ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 11.45 – 13.15
‘Islands of Resistance’ (with Caroline Lea)
Simon Scarrow is a Sunday Times No 1 bestselling author and his books have been translated into many languages and sold all round the world. Hearts of Stone is a compulsive and powerful drama set in the Greek islands during the Second World War; a portrayal of an idyllic world torn apart by war and a moving tribute to resistance.
ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 15.45 – 16.45
‘Another Mother’s Son’
A Perrier-nominated stand-up and writer, Jenny Lecoat’s first feature film, Another Mother’s Son (set in Jersey during the Second World War) is in post-production for Bill Kenwright Ltd, starring Jenny Seagrove, Amanda Abbington, John Hannah and Ronan Keating. The film tells the true story of Louisa Gould, who took in an escaped Russian POW and hid him from the Nazis over the war’s course.
The Lives and Loves of Lillie Langtry
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 17.00 – 18.15
Tessa Coleman and Andrea Earl
The original radio series “Lillie” was written by Tessa Coleman in 1998 and broadcast by the BBC that year. Eigteen years later, award winning writer and director Andrea Earl found herself in Jersey and interested in writing a play about the Jersey Lily. During her researches she was given access to Tessa’s script and was so taken with the piece that she asked to re envisage, re record, edit and add a whole new time frame to the original story
The result is “The Life and Loves of Lillie Langtry” by Tessa Coleman with Andrea Earl. Directed by Andrea, and recorded on location over two years by JP Le Blond, the fifteen, fifteen minute episodes guest starred John Nettles as Bertie Prince of Wales (later Edward V11) with Tessa as Lillie and over twenty local actors depicting many of Lillie’s family, friends and lovers. From Jersey tomboy, to famous actress, socialite, acknowledged mistress of Edward V11, pre-Raphelite beauty, muse & inspiration to everyone from Oscar Wilde to John Everett Millais.
During this event some of the actors will be performing edited highlights (as a radio play) from the series. Afterwards there will be a Q&A with cast and crew where you can find out more about the series itself and/or the craft of writing for radio.
ARTS CENTRE (MARIA RITCHIE ROOM/ SAT 1st OCTOBER / 10.00 – 11.00
‘The Battle of Guillemont’
Born in 1966, Ian Ronayne was raised and educated in the island of Jersey. Now married with two children, he divides time between the demands of family, work, and an abiding passion for history.
Some years back, this interest moved on to the First World War and more specifically on Jersey’s participation in that terrible conflict. From a detailed research of this almost forgotten period emerged Ian’s first book, ‘Ours: The Jersey Pals in the First World War‘, as well as a number of articles and studies including one published in the renowned UK magazine ‘History Today’.
At this event Ian will be discussing ‘The Battle of Guillemont,’ which occurred in September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, and which saw the loss of life of many of the Jersey company of soldiers.
Chris Stone + Veterans
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SAT 1st OCTOBER / 18.45 – 20.15
BBC journalist and writer Chris Stone, is talking about his experience of co-writing three books by local WWII veterans. He will then talk to them about their experiences and their books. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the veterans Clive Kemp (Stinker’s Nine Lives, From Dunkirk to D-Day and Beyond), Bill Reynolds (Dangerous Driving, A Life Behind the Wheel) and Ken Trent (Bomb Doors Open, From East End boy to Lancaster Bomber Pilot). All will be available to sign copies of their books at the end of the talk.
ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 10.00 – 11.30
‘Crime Fiction and Publishing vs Self-Publishing’ (with Rachel Abbott)
Antonia Hodgson was born and grew up in Derby and studied English at the University of Leeds. Her debut novel, The Devil in the Marshalsea, set in the time of the early Georgians, won the CWA Historical Dagger in 2014 and was shortlisted for the John Creasey First Novel award. In the US, Publishers Weekly named it one of the top 10 Mystery/Thriller titles of the year. Her second novel The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins was published in 2015; her latest novel A Death at Fountains Abbey will be published in August 2015.
