Alexander McCall Smith
‘THE LIFE AND WORKS OF ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH’
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 20.00 – 21.30
Sponsored by Appleby
Join one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors Alexander McCall Smith as he talks about his life and work, at an event kindly sponsored by Appleby.
McCall Smith worked as a professor of medical law before turning his hand to writing. Publication of his The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series turned him into a household name and allowed him to devote his time to writing. The series has sold more than 20 million copies in English alone, and his books have been translated into 46 languages and have topped bestseller lists around the globe. He is also author of the popular 44 Scotland Street novels, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the von Igfeld series and other standalone novels and works of non-fiction.
The sheer volume of his work – four or five new books a year – makes McCall Smith stand out, as does the dry humour and gentle humanity the books contain. His latest works include Precious and Grace, the 17th book in The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series; A Distant View of Everything, eleventh in the Isabel Dalhousie series; and The Sands of Shark Island, the second book in the School Ship Tobermory series for younger readers.
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SCIENCE IN THE SOUL
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29th / 20.00 – 21.30
The legendary biologist, provocateur, and bestselling author mounts a timely and passionate defence of science and clear thinking with this career-spanning collection of essays, lectures and letters.
For decades, Richard Dawkins has been the world’s most brilliant scientific communicator, consistently illuminating the wonders of nature and attacking faulty logic. Science in the Soul brings together forty-two essays, polemics, and paeans—all written with Dawkins’s characteristic erudition, remorseless wit, and unjaded awe of the natural world.
Though it spans three decades, this book couldn’t be more timely or more urgent. In a passionate introduction, Dawkins calls on us to insist that reason take centre stage and that gut feelings, even when they don’t represent the stirred dark waters of xenophobia, misogyny, or other blind prejudice, should stay out of the voting booth. And in the essays themselves, newly annotated by the author, he investigates a number of issues, including the importance of empirical evidence, and decries bad science, religion in schools, and climate-change deniers.
Dawkins has equal ardour for ‘the sacred truth of nature’ and renders here with typical virtuosity the glories and complexities of the natural world. Woven into an exploration of the vastness of geological time, for instance, is the peculiar history of the giant tortoises and the sea turtles—whose journeys between water and land tell us a deeper story about evolution. At this moment, Dawkins asks what Darwin would make of his own legacy—‘a mixture of exhilaration and exasperation’—and celebrates science as possessing many of religion’s virtues—‘explanation, consolation, and uplift’ —without its detriments of superstition and prejudice.
In a world grown irrational and hostile to facts, Science in the Soul is an essential collection by an indispensable author.
RICHARD DAWKINS first catapulted to fame with his iconic work The Selfish Gene (1976) which he followed with a string of prestigious books including The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor’s Tale, The God Delusion, and two volumes of autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder (2013) and Brief Candle in the Dark (2015). He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature and the recipient of numerous honours and awards. He remains a fellow of New College, Oxford. In 2013, Dawkins was voted the world’s top thinker in Prospect magazine’s poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries.
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY SEPT 30th / 10.00 – 11.00
JERSEY LIBRARY / TIME TBC / CHARLIE AND LOLA STORY TIME WITH HEATHER BURTON + BOOK SIGNING
Newly-appointed Children’s Laureate Lauren Child is a multi-award-winning, bestselling writer and artist. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola.
Her first two books were published in 1999 – I Want a Pet and Clarice Bean, That’s Me, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2000 for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the first of her Charlie and Lola picture books. Lauren published her first Clarice Bean novel in 2002 – Utterly Me, Clarice Bean. The Clarice Bean series has sold over 6 million copies worldwide.
In October 2005, the BBC launched a 78-part animated series of Charlie and Lola. The series has won four BAFTAS and is aired in more than 34 countries.
In 2008 Lauren launched UNESCO’s ‘My Life is a Story’ Campaign for UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need, and was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2008.
In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature.
Lauren is an international ambassador for the excellence of UK illustration: she’s been at the forefront of innovation for 15 years and has raised the profile of illustration as a sophisticated art form for all ages. She works with mixed media, pioneered text as an integral part of illustration and collaborates with artists across different fields. She is a trustee of the recently-formed House of Illustration.
Lauren is also a passionate advocate for visual literacy and the importance of quality picture books for children.
