‘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.”
Michael Moorcock (via Skype)
JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 11.00 – 12.00
‘Q+A with Jeff Gardiner’
Michael John Moorcock (born 18 December 1939) is an English writer, primarily of science fiction and fantasy, who has also published literary novels . He is best known for his novels about the character Elric of Melniboné and was a seminal influence on the field of fantasy in the 1960s and 1970s.
As editor of the controversial British science fiction magazine New Worlds, from May 1964 until March 1971 and then again from 1976 to 1996, Moorcock fostered the development of the science fiction ‘New Wave’ in the UK and indirectly in the United States.
In 2008, The Times newspaper named Moorcock in its list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Join him via Skype at Jersey Library as he is interviewed by fantasy writer Jeff Gardiner.
JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER / 11.00 – 12.00
‘Talk / Q+A with Michael Moorcock’
Jeff Gardiner is a UK writer whose collection of short stories, A Glimpse of the Numinous, was published last year by Eibonvale Press. His contemporary novel, Myopia, explores bullying and prejudice, and is published by Crooked Cat Books. Many of his short stories have appeared in anthologies, journals and webzines. His latest novel Pica, published in February, explores explores ancient magic and our relationship with the natural world.
As well as running workshops for local school children, Jeff will be giving a talk on the books of acclaimed fantasy writer Michael Moorcock, before hosting a Q+A with the author via Skype at Jersey Library.
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).
JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 16.00
In this one-day workshop, participants will learn about the basic building blocks of making a book, finishing the day with a completed article. Perfect for writers and artists or anyone wanting to see there work in print, while the practical aspects will focus on binding the book. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss getting your content printed on paper in a way suitable for production.
Contact Jersey Library on 448700 to reserve a place.
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.
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.
Farrago Poetry Slam
JERSEY LIBRARY STAGE / THURSDAY 28th OCTOBER / 16.00 – 20.00
with JP O’Neill
John Paul O’Neill is a poet, writer, host and founder and director of Farrago Poetry, setting up the UK’s first poetry slam in 1994. He was the first UK poet to perform at The US Nationals and also guest hosted the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café Slam in New York. Extensive touring has taken in virtually every major poetry slam venue and event including The Green Mill in Chicago, Musical Theatre Roma in Warsaw, The Berlin International Literature Festival slam & Poetry International in Rotterdam.
He won the Best Performance Award at the Austin International Poetry Festival in 1995. As well as his performance work he has had poems and short stories published in small press and anthologies. He has run workshops for many festivals and organisations including The Jersey Festival of Words and Apples and Snakes.
Farrago Poetry’s events have an International reputation and have featured many major performance poetry, slam and spoken word stars and include the longest running poetry slam in Europe and the London and UK SLAM! Championships.