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’.
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 10.00 / £8
Daughter of renowned poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Frieda Hughes will be sharing some of her experiences and observations in a reading from her recently published selected poems Out of the Ashes, which comprises the main body of work from her collections Wooroloo, Stonepicker, Waxworks and The Book of Mirrors. She will also be reading from her illustrated collection, Alternative Values, which includes poems on love, death, life and some very personal insights into her childhood.
Born in London in 1960, Frieda Hughes is a painter and poet. She has also written children’s books, articles for magazines and newspapers, and was the Times Poetry columnist from 2006-2008. She has judged numerous poetry competitions, as chair judge for the Forward Prizes for Poetry and for the National Poetry Competition among others. Her poems have appeared in many leading publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The London Magazine, The Times, The Spectator, Tatler, Thumbscrew, and Agenda.
Frieda Hughes’s fable-like poems draw on her early years in Devon and Yorkshire, a lifelong engagement with nature and itinerant wildlife, and later experiences when living in Australia, London, and most recently Wales.
‘She is a courageous poet with a rich palette and the ability to create some startling and memorable images.’ Maura Dooley & Jamie McKendrick, PBS Bulletin
‘Her book is about aloneness, about cathartic confrontation and rebirth… The position of the confessional voice in this poetry is quite deceptive – the “I” can be both public and personal. Such poems outflank the obvious. This is poetry come out of siege.’ John Kinsella, Observer
As a painter, Frieda regularly exhibits in London. In November 2018 she exhibited the first 100 abstract images of a 400 image project in which, as a means of informing her art through her experiences, Frieda illustrated 400 consecutive days of her life with 400 oil on canvas paintings as a means of making something positive out of the most difficult days, to include a family death and personal illness. Great joy and happiness also feature…
She resides in Wales with owls and motorbikes.
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 / £12
Join Owen O’Neill for 90 minutes of Red Noise – a hybrid of stand-up comedy, theatrical monologue and poetry, blended to perfection.
Owen O’Neill has toured the world with his one-man shows accumulating a string of awards including three Fringe Firsts at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Edinburgh Critics Award for best comedy, The Angel Award for best one-man show, The Time Out Comedy Award, Best Actor at the 2010 1st Irish Theatre Festival in New York City and Best Short Film award at the Boston Film Festival 2008.
True stories from his life include: being struck by lightning at nine years old and being told he had the cure for cancer; being interrogated by an IRA man with a stammer (the longest two hours of his life); how his feature film debut with Liam Neeson went horribly wrong; and being brought up in a family of sixteen siblings and having to queue for breakfast.
‘He is a proliﬁc writer and tireless performer of his own work – dramatically accomplished, emotionally charged and very funny. He’s got a darker side too, but what underscores all his work is a deeply poetic spirit which shines through.’ The Spectator *****
‘O’Neill is a master storyteller, to call what he does stand-up does not do him justice. This is genuine comedy from the gut.’ The New York Times *****
‘O’Neill will take you on a rollercoaster ride, strap in.’ The Scotsman *****
LINDA ROSE PARKES
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 18.00 / £5
Linda Rose Parkes will read from her latest collection, This Close, and other new poems. She will be joined by poets Sandra Noel, Nicky Mesch, Linda Lock, Juliette Hart and Sharon Champion performing some of their own work, with music from Mike Freeman on saxophone, and vocals and guitar from Martin Greene. Intense and daring, never solemn, come and be immersed in a polyphony of voices.
‘We are lucky these poems are tethered to the page by ink because they want to run, float, fly from the paper into a Chagall sky, voluptuous with possibility. Linda Rose Parkes writes as she paints – with generosity, wonder and luminous colour.’ Helen Ivory
Linda Rose Parkes spent nineteen years in Germany, after studying literature and completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She worked in adult education, had her two children and collaborated with songwriters and musicians, forming a singer-songwriter-poetry band called Menagerie, performing at festivals, bars and cafés. Some of her poems have been set to music and she continues to collaborate with songwriter-musicians. Missing the sea, she returned to her native Jersey. She is also a painter and was the winner of the 2018 Fox Open Art Competition. This Close is her fourth collection.
LA POÈT’TIE OPEN MIC / SOCIÈTÈ JERSIAISE MEMBERS’ ROOM / FRIDAY 27th SEPTEMBER / 19.00 – 21.00 / FREE
Join Juliette Hart of La Poèt’tie and Ben Spink of L’Office du Jèrriais for a special session of Jersey’s own monthly poetry open mic collective.
All are invited to read, perform and appreciate any and every style of poetry. We are a very friendly and welcoming group which celebrates the spoken word.
There is just one rule: for those bringing their own poem it should include at least one word of Jèrriais, s’i’ t’pliaît!
Snacks will be provided but please bring your own drinks.
SHE IS FIERCE: BRAVE, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL POEMS BY WOMEN
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER / 13.30 / £8
She is Fierce is a powerful collection of 150 poems that celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage. Join editor Ana Sampson as she talks about the anthology and hear a selection of the poems.
The collection contains an inclusive array of voices, from modern and innovative poets such as Maya Angelou and Carol Ann Duffy to classic beloved poets from previous centuries including Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti and Charlotte Bronte. Each poem is accompanied by a short biography of each poet.
With poems on friendship, resistance, protest, body image, mental health, nature, joy, love, and from suffragettes to school girls, from spoken word superstars to civil rights activists, from aristocratic ladies to kitchen maids, these are voices that deserve to be heard.
Ana Sampson studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield and gained a BA and MA. She has worked in publicity in publishing for over fifteen years, both in-house for Random House, Kyle Books, Michael O’Mara Books and Quercus and on a freelance basis. Ana has contributed articles to publications including Writers’ Market UK and The Book Lover’s Companion. She has appeared on national and regional radio talking about books, poetry and teenage diaries. Ana has six published anthologies including Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright: Much Loved Poems You Half Remember and Green and Pleasant Land: Best Loved Poems of the British Countryside.
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE STUDIO/ SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER / 13.30
Join American poet Traci O’Dea for a Poetry Lunch at the Jersey Opera House. The audience is invited to listen to Traci’s poems while dining on dishes inspired by them. One poem, ‘File Between Leaves & Reams’, which mentions such diverse fare as spinach, peanuts and oysters, won third prize in last year’s inaugural Jersey Festival of Words Poetry Competition.
Traci O’Dea is an American writer living in Jersey. Her work has been published in international poetry magazines, on posters in Washington DC, in the anthology Where I See the Sun: Contemporary Poems of the Virgin Islands, and in the Jersey Evening Post.