The Unmumsy Mum
OPERA HOUSE / SAT 1st OCTOBER / 20.30 – 22.00
Sarah Turner the author of The Unmumsy Mum (the No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller book of the same-named blog for which she has won Best Writer and Best Baby Blog). Sarah has over 300,000 Facebook fans, 29,000 Instagram followers and over 15,000 Twitter followers. A very funny and readable book for parents who are after a more honest and less rose-tinted view of parenthood. However, it does tackle serious questions about not loving every second of motherhood and how to cope with difficult parenting moments.
Interviewing Sarah will be Naomi Frisby, one of the UK’s most successful literary bloggers.
Event sponsored by Le Gallais Estate Agents.
‘Barry Loser’ (Recommended KS2/3)
OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 30th SEPT / 10.30 – 11.30
JERSEY LIBRARY / FRIDAY 30th SEPT / 13.00 – 14.00
Key Stage 2 and 3 students are invited to join Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Jim Smith, writer of the Barry Loser series, as he presents stories, belly laughs and burps. You’ll meet the star of his new series, Future Ratboy, Jim will teach you how to draw Barry and his mates and maybe even how to draw a poo!
“Off-the-wall silliness for fans of Mr Gum and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”
ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 10.00 – 11.00
‘Q+A with Simon MacDonald’
Probably asking more silly questions than providing sensible answers, join Simon at a ridiculously early time on a Sunday morning where he will consider, amongst other things, if Daleks do Book Club, whether cute animals are good for us, what great works of art are really saying and how a heavy metal version of Humpty Dumpty would sound.
DURRELL / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 12.00 – 12.45
POET, novelist, hip-hop MC, teacher, spoken word artist – Christian Foley’s CV is as eclectic and adventurous as his verse. Having had his first published work at the age of 12, the former Victoria College student has gone on to establish himself as one of the most versatile young artists on the contemporary poetry scene.
Still only 24, the London-based poet, who often performs under the stage name Muz, has been praised by the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah and MOBO-winning rapper Akala, while his prolific writing continues to evolve as he gradually moves away from the hip-hop influences which originally characterised his work.
Catch Christian as he brings his improvisational brilliance and inspiring rhymes to Durrell…not to be missed!
Event sponsored by Le Gallais Self Storage.
A F Harrold
‘Fizzlebert Stump / The Imaginary’ (Recommended KS2/3)
JERSEY LIBRARY / FRIDAY 30th SEPT / 09.30 – 10.30
OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 30th SEPT / 12.00 – 13.00
A.F. Harrold writes and performs for adults and children, in cabaret and in schools, in bars and in basements, in fields and indoors. He was Glastonbury Festival Website’s Poet-In-Residence in 2008, and Poet-In-Residence at Cheltenham Literature Festival in 2010. He won the Cheltenham All Stars Slam Championship in 2007 and has had his work on BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC7. He is active in schools’ work, running workshops and slams and has published several collections of poetry. His books include: The Song From Somewhere Else, The Fizzlebert Stump series, The Boy Who Did PE in his Pants, The Girl Who Lifted Quite Heavy Things and The Imaginary (longlisted for the Carnegie Medal).
ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 14.00 – 15.00
‘Read Y’Self Fitter’
Read Y’Self Fitter is an entertaining ten-step programme devised by Andy Miller to cure oneself of bad reading habits. With the aid of just a flip chart, Andy will guide the audience through the Ten Rules of Reading Dangerously. What makes a great book? Should one finish difficult books or books one doesn’t like? Why do we lie about the books we have – or haven’t – read? Is it better to spend time at the gym or the library? Come along and find out!
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO/SAT 1st OCTOBER 14.00 -15.00
‘How To Get Ahead in Television’ (with Rebecca Boxall)
Sophie Cousens has worked in television for over twelve years, working her way up from Runner to Series Producer. She has produced, among other things, The Graham Norton Show, Big Brother, Ant and Dec, Russell Howard’s Good News and most recently Murder in Successville for BBC3. Sophie recently won the LoveAtFirstWrite competition, run in partnership with Corvus and LoveReading with her debut novel How to Get Ahead in Television.
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.
DURRELL / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 13.00 – 13.30
Join John Henry Falle aka The Story Beast, who was shortlisted for the Best Comedy Newcomer and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015, as he performs some his ‘wild and inventive’ stories at Durrell.
Event sponsored by Le Gallais Self Storage.