The latest Charlie and Lola book, One Thing, published in paperback Autumn 2016 focuses on the joy of numeracy and its importance in art and music. A new Charlie and Lola picture book will be published in October 2017.
Ruby Redfort #6 Blink and You Die , the final book in the series is published in October 2016.
During this event – suitable for 7+ – Lauren will be reading from her new picture book The Dog With Nice Ears and discussing the creative processes behind her work.
‘A History of Britain in 21 Women’ (with interviewer Cathy Rentzenbrink)
OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 30th SEPT / 18.00 – 19.15
Boadicea battled the Romans. Nancy Astor fought in Parliament. Emmeline Pankhurst campaigned for female suffrage. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson became a pioneering physician in a man’s profession. Mary Quant revolutionised the fashion industry. Britain has traditionally been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs.
It’s high time that it was defined by its women. In this unique history, Jenni Murray tells the stories of twenty-one women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens, forgotten visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians – all pushed back boundaries and revolutionised our world. In Murray’s hands their stories are enthralling and beguiling; they have the power to inspire us once again.
‘Ideal to press into the hands of young women studying politics and history’ – Independent
‘Celebrates the defiant spirit of Britain’s groundbreaking heroines…Entertaining’ – Daily Mail
About the Author
Dame Jenni Murray is a journalist and broadcaster who has presented BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour since 1987. She is the author of several books, including Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter. She lives in Barnet, North London, and the Peak District.
‘The Racehorse Who Disappeared’
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 29th SEPT / 12.00 – 14.00 / (RECOMMENDED KS2)
Sponsored by Santander International
‘Deliciously Ella with Friends’
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 28th SEPT / 20.00
Ella Mills is the creator of must-read food blog, www.deliciouslyella.com, which has taken the cookery world by storm since its launch in 2013. Her first book, Deliciously Ella was published in 2015, becoming the UK’s biggest selling debut cookbook selling over 300,000 copies since publication; it was followed by the bestselling Deliciously Ella Every Day which has sold 145,000 copies since publication early 2015.
Ella launched the Mae Deli in Marylebone, London with her husband Matthew at the end of 2015, and a second site in central London in 2016. She also launched a new line of products in association with Neal’s Yard Remedies as well as her own Deliciously Ella energy balls in 2016. Ella discovered her passion for plant-based recipes after being diagnosed with a rare illness called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS). She couldn’t walk down the street, slept for 16 hours a day and was in chronic pain most of the time. Conventional medicine failed to help her, so she decided to completely overhaul her diet and overnight the self-confessed ‘sugarmonster’ gave up meat, gluten, dairy, sugar and all processed food. The results were incredible. Though initially far from confident in the kitchen, Ella started blogging about her new approach to food and posting recipes, and quickly amassed a huge online following.
In her new book Deliciously Ella With Friends, Ella makes it easy for you to prepare delicious healthy food for you, your friends and family, whatever the occasion. No more wondering whether certain dishes go together, Ella makes life simple with her menus – whether you are planning a laid-back brunch, a last-minute lunch or a fancy supper, Ella has it covered with wonderful hearty and filling recipes that celebrate her eating philosophy. With ideas and inspiration for every foodie opportunity – including cosy nights in, easy kitchen suppers, flavoursome feasts, birthday parties, picnics and mocktails and cocktails, this is the go-to book for anyone who lives a healthy lifestyle and loves sharing food with friends and family.
Interviewing Ella at this event will be Festival Vice Chairman Paul Bisson.
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 20.30 – 22.00
‘How to Be a Grown Up’ (with interviewer Cathy Rentzenbrink)
Have you ever felt lost, anxious, panicky about adulthood?
Have you ever spent a hungover Sunday crying into a bowl of cereal?
Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and felt nothing but green-eyed jealousy and evil thoughts?
Daisy Buchanan is an award-winning journalist, Grazia agony aunt and real-life big sister to five smart, stylish, stunning twentysomethings. In How to Be a Grown Up, she dispenses all the emotional and practical advice you need to negotiate a difficult decade. Covering everything from how to become more successful and confident at work, how to feel pride in yourself without needing validation from others, how to turn rivals into mentors, and how to *really* enjoy spending time on your own, this is a warm, kind, funny voice in the dark saying ‘Honestly don’t worry, you’re doing your best and you’re amazing!’
