Jersey Festival of Words programmes have hit the streets with just two weeks to go until the five-day event. At the same time, the Festival is seeing its best-ever ticket sales, with some events already sold out, for the varied series of book-based events that celebrate subjects as diverse as great women in British history, healthy eating, the development of scientific thought, Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary and the heyday of the Jersey tourism industry.
The full festival programme is available from Jersey Library, Jersey Opera House, Jersey Arts Centre, Waterstones, and other venues including most Island coffee shops. Details of the Festival, now firmly established as a highlight of the Island’s cultural calendar, can also be viewed at www.jerseyfestivalofwords.org.
Now in its third year, Jersey Festival of Words starts on the evening of Wednesday 27 September with an affectionate tribute from the Island-based writers of Plays Rough to the late cabaret star Bob Anthony and his iconic 1975 album Jersey… Ile d’Amour.
This quirky take on Island life will set the tone for a unique festival. The five days will combine Jersey heritage and home-grown writing talent with a top-class programme for schools. It also includes visits from BBC stars like Clare Balding and Greg James, and the new Children’s Laureate Lauren Child. There will also be a series of talks and discussions featuring talented writers such as:
- Richard Dawkins, renowned as one of the world’s most brilliant scientific communicators – this event is SOLD OUT.
- Dame Jenni Murray, veteran star of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
- Alexander McCall Smith, raconteur and best-selling author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
- Ella Mills, creator of the Deliciously Ella cookery blog and books.
- John Boyne, author of the multi-million selling The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
- Dave Randall, ex-Faithless guitarist on the power of pop lyrics.
- Stef Penney, best-selling author of Under a Pole Star.
- Daisy Buchanan, a new kind of agony aunt for a new generation.
- Dean Burnett, explaining what your brain is really up to.
- Cathy Rentzenbrink, on her new Manual for Heartache ….and many more.
Jennifer Bridge, Chairman of the Festival, said, ‘Each year the Festival gathers momentum and it’s exciting to see tickets selling so well at this stage. It’s wonderful to have so many household names headlining, not least Dame Jenni Murray and Professor Richard Dawkins. We aim to grow in breadth and depth so we are also very pleased to have made links with local charities and will be donating some of the ticket sales to Autism Jersey, Eyecan, Mind Jersey and JCCT.’
Jersey Festival of Words 2017 events will be staged at the Jersey Opera House, Jersey Arts Centre, Jersey Library, Maritime Museum, Bean Around The World, Chordz Coffee Shop, St James Wine Bar and Jersey Hospice.