Join Antonia (who is the Executive Director of Little, Brown) as she discusses the various routes to becoming published with self-published bestselling author Rachel Abbott.
ARTS CENTRE/THURS 29th SEPT 16.00 – 17.00
Anne Sebba is a journalist and author who has worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and at the BBC World Service. She is the author of nine books, mostly biographies of women, including the bestselling biography of Wallis Simpson, That Woman, which was the basis of a Channel 4 documentary The Secret Letters, about Anne’s discovery of an unknown archive of documents. She makes regular appearances on Television and Radio and Les Parisiennes has already been optioned as a multi-series TV drama.
Les Parisiennes explores the aftershock of the Second World War and the choices demanded. How did the women who survived to see the Liberation of Paris come to terms with their actions and those of others? Although politics lies at its heart, Les Parisiennes is the first in-depth account of the everyday lives of women and young girls in this most feminine of cities.
In association with JEDFAS.
ARTS CENTRE/THURS SEPT 29 18.00 – 19.45
Guy Burgess was the most important, complex and fascinating of ‘The Cambridge Spies’ – Maclean, Philby, Blunt – all brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.
In this first full biography, Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess’s chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service. Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential Establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years.
Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Stalin’s Englishman brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colourful, tragi-comic wonder.
ARTS CENTRE/THURS 29th SEPT 18.00 – 19.45
‘The Last Man in Russia’
Journalist and writer Oliver Bullough is from Wales, but has spent most of his working life in and around the former Soviet Union. He is the author of two books about Chechnya and the Soviet dissident movement, Let Our Fame Be Great and The Last Man in Russia. He is currently working on a book about Ukraine and international corruption. Oliver has written for The Guardian, the New York Times and GQ, and is a frequent commentator on various media outlets.
ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 11.45 – 13.15
‘Islands of Resistance’ (with Simon Scarrow)
Caroline Lea was born and raised in Jersey. She gained a First in English Literature and Creative Writing from Warwick University and has had poetry published in The Phoenix Anthology and An Aston Anthology, which she also co-edited. When the Sky Fell Apart is her first novel. The novel begins with a burning man on the beach just after the bombs land, obliterating the last shred of hope that Hitler will avert his attention from the Channel Islands. Within weeks, 12,000 German troops land on the Jersey beaches, heralding a new era of occupation.
For ten-year-old Claudine, it means a re-education under German rule, and as she befriends one of the soldiers, she inadvertently opens the gateway to a more sinister influence in her home with devastating consequences.
The Bible for Grown-Ups
JERSEY LIBRARY STAGE / FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.00 – 18.00
The Bible for Grown-Ups is a look at how the Bible came to be written, as well as an examination of the context and purpose of the people who wrote it.
Simon Loveday, author, lecturer and former Chair of the Wells Festival of Literature will be discussing the background to his book and its relevance in the light of recent global events. The talk will then widen into a panel discussion featuring Martyn Shea (Vicar of St Mark’s), Ian Ronayne and Linda Romeril.
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.
Jerriais – it’s Electrifying!
with Tony Scott Warren and Geraint Jennings
ARTS CENTRE (MARIE RITCHIE ROOM)/ SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 13.00 – 14.00
Tony Scott-Warren and Geraint Jennings of the L’Office du Jerriais are passionate promoters of Jersey’s native tongue and run a schools programme in order to pass on this unique language to a new generation. Here they will discuss the history and development of Jerriais, and will prove that this is not the ‘language without literature’ of popular belief. Come along and share their enthusiasm for all things Jerriais.
ARTS CENRE MMR/SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER 11.30 – 12.30
‘Elinor Glyn – Jersey’s Hollywood Queen’
Paul Darroch writes “immersive history”, poised on the borderline of creative writing and historical narrative. His first book, Jersey: The Hidden Histories, was published by Seaflower Books in October 2015. Here he discusses his work on Elinor Glyn (1864-1943), the Jersey-born romantic novelist and scriptwriter whose work was considered scandalous at its time.