Daisy Buchanan is a journalist, author and broadcaster – and once every few months, (when her hair is behaving and she’s able to think about getting a pension one day without weeping or screaming), a grown up. Daisy spent most of her twenties feeling entirely un-grown up, and wondering whether she’d ever be able to live somewhere that didn’t come with mice, mould or a pirate radio station which broadcasted from the car park at weekends, or fall in love with someone who told her their last name and didn’t think Nando’s was the last word in fine dining, or just learn to look at her bank balance with both eyes open.
It took a while, but she got there. Sort of. Well, she has a John Lewis loyalty card. Daisy is Grazia’s resident agony aunt and a regular contributor to a wide range of publications including The Pool, The Telegraph, The Debrief, Marie Claire, The Times, Glamour and the Guardian. She’s a professional Made In Chelsea fan (her weekly catch up column is the most searched for piece on The Debrief), the UKDA 2015 Dating Writer Of The Year and the Words By Women Awards 2016 Lifestyle Writer Of The Year. She has five little sisters, and everything she writes is made to make them laugh, or to help them learn from her mistakes and negotiate their twenties with success. (They all seem much more grown up than she is, so she must be doing something right.)
‘A Manual For Heartache’
JERSEY HOSPICE / SATURDAY 30th SEPT / 11.00
Heartache is human: over the course of our lives, we all encounter sadness and loss. But what do we say when the worst has happened to someone we love – and how do we cope when it happens to us?
With boundless warmth and compassion, Cathy Rentzenbrink shares her experiences of living with heartache and looking for hope and joy in a cruel world. The result is a survival guide for hard times; a book that will shine a chink of light into a dark day and remind you that you are not alone.
Cathy Rentzenbrink was born in Cornwall, grew up in Yorkshire and now lives in London, where she works as a writer and journalist. She is the author of the bestselling memoir The Last Act of Love, which was shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.
‘Big on compassion &supremely big-hearted. Generous & important’ Sunday Times
‘Big-hearted, moving, deeply sympathetic and gently honest this goldmine of wisdom and insight will offer solace to many lost souls in their hour of need.’ Daily Express
‘A warm hug of a book that could change your life.’ Woman & Home
‘Clear and warm. A lovely book about how to cope with life’s bumps and shocks and sadnesses.’ Matt Haig, Observer
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.00 – 17.15
Flora Mackie was twelve when she first crossed the Arctic Circle on her father’s whaling ship. Now she is returning to the frozen seas as the head of her own exploration expedition. Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan, but his yearning for new horizons leads him to the Arctic as part of a rival expedition.
When he and Flora meet, all thoughts of science and exploration give way before a sudden, all-consuming love. The affair survives the growing tensions between the two groups, but then, after one more glorious summer on the Greenland coast, Jakob joins his leader on an extended trip into the interior, with devastating results. The stark beauty of the Arctic ocean, where pack ice can crush a ship like an eggshell, and the empty sweep of the tundra, alternately a snow-muffled wasteland and an unexpectedly gentle meadow, are vividly evoked.
Against this backdrop Penney weaves an irresistible love story, a compelling look at the dark side of the golden age of exploration, and a mystery that Flora, returning one last time to the North Pole as an old woman, will finally lay to rest. An epic historical novel from the author of the Costa-winning The Tenderness of Wolves.
‘A terrific and beautifully written yarn that will make readers yearn to travel and fall in love in a cold climate.’ The Times
Stef Penney grew up in Edinburgh. She has degrees in Philosophy and Theology and Film and TV, and was selected for the Carlton Television New Writers Scheme and has since written and directed two short films. She is the author of The Tenderness of Wolves and The Invisible Ones.
For this event Stef Penney will be joined by Jane Menczer (An Unlikely Agent) for a panel discussion on writing pioneering female protagonists.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 11.00
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?
Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.
At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit. Interviewing John Boyne will be Andy Davey.
NB: Please note that some of the content discussed at this event will not be suitable for children.
About the Author
John Boyne was born in Dublin in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwhich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown Prize. He now offers a scholarship to Irish students undertaking the AM programme at UEW.
He has published nine novels for adults and five for younger readers, including The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which was a New York Times No.1 Bestseller and was made into a movie by Miramax. It has sold more than six million copies worldwide.
ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPT / 15.30 – 16.30
How do you solve a murder when you can only remember yesterday?
There are two types of people in the world. Those who can only remember yesterday, and those who can also recall the day before. You have just one lifeline to the past: your diary. Each night, you write down the things that matter. Each morning, your diary tells you where you were, who you loved and what you did.
Today, the police are at your door. They say that the body of your husband’s mistress has been found in the River Cam. They think your husband killed her two days ago. Can you trust the police? Can you trust your husband? Can you trust yourself?
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.
Felicia will be joining novelist Miranda Doyle, JEP photographer Peter Mourant and guest chair Naomi Frisby for a panel discussion on self-curating and ‘fake news’.
The New Girl
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 18.30 – 19.30
The New Girl is the memoir of an extraordinary woman – who happens to identify as transgender. Journalist, performance artist and musician Rhyannon Styles documents her life story, including her transition from male to female.
Imagine feeling lost in your own body. Imagine spending years living a lie, denying what makes you ‘you’. This was Ryan’s reality. He had to choose: die as a man or live as a woman. In 2012, Ryan made the choice to set Rhyannon free. At the age of thirty Rhyannon began her transition, taking the first steps on the long road to her true self, and the emotional, physical and psychological journey that would change her for ever.
What does it mean to be young and trans? Puberty in your 30s, new clothes, new name! Since the ‘trans tipping point’, the world is finally waking up to transgender people. Rhyannon – whose ground-breaking Elle column documents her transition – holds nothing back in this candid and unflinching telling of her life. From cabaret drag acts, brushes with celebrity and Parisian clown school, to struggles with substance abuse and crippling depression, Rhyannon paints a picture of what it’s like to be transgender in glorious technicolour.
In 2015, Rhyannon Styles started on the road to gender reassignment surgery. She decided to keep a very public diary of what it means to be transgender; the NHS waiting lists, the hormonal highs and lows, laser hair removal, navigating gender specific changing rooms, dating as a transwoman and buying her first bra. She first started out as a performance artist under the name Ryan Styles until she embraced the woman she really is.
During her time as a performer, career highlights include a show at the Guggenheim Museum NYC, dancing with Kylie Minogue on ITV and roller-skating naked at the Barbican art gallery. A star of the transgender community, Rhyannon was name-checked on Independent’s Rainbow List as ‘One to Watch’ in 2015, and in September 2016, she made an appearance in the BBC 2 drama Boy Meets Girl.
20 Years of Harry Potter Magic
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SAT 30th SEPTEMBER / 12.00 – 1300
Boy. Wizard. Hero. Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter Magic
Celebrate twenty years of Harry Potter magic with this fun and interactive event!
Explore the four Houses at Hogwarts with Fleurble Laffalot. Discover fun facts about the first Harry Potter books as well taking part in some of the key elements of life at Hogwarts – the sorting ceremony, Quidditch, potions class and much more.
A family friendly event for anyone who has ever wanted to explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books. Free bookmarks and door hangers for all who attend!
The Blonde Plotters
Do You Want to Have a Book Published?
JERSEY LIBRAY / FRIDAY 29th SEPT / 13.10 – 13.50
The Blonde Plotters (Gwyn Garfield-Bennett, Kelly Clayton and Deborah Carr) have experienced both sides of the publishing marketplace and are able to talk through the pros and cons of being traditionally or self-published. If you are writing a book and want to know what will be the best business option for you, come along for a practical talk on what it will take to become a successful author.
Admission is free: to reserve a place visit https://threeblondeplotters.eventbrite.co.uk
Star Wars, Space Opera and the Art of Valerian and Laureline
JERSEY LIBRARY / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 17.30
Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézieres’ science fiction series Valérian and Laureline is one of the most influential French comics of all time. It originally started its run in the late 1960s, and the series’ second story The Empire of a Thousand Planets illustrates how it has provided many visual cues for George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise. The inspiration doesn’t stop at the visuals but also the universe and key elements of of George Lucas saga, as Stefan’s talk will demonstrate.
Valérian and Laureline also had an especially significant effect on Luc Besson. The director used its influence to craft the world of the hugely successful The Fifth Element (Mézieres, the visual artist who draws the comic, even did the early concept art), and has just finished directing an adaptation of the comics that is the most expensive French film ever made.
The Valerian and Laureline saga is still going on strong with 50 years, 24 episodes and more than 2.5 millions books sold worldwide. Join Stefan for a discussion on this, and the amazing world of French/Belgian science-fiction comics of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Star Wars costumes optional!
The Idiot Brain
HAUTLIEU / FRI 29th SEPTEMBER / 14.00 – 15.20 (RECOMMENDED KS4/5)
event sponsored by Santander International
ALSO JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 13.00 / £8
Why do you lose arguments with people who know MUCH LESS than you? Why can you recognise that woman, from that thing… but can’t remember her name? And why, after your last break-up, did you find yourself in the foetal position on the sofa for days, moving only to wipe the snot and tears haphazardly from your face?
Here’s why: the idiot brain. For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganised. For example, did you know that your memory is egotistical? That conspiracy theories and superstitions are the inevitable effects of a healthy brain?
In The Idiot Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett tours our mysterious and mischievous grey (and white) matter. Along the way he explains the human brain’s imperfections in all their glory and how these influence everything we say, do and experience. Expertly researched and entertainingly written, this book is for anyone who has wondered why their brain appears to be sabotaging their life, and what on earth it is really up to.
‘I really admire Dean Burnett’s work. He’s very compelling and wise and rational. You know you can trust him and you know it’s going to be a great read.’ Jon Ronson
‘This is a wonderful introduction to neuroscience, and deserves to be widely read.’ Leyla Sanai, Independent
‘An entertaining romp through the science of our mental mental processes. Full of fascinating insight into the brain and the origins of our crazy behaviour.’ Gaia Vince, author of Adventures in the Anthropocene.
Dr Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist working as a tutor and lecturer based at Cardiff University’s Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences. He has been dabbling in stand-up and comedy writing for over a decade. His Guardian Science blog, ‘Brain Flapping’, has been viewed over 13 million times in the last three years.
Follow Dean on Twitter: @garwboy
The Other Half of Happiness
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER / 14.00 – 15.00
Sofia Khan is just married. But no one told her life was going to be this way . . .
Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant, and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells.
When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.
A book to make you smile, laugh and cry, this is the story of a mixed-race marriage and a mixed-up family, for anyone who’s ever struggled to balance their pride with their principles, or stuck around to try to mend a broken heart.
Ayisha Malik holds a BA in English Literature and Sociology, and a First Class MA in Creative Writing. She worked at Penguin Random House before moving to Cornerstones where she was managing editor for five years. Her debut novel, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged (Twenty7), was met with great critical acclaim and was a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick in 2016. The book has also been optioned for TV. The sequel, The Other Half of Happiness (Zaffre), is out April 2017. Ayisha is also the ghost writer for Great British Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain’s book, The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters (Harlequin). She is now a full-time writer and is working on her third novel, as well as Nadiya’s second book.
‘The Stone of Kuromori’
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURS 28th SEPT / 10.00 – 12.00 / (RECOMMENDED KS2)
Sponsored by Santander International
Three treasures. Two friends. One destiny. Ever since Kenny learned that he’d been chosen as bearer of a magical sword, he and best friend Kiyomi have been protecting the human world from ancient Japanese monsters.
But Kiyomi’s human soul has been taken from her and only the restoration of the three sacred treasures – the sword, the mirror and the jewel – can save her from transforming into a monster herself. Yet as they complete their mission, they discover that all their actions have been manipulated and an undead army is about to be unleashed upon humankind. The forces of life, with Kenny as their champion, gather their allies for a final showdown.
This series is for fans of Beast Quest and Percy Jackson crossed with a hyper-cool modern-day Japanese setting with references to Pokemon and Super Mario as well as demons and monsters from Japanese folklore. So get set to join Jason for a fabulous event (including the Malteser chopstick challenge!).
Jason Rohan has worked as a staff writer for Marvel Comics in New York and as an English teacher in Japan, where he lived for five years. He returned to the UK and now lives in West London with his wife and five children.
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I Have No Secrets
JERSEY COLLEGE FOR GIRLS / 12.00 – 13.30 / THURSDAY 28th SEPT / (RECOMMENDED KS3)
Sponsored by Santander International
Jemma knows who did the murder. She knows because he told her. And she can’t tell anyone. Fourteen-year-old Jemma has severe cerebral palsy. Unable to communicate or move, she relies on her family and carer for everything. She has a sharp brain and inquisitive nature, and knows all sorts of things about everyone.
But when she is confronted with this terrible secret, she is utterly powerless to do anything. Though that might be about to change… A page-turning thriller seen through the young adult readers. Perfect for fans of Wonder, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Looking for JJ.
Penny Joelson was born in London where she still lives with her husband and two children. She began working with disabled people when she was a teenager, which gave her inspiration for this novel and its insights. Penny runs ‘Creative Writing for Children’ workshops at City Lit and is currently working on her next novel.
I Don’t Like Poetry
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 29th SEPT / 10.00 – 12.00 / (RECOMMENDED KS2)
Sponsored by Santander International
What do you mean you don’t like poetry? This must mean you’ve not read the debut collection of poems from Joshua Seigal!
Whether it’s poems about the power of books or the joys of fried chicken, once you’ve read Joshua’s poems you’ll be shouting from the rooftops that poetry is the place to be!
Packed with subversive humour and a real insight into the world of children today, I Don’t Like Poetry will please the most reluctant of poem readers whether they want something funny, sad or scary. It is a wonderful collection that shows a new poet at his best.
Joshua Seigal is a poet, performer and workshop leader who spends his time visiting schools, libraries and theatres around the country and beyond. He has taken critically-acclaimed poetry shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but usually ends up performing in front of his mirror, using a hairbrush as a microphone. You can find out more at: joshuaseigal.co.uk
‘Magic’ – Michael Rosen
‘Very imaginative and wonderful’ – The Sunday Times
‘Your session was brilliant. Thank you so much’ – Mary Myatt (Ofsted Lead Inspector)
‘Very clever’ – PoetryZone.co.uk
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Greg James and Chris Smith
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SAT 30th SEPT / 14.00-15.00
Sponsored by Appleby
Kid Normal is the debut children’s book by Radio 1 presenters Greg James and Chris Smith. Kid Normal tells the story of Murph Cooper. When he rocks up to his new school several weeks into the beginning of term, he can’t help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it’s not because he’s worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are. It’s because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake.
And unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But just because you don’t have superpowers, it doesn’t mean you can’t save the day. Let’s hope Murph realises that, and quick – because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans …
Get set for an hugely entertaining and interactive event, kindly sponsored by Appleby, that explores our preconceptions of superheroes and villains.
Heather’s House of Stories
THURS 28th or FRI 29th SEPT / SCHOOL WORKSHOP / KS1
Storyteller Heather Burton believes that stories make children powerful and can help us all make sense of the world. Heather’s stories are engaging and joyful, inspiring children to let their imagination run free and their ideas be heard.
During this unique interactive storytelling event for children in KS1 students will learn the key elements of collaborative storytelling as they assist Heather in bringing a new story – based on our unique island home – to life.
To book a Heather’s House of Stories workshop for your school (half day £150 for up to two group sessions/ full day £300 for up to four group sessions) please contact email@example.com.
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A Voice From the Past: the Chroniques de Jersey in translation
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 14.30 – 15.30
What was life in Jersey like in the 16th Century? The Chroniques de Jersey covering the period 1460-1585 is Jersey’s oldest known history book, full of true tales of corruption and intrigue, religious zeal and piracy, bravery and kindness. Few people today seem to be aware of this extraordinary book but perhaps this is not surprising since it was written in Middle French and has been out of print for over 100 years. Bronwyn has translated Chroniques de Jersey into English in a new parallel text edition due for publication later this year. In this session she will be relating some of those stories and talking about the challenges of translating the Chroniques for 21st century readers.
Bronwyn Matthews was born in New Zealand and studied French at the University of Otago. She worked for some years at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, most recently as the Special Collections librarian. A passion for history and archaeology led her to Jersey, where she has been the librarian at the Société Jersiaise since 2014.
THE INCREDIBLE DADVENTURE
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURS 28th SEPT / 12.00 – 14.00 / (RECOMMENDED KS2)
Sponsored by Santander International
Meet Holly: Big sister, Magician, Explorer-in-training!
Holly wants to be an adventurer, just like her dad. He’s an explorer – well, a travel writer – but he’s always off on adventures. Like now, he’s away in Greenland riding dogsleds and sleeping in an igloo while Holly is stuck at home with Mum, baby brother Ernest and Oates the disobedient dog. Worse still, he won’t be there when she performs her magic tricks in front of a huge crowd at school, or for her birthday.
But Dad has planned something very special – Holly’s birthday card is a map where X marks the beginning of ten challenges that she must complete in as many days; her very own ‘Dadventure’! As Holly completes each task she discovers that exploring often means facing your fears, that Mum used to be a danger-loving daredevil and that adventures can happen very close to home!
An internationally renowned children’s author, Dave Lowe grew up in Dudley, West Midlands. He now lives in Australia with his wife and daughters.
Walking on Sunshine
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER /16.00 – 17.00
Sponsored by Le Gallais
Walking on Sunshine offers 52 tips, tools and positive ideas (one for each week of the year) to guide you through the seasons and better manage the pressures of everyday life.
In a diary of her year, Rachel Kelly shares the strategies that have helped her stay calm and happy after a long battle with depression. Some of the strategies relate to particular experiences and events, such as holidays, dramas at work and her children’s exams; others are useful at any time. Indeed this is an ideal book to dip into whenever the mood takes you. There is also space for you to record your own thoughts and feelings. Your very jottings will be a step towards living more consciously and joyfully.
Written in the confidential, conversational style of a good friend and delightfully illustrated by Daily Mail cartoonist Jonathan Pugh, Walking on Sunshine will act as a constant, supportive companion through your ups and downs.
Rachel Kelly has been a journalist for 20 years. After battling with depression in early adulthood, she became interested in health and therapy and wrote a column on health for the Times. She is an ambassador for the mental health charity SANE, vice president of United Response and frequently gives workshops and talks. Her memoir Black Rainbow was a Sunday Times bestseller.
Jonathan Pugh is an English cartoonist whose work has appeared in the Times, the Guardian, and the Independent amongst others. He is currently the daily pocket cartoonist for the Daily Mail.
“Kelly writes with charm and kindness about overcoming depression” – Sarah Sands, Evening Standard
“It’s a beautiful little book and it will help you with your anxiety.” – Jeremy Vine, presenter and broadcaster
An Unlikely Agent
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.00 – 17.15
London, 1905. Margaret Trant lives with her ailing, irascible mother in a dreary boarding house in St John’s Wood. The pair have fallen on hard times, with only Margaret’s meagre salary from a ramshackle import-export company keeping them afloat.
When a stranger on the tram hands her a newspaper open at the recruitment page, Margaret spots an advertisement that promises to ‘open new horizons beyond your wildest dreams!’. After a gruelling interview, she finds herself in a new position as a secretary in a dingy backstreet shop.
But all is not as it seems; she is in fact 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. Margaret’s guilty love of detective fiction scarcely prepares her for the reality of true criminality, and her journey of self-discovery forms the heart of this remarkable novel, as she discovers in herself resourcefulness, courage, independence and the first stirrings of love.
‘An enthralling Edwardian espionage thriller featuring an endearing, independent female lead and lashings of intrigue… Fuelled by the heroine’s immense appeal, and the flawless plotting, this is an engrossing read… and I rather hope this gifted debut novelist dishes up more detective delights in the very near future’ – LoveReading.co.uk
Jane Menczer was born in Winchester and now lives in Cambridge. She has worked in a West End theatre, as a nanny, as a waitress, and as a bookseller. Working with Germaine Greer on her dissertation awakened an interest in all the talented and heroic women from other eras who have been overlooked or forgotten, and directly influenced the creation of the character of Miss Trant.
For this event Jane Menczer will be joined by Stef Penney (Under a Pole Star) for a panel discussion on writing pioneering female protagonists.
101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die
ST JAMES WINE BAR / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER/ 16.00 – 17.15
Sponsored by Le Gallais
101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die is a whisky guide with a difference.
It is not an awards list. It is not a list of the 101 ‘best’ whiskies in the world in the opinion of a self-appointed whisky guru. It is simply a guide to the 101 whiskies that enthusiasts must seek out and try in order to complete their whisky education. Avoiding the deliberately obscure, the ridiculously limited and the absurdly expensive, whisky expert Ian Buxton recommends an eclectic selection of old favourites, stellar newcomers and mystifyingly unknown drams that simply have to be drunk.
The book decodes the marketing hype and gets straight to the point; whether from India, America, Sweden, Ireland, Japan or the hills, glens and islands of Scotland, here are the 101 whiskies that you really want. Try them before you die – Slainte!
Ian Buxton is a former Marketing Director of Glenmorangie and has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years. He now runs a successful consultancy business. He was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1991, the highest honour of the Scotch whisky industry, and is a member of the international tasting panel for the annual World Whisky Awards