum objects using just the power of words!
Museums are repositories of stories and memories as well as objects. During the Festival of Words, Jersey Heritage is inviting you to share your thoughts, feelings and stories by writing a label for any of the objects on display.
GOREY CASTLE / WED 28th SEPTEMBER / 19.00 – 21.30
This year marks the 400th anniversary since the death of England’s greatest writer, yet that may still not be long enough for Shakespeare to forgive Plays Rough for this misguided night of new theatre at Gorey Castle.
Based loosely around the theme of, erm, “Shakespeare”, Jersey’s own playwrights have responded to this theme with an exciting and varied set of short plays and poetry. Liberties will be taken. Names will be called. Esteemed bones may turn in their grave.
Whilst plays developed in the regular Plays Rough evenings at the Opera House have since gone on to festivals and the West End of London, this night at the Castle will be only the second time that Plays Rough itself has “gone on tour”. Writers boarding the minibus to Gorey include Martha MacDonald, Andrew Davey, and Ben Evans (amongst others).
If you’re up for an exciting couple of hours of brand-new (yet vaguely-Shakespearean) theatre in the fantastic surroundings of Mont Orgueil, get yourself a ticket now. Hell, get thyself two.
The evening will be approximately two hours and will take place in a number of different spaces in the castle.
Not suitable for children. Please be aware that this event will require audience members to move around the castle site.