The Blonde Plotters
Gwyn Garfield-Bennett / Kelly Clayton / Deborah Carr
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 30th SEPT / 13.30 – 14.30
Make way for the Blonde Plotters! Join local authors Gwyn Garfield-Bennett, Kelly Clayton and Deborah Carr as they discuss their craft, their inspirations and how the three came to meet. All three live on Jersey and are independently published authors writing a mix of genres including romance, general fiction and crime thrillers.
Deborah Carr’s novel A Jersey Kiss (written under the pseudonym of Georgina Troy) was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016. Deborah has since gone on to write several more books in The Jersey Scene series.
Journalist Gwyn Garfield-Bennett’s new novel Lonely Hearts has just been published (under the name Gwyn GB); her debut novel Islands was published in 2016.
Kelly Clayton is the author of The Jack le Claire Mystery series (Blood in the Sand, Blood Ties); her third book will be published in November 2017.
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.00
‘On Writing Pioneering Female Protagonists’ with Stef Penney and Jane Menczer
Set against the stark, timeless beauty of northern Greenland, and fin-de-siecle New York and London, Costa-winning author Steph Penney’s novel Under a Pole Star is a compelling look at the dark side of the ‘golden age’ of exploration, a study of the corrosive power of ambition, and an epic, incendiary love story following whaler’s daughter Flora Mackie as she sets out to become a scientist and explorer.
Set in 1905 Jane Menczer’s novel An Unlikely Agent follows Margaret Trant, who begins the story living with her ailing mother in a dreary boarding house in St John’s Wood. Following a chance interview she finds herself working for a highly secret branch of the intelligence service, Bureau 8, whose mission is to track down and neutralise a ruthless band of anarchists known as The Scorpions.
Joining Stef Penney and Jane Menczer as they discuss writing pioneering female protagonists will be returning festival chair and local writer Gwyn Garfield-Bennett.
A Life Less Ordinary
‘On Communication Without the Common Senses’ panel event featuring Jem Lester, Penny Joelson and Vanessa Potter
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 18.00
Jem Lester’s darkly funny and emotive debut novel Schtum is based on his own experiences, with narrator Ben Jewell struggling to survive as a single father to profoundly autistic ten-year-old Jonah. In Penny Joelson’s Young Adult novel I Have No Secrets fourteen-year-old Jemma discovers the identity of a cruel murderer, yet is powerless to do anything (or is she?) due to her severe cerebral palsy which renders her seemingly unable to communicate. And in her debut book, Patient H69, film producer and mother of two Vanessa Potter reveals the torment and terror of being struck blind by Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder, and her subsequent lengthy recovery.
Join these three authors for a fascinating panel discussion on their work, with a focus on the various challenges faced when attempting to communicate without the common senses. Returning to the festival to chair the discussion will be radio presenter Sara Palmer.
A portion of all ticket proceeds for this event will be donated to Autism Jersey, Scope Jersey & Eyecan Jersey Blind Society.
Self-curating and Fake News
ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 15.00
Miranda Doyle, Felicia Yapp and Peter Mourant
Miranda Doyle’s A Book of Untruths is a family story told through a series of lies. Each short chapter features one of these lies and each lie builds to form a picture of a life— Miranda Doyle’s life as she struggles to understand her complicated family and her own place within it. This is a book about love, family and marriage. It is about the fallibility of human beings and the terrible things we do to one another. It is about the ways we get at—or avoid—the truth. And it is about storytelling itself: how we build a sense of ourselves and our place in the world. A Book of Untruths is a surprising, shocking and invigorating book that edges towards the truth through an engagement with falsehood. It brings questions to its readers; not answers.
Felicia Yap’s novel Yesterday is set to be the most talked-about thriller of 2017. A beautifully written psychological drama which taps into our innermost fears concerning identity, memory and love. Just how do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday?
Joining Miranda Doyle and Felica Yapp will be veteran local photographer Peter Mourant, who has just celebrated 40 years as photographer for the Jersey Evening Post. Together they will be discussing the role truth in all its forms, including the art of self curation, the stories pictures tell, the role of echo chambers in modern discourse and the impact of fake news.
The discussion will be chaired by renowned literary blogger and returning festival chair Naomi Frisby.