‘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.
FESTIVAL OPENING EVENT: KIT ASHTON AND GUESTS
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 19.30
Jersey Festival of Words opening events have earned a reputation for being vibrant and creative with a distinctly local flavour. This year is no exception and we’re excited to invite you to The Jersey Song Project.
‘Let drumbeats rise, let dragons roar!
Sing out, set sail – let Jèrriais soar!’
The Jersey Song Project is a ground-breaking collaboration between Jersey Festival of Words and musician Kit Ashton which aims to use the power of song to help keep Jersey’s own language Jèrriais alive. Jersey musicians and Jèrriais speakers will come together to create and perform new songs.
Kit Ashton’s Jèrriais band Badlabecques was founded in collaboration with L’Office du Jèrriais and their music is a fusion of upbeat pop and folk influences from around the world. They have done much to raise the profile of the Island’s language through concerts and recordings.
Kit has an MA in Music and a range of experience working as a musician and touring with the likes of soul-diva Carleen Anderson and Mercury-award nominated Thomas White (Electric Soft Parade, Brakes). He is undertaking doctoral research to look at how music can help to preserve endangered languages. The concert will form part of his research and will be filmed for YouTube.
Come and be part of this unique contemporary revitalisation of Jersey’s rich and historic culture.
HITLER’S BRITISH ISLES
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 13.00
True-life recollections from the Channel Islanders who were the only British subjects to live under Nazi rule in WWII.
Duncan Barrett spent three months in the Channel Islands researching Hitler’s British Isles, which tells the story of life under Nazi occupation and is based on interviews with over one hundred Islanders.
The people of Guernsey, Jersey and Sark got to know the enemy as those on the mainland never could, watching in horror as their towns and villages were suddenly draped in Swastika flags, their cinemas began showing Nazi propaganda films, and Wehrmacht soldiers goose-stepped down their highstreets.
Those who resisted the regime, such as the brave men and women who set up underground newspapers or sheltered slave labourers, encountered the full force of Nazi brutality. But in the main, the Channel Islands occupation was a ‘model’ one, a prototype for how the Fuhrer planned to run mainland Britain. As a result, the stories of the islanders are not all misery and terror. Many, in fact are rather funny – tales of plucky individuals trying to get by in almost impossible circumstances, and keeping their spirits up however they could.
‘An absolutely fascinating account of life under German rule in the Channel Islands during the war. As a Guernsey girl I grew up with these stories and recognise family and friends in these pages. Duncan Barrett has done a brilliant job of reflecting the peculiar challenges that existed for those living under occupation.’ Sarah Montague, The Today Programme presenter.
Duncan Barrett studied English at Cambridge University and now works as a writer and editor, specialising in biography and memoir. He is also the author of The Sugar Girls, GI Brides, and The Girls Who Went To War.
Duncan Barrett will also present a memoir-writing workshop at Jersey Arts Centre 11.00 – 13.00 Sunday 30 September.
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.
L’OFFICE DU JÈRRIAIS
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MARIA RITCHIE ROOM / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 15.00
J’allons à la chasse à l’ourse – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in Jèrriais.
To celebrate the launch of a Jèrriais translation of Michael Rosen’s classic children’s picture book, the new Jèrriais teaching team would like to invite families to come and listen to the story and take part in Bear Hunt themed activities. What’s more, every family attending will receive a free copy of the book to take home and read aloud.
J’allons en attraper eune hardi grande! We’re going to catch a big one! Join us as we swish through ‘hèrbe’, squelch through ‘pité’ and trip through the ‘bouaîs’sie’ on a quest to catch the ‘ourse’.
The event will be an opportunity for children and their parents to hear Jersey’s native tongue, get used to how it sounds and perhaps even try to speak a little Jèrriais themselves along the way! J’n’avons pon peux! We’re not scared!
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).
JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER / 15.00 – 16.00 / FREE
Heather Morton is the author of a new book, scheduled for publication later this year, that tells the story of German soldiers and sailors imprisoned in Jersey. We are familiar with German rule during the Occupation, but this part of Jersey’s role in the First World War is less well known. There are other stories too, of prisoners, escapes, military funerals and living on the sand dunes – behind barbed wire. Even earlier Neolithic families squeeze into the picture.
WHITE STAR, BLUE ICEBERG: JERSEY SEA STORIES
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE MARIA RITCHIE ROOM/ SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 14.30
The story of Jersey is shaped by its encircling sea. Paul Darroch, author of Jersey: The Hidden Histories, will be bringing our compelling maritime history to life in an exclusive reading from his forthcoming book.
He tells of the turbulent waters that swept away the doomed manor of La Brecquette, and drowned the flower of English royalty in the White Ship. He also recounts the astonishing story of Miss Louisa Journeaux, whose Sunday night rowing escapade in St Helier’s harbour ended far across the ocean in Canada.
Jersey mariners occupied a ring-side seat at some of the defining events of maritime history; captaining the Cutty Sark, commanding the clash of arms at Jutland; and entering the bridge of RMS Titanic at the fatal moment of impact with the blue iceberg on April 14, 1912.
This is the story of an Island forged by the seas, set at the crossroads of maritime history, and told through the stories of the Jersey seafarers who made it.
Strolling With Scribes
WALK / SUNDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 14.30 – 15.00 (Meet in Royal Square)
As part of the 2018 Jersey Festival of Words Tom Bunting and his daughter Caro will be giving a literary guided walk around the streets of St Helier. Hear about the local writers that have made an impression on the world at large and the literary giants that have visited the Island. We’ll end up with a quiet drink reading some letters from a rather unexpected visitor.
JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER / 11.00 – 12.00
JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER / 11.00 – 12.00
View the historical collection at the Jersey Library which includes donations from the Reverend Philip Falle, founder of Jersey’s Public Library, and Dr Daniel Dumaresq. These books are rarely viewed and some date back to the 1400s. Many are beautifully bound, colour hand-finished and edged in gold leaf.