OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 30th SEPT / 15.30 – 16.30
Erren Michaels’ first book Jersey Legends is a collection of 11 short stories based on the folklore of Jersey. It includes the best-known fairy tales of the island, as well as myths and monsters which have been almost lost to time.
The show will include a mixture of readings and conversation, as well as video shorts and footage of the locations in which the stories are set.
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 (MRR) / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 10.30 – 11.30
‘Rides of Passage’
In 1994, father and son Arthur and Matt Lamy cycled 1000 kilometres coast to coast across France, from the Channel to the Mediterranean. In 2015 they decided to do it again. Rides of Passage is their story; two men, two cycles rides and 21 years of experience in between.
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SAT 1st OCTOBER / 15.30 – 16.30
Local poet Nicky Mesch published her extended series of poems set in a fairytale, A Cold Woman, in 2012. Ice Bound, a continuation of the narrative, has recently been published by Knives Forks and Spoons. Here Nicky will talk about her work and read a selection of her poems from the book.
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.
Jersey Evening Post Writing Competition
ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 2nd OCTOBER / 17.30 – 18.30
Join the winners of the second Rathbones’ Jersey Evening Post writing competition as they receive their prizes, before hearing their pieces brought to life by readers Sophie le Brun, Louise Doublet, Richard Pedley and Andy Davey. The event – the final of the festival – will conclude with a closing speech from festival chairman Jennifer Bridge.
OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 17.45 – 19.15
‘The Voice of a Thriller’ (with Louise Doughty + J S Law)
John Samuel’s dark, wry and provocative morality tale What I Tell You in the Dark was published by Duckworth Press in 2015. In it, a nameless angel has been out of God’s favour since things went wrong with his last mission 2,000 years ago, when he unwittingly started the Christian Church. Of late he has been watching a business executive named Will, who has been trying in vain to expose his company’s shady dealings to the press.
In a moment of weakness and bravado, the angel decides to take over Will and finish the job. But his divine superiors are less than impressed and he soon finds himself facing the literal wrath of God…
Join John as he teams up with fellow thriller writers Louise Doughty and JS Law for a discussion on the genre.
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO/SATURDAY OCT 1st 14.00 – 15.00
‘Christmas at the Vicarage’ (with Sophie Cousens)
Rebecca Boxall was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up in a bustling Vicarage always filled with family, friends and parishioners. She now lives by the sea in Jersey with her husband and two children. She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer’s Bureau. ‘Christmas at the Vicarage’ is her first novel.
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.
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.
GREEN ROOSTER / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 21.00 – 23.00
Join Jersey-based singer-songwriter David Keenan as he performs and hosts an evening of local musical and lyrical talent upstairs at the Green Rooster. The perfect way to round off a busy festival day!
Writing, Publishing and Promoting Online
JERSEY LIBRARY / FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 16.00
with Julie Collins
Kelly Clayton is the pen-name of local author Julie Collins, whose debut crime fiction novel Blood in the Sand was published in 2015. Julie will be running an informative presentation on writing, publishing and that all-important marketing and promotional work.
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.
Claire Boscq Scott
OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 17.15 – 18.15
‘Thrive With the Hive’
Claire has over 25 years ‘experience in the hospitality and tourism industry and is fully committed to high standards, customer care, service delivery and service excellence. Originally from France, Claire has worked all over the world, including the EPCOT Centre in Orlando, Florida, the UK, France and Jersey.
She set up her own business in 2009 and, today, is the only Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Isle of Wight provider of unique and tailored services specialising in customer experience, customer service support, mystery shopping and customer insight. Claire was awarded by The Institute of Director, Jersey Branch, Director of the year in 2014, for Small Business. And was also finalist in the Small and Medium sized Enterprise of the year, at the Award for Enterprise 2014.
In Thrive With the Hive Claire describes her very own view of the delivery of Customer Excellence. She has created 10 simple steps to follow on how to look after your internal and external customers, delighting them and creating exceptional customer experience and ultimately creating a real service culture within your organisation.
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.
Jèrriais – The Shock of the New
CCA GALLERIES INTERNATIONAL / SAT 1st OCTOBER / 10.00 – 13.00
CCA Galleries International are hosting an exhibition within the program of this year’s Jersey Literary Festival. The exhibition, ‘Jèrriais – The Shock of the New’ leaves no doubt of the fascinating role of Jèrriais in current modern language. Philip Regan’s typographic print series ‘Endangered Species’ will be on sale alongside film and prints by Rachel Scott.
On Wednesday 5 October, 1.00 -2.00, artist, poet and linguist Geraint Jennings will be reading recent poems and discussing how he attempts to make the sounds of Jèrriais work in the abstract for the ears of an audience which is mostly non-Jèrriais speaking. Entry to the reading is free, although reserving a seat is advisable email@example.com t: 01534 739900.
The exhibition runs Saturday 1 October (10.00 -1.00) – Friday 7 October (10.00-5.00).
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.
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.