DISCOVER YOUR FAMILY HISTORY / JERSEY LIBRARY / OPEN LEARNING CENTRE / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 12.00
Jersey Library’s staff will show you how to discover your family’s history, using the broad range of resources in the Library, from newspaper archives & reference resources to the latest online databases such as Ancestry UK and Forces War Records.
FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION / H IS FOR HARRY / JERSEY LIBRARY / REFERENCE LIBRARY / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 – 20.00
Organised by Every Child Our Future.
H is for Harry is a coming of age story about Harry, a charismatic 11-year old boy, who arrives at secondary school in suburban London unable to read or write. With the help of his extremely dedicated teacher, can Harry overcome the illiteracy ingrained across generations of his family? The screening will be followed by a short panel session to address the issues raised by the film.
IT STARTED WITH A MYSTERY BY AGATHA CHRISTIE…ULVERSCROFT LARGE PRINT BOOKS / MEETING ROOM 1 / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 15.00
Learn more about the history of large print and audio books with Lorraine Whitehall and Mark Merrill from the Ulverscroft Group. Hear how they bid for books against various publishing houses, their long term relationships with famous authors and see original artwork for their book covers.
THE ALAN WHICKER ARCHIVE BY CATHERINE KIRBY, ARCHIVIST / REFERENCE LIBRARY / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 – 19.00
An archive is so much more than piles of paper. Stories from the three-year journey through Alan Whicker’s boxes of letters, telegrams, passports, newspaper cuttings, research notes, diaries, photographs and jigsaw puzzles. The talk is also a reminder of the ways we used to communicate before the invention of the internet
SECRETS OF THE SEA / PAUL DARROCH / JERSEY LIBRARY / MAIN STAGE / WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 – 19.00
The story of Jersey is shaped by the sea. The treacherous Channel waters drowned the King of England’s son in the White Ship and plunged his realm into chaos. Jersey legends tell of the waves that swept away the doomed manor of La Brecquette and sprung the fearsome trap of the Golden Chair.
Yet the ocean’s call of adventure inspired the mariners of Jersey to traverse the world. It tempted Sir Walter Raleigh, Jersey’s fallen Governor, into his fatal quest for El Dorado, and drove local boy Tom Davis to build a fortune in Africa. The same pioneering spirit led Lilian Grandin, Jersey’s first female doctor, to set sail for China, where she would sacrifice her life.
Jersey: Secrets of the Sea is their story, imagined in their own words. Step onto the bridge of RMS Titanic with her Jersey quartermaster just as the deadly iceberg looms into view, while Islander Lucy Duff-Gordon slumbers in her first-class suite below. Discover the story of her sister Elinor Glyn, who found fame at the peak of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Stand with the Jersey Company volunteers as they leave St Helier for the Great War; and watch the lone boatman in 1941 slipping away from the shadow of the German Occupation. Jersey: Secrets of the Sea is the panoramic story of an Island forged by the seas, set at the crossroads of maritime history, and told through the voices of the Jersey seafarers who made it.
DIY BOOK PRODUCTION WITH PATRICK CAHILL / JERSEY LIBRARY / MEETING ROOM 2 / THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 17.00 + FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 17.00
Supported by the Société Jersiaise.
This short workshop focuses on the principles of paper-based book production and exploring the structural components of a book, their limitations, and pre-press considerations, before introducing some basic binding techniques through practical tasks. Tools, equipment and materials will be provided.
HEROINES, HISTORIES AND HANDMADE BOOKS / JERSEY LIBRARY / MAIN STAGE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 16.30 – 17.30 / FREE
An entertaining and illuminating event presented by a mother and daughter duo, poet Mary Thomson and actress Cathy Sara. Through readings and conversation they will explore themes linked to books and poetry and their individual and shared stories, including the artistry of acting and the creation of single poem ‘books’.
EDWARD BLAMPIED / JERSEY LIBRARY / CHILDREN’S LIBRARY / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 15.00 / FREE
Local artist Edward Blampied introduces The Motor Mice, his new series of beautifully-illustrated children’s books, and share a story or two with children. No booking required, just turn up!
MARTIN TOFT ON MÃORI CULTURE / JERSEY LIBRARY / MEETING ROOM / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 13.00 – 14.00
In Te Ahi Kā – The Fires of Occupation photographer Martin Toft explores the deep physical and metaphysical relationships between an ancestral river and its indigenous people in New Zealand. He will discuss the making of his critically acclaimed book spanning 20 years, including research in 19th century archives and his own spiritual kinships with a Maori tribe.
CREATING A CHILDREN’S BOOK: PANEL DISCUSSION WITH PENNY BYRNE / JERSEY LIBRARY / REFERENCE LIBRARY / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 15.00
The pleasures and pitfalls of putting together and publishing a children’s book; a panel discussion of local writers and illustrators hosted by author Penny Byrne (Seymour’s Seaside Picnic).
KATE THOMPSON / SECRETS OF THE HOMEFRONT GIRLS / JERSEY LIBRARY / MAIN STAGE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.30 – 19.30
Award-winning journalist, ghostwriter and Sunday Times bestselling novelist Kate Thompson discusses her latest book Secrets of the Homefront Girls – the story of the courageous women of World War Two, working in the Yardley Cosmetics factory in London’s East End.
Secrets of the Homefront Girls will be her Kate’s tenth book and is inspired by Kate’s thorough research and conversations with the inspiring, working-class women who worked at Yardley Cosmetics during the Second World War.
Interviewing Kate will be local journalist and author Gwyn Garfield-Bennett.
SIENNA THE SURFER: AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATOR / JERSEY LIBRARY / CHILDREN’S LIBRARY / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 11.00 – 12.00
A special interactive session for Primary school children with authors Angela McKinlay and Kate Munrow, and illustrator Kaydia Torrell. Sienna the Surfer is an exciting adventure story set on our beautiful island of Jersey, celebrating the multitude of interests of young girls today. No booking required.
CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH ADELE DARK / JERSEY LIBRARY / MEETING ROOM 2 / FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 13.00 + SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 10.00 – 13.00
Explore Roman Capitals and lettering during this workshop and design a panel to include your name and other words reflecting your loves and life. We will be using square edged nibs and other writing tools. Inks and paper will be provided..
Adele Dark, Artist and Calligrapher, is a fully qualified teacher with experience teaching at all levels. Adele has worked with museums, art centres and schools both in Jersey and the UK running Art Workshops for adults and children over the past 20 years. A member of the Society of Scribes and a Printmaking graduate Adele has a passion for typography and print. Her creative work can be seen on her website adeledark.squarespace.com, Facebook page and Instagram.