‘A History of Britain in 21 Women’ (with interviewer Cathy Rentzenbrink)
OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 30th SEPT / 18.00 – 19.15
Boadicea battled the Romans. Nancy Astor fought in Parliament. Emmeline Pankhurst campaigned for female suffrage. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson became a pioneering physician in a man’s profession. Mary Quant revolutionised the fashion industry. Britain has traditionally been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs.
It’s high time that it was defined by its women. In this unique history, Jenni Murray tells the stories of twenty-one women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens, forgotten visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians – all pushed back boundaries and revolutionised our world. In Murray’s hands their stories are enthralling and beguiling; they have the power to inspire us once again.
‘Ideal to press into the hands of young women studying politics and history’ – Independent
‘Celebrates the defiant spirit of Britain’s groundbreaking heroines…Entertaining’ – Daily Mail
About the Author
Dame Jenni Murray is a journalist and broadcaster who has presented BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour since 1987. She is the author of several books, including Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter. She lives in Barnet, North London, and the Peak District.
A Voice From the Past: the Chroniques de Jersey in translation
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 14.30 – 15.30
What was life in Jersey like in the 16th Century? The Chroniques de Jersey covering the period 1460-1585 is Jersey’s oldest known history book, full of true tales of corruption and intrigue, religious zeal and piracy, bravery and kindness. Few people today seem to be aware of this extraordinary book but perhaps this is not surprising since it was written in Middle French and has been out of print for over 100 years. Bronwyn has translated Chroniques de Jersey into English in a new parallel text edition due for publication later this year. In this session she will be relating some of those stories and talking about the challenges of translating the Chroniques for 21st century readers.
Bronwyn Matthews was born in New Zealand and studied French at the University of Otago. She worked for some years at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, most recently as the Special Collections librarian. A passion for history and archaeology led her to Jersey, where she has been the librarian at the Société Jersiaise since 2014.
Italy’s Other Island
ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.00 – 17.00
Hamish Marett-Crosby is a journalist, broadcaster and raconteur who has also enjoyed a long association with the hospitality industry.
His different areas of expertise come together in his book Italy’s Other Island: The Italian Community and the Making of Modern Jersey. It tells the colourful story of the men and women from Italy who made Jersey their home and played a central part in the success of its tourism as it became the No.1 industry between the 1950s and 1980s, that more relaxed era which also helped to define the Island’s international image. In the heyday of Jersey tourism, all the main hotels were staffed by Italians, many of whom went on to start their own businesses, treasuring their close bonds as well as their native food and wine…another interest shared with Hamish as a connoisseur and merchant. His affectionate history was launched at this year’s Viva Italia! festival in Jersey, a proud new venture by the children and grandchildren of these pasta pioneers.
OCCUPATION RECONCILIATION: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MICHAEL GINNS MBE
ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER / 14.30 – 15.30
One of the most distinguished guardians of Jersey’s Occupation history, Michael Ginns MBE, died earlier this year after a long and eventful life. That life is celebrated in Occupation Reconciliation, a biography by Juanita Shield-Laignel due for publication later this year on what would have been Michael’s 90th birthday.
As a teenager in 1942, Michael was among the hundreds of Islanders deported and interned in Germany on the orders of Adolf Hitler, whose forces occupied the Channel Islands from 1940 to 1945. His years in the Bad Wurzach camp had a profound effect, which later found expression through his work as a founder and president of the local branch of the Channel Islands Occupation Society. A leading figure in Jersey’s postwar reconciliation, Michael Ginns visited Bad Wurzach many times as a friend and was instrumental in its twinning with St Helier. In 2009, after ten years of research, he published his major work of historical record, Jersey Occupied.
Juanita Shield-Laignel is a Jersey-based writer and complementary therapist.
Tony Scott Warren + Geraint Jennings
ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SATURDAY 30th SEPT 10.45 – 11.45
‘Coronation Street Before Television’
With a rich spoken and written tradition, Jersey’s ancient native language, Jèrriais, is a fixture at the Jersey Festival of Words.
Two of its most passionate champions are linguists Geraint Jennings and Tony Scott Warren, who this year will be recalling the popular Jèrriais newspaper serials of the 19th and 20th centuries that were the soap operas of their day.
This dynamic duo have played a leading role in the preservation and revival of the Island’s Norman-French dialect through their work at the States Education Department’s Office du Jèrriais. Tony is a former RAF man and television announcer who became a language teaching co-ordinator 20 years ago and Geraint is a poet, artist and illustrator who has edited an anthology of Channel Islands literature in Norman-French, The Toad and the Donkey.
Strolling With Scribes
WALK / SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER / 13.00 – 15.00 (Meet in Royal Square)
As part of the 2017 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 28th SEPTEMBER / 11.00 – 12.00
JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 30th 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.
Discover Your Family’s History
THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / JERSEY LIBRARY / 10.00 – 12.00
Jersey Library’s librarians will show you how to discover your family’s history, using the broad range of resources in Jersey Library, from our newspaper archives and reference resources to the latest online databases such as Ancestry UK and the Forces War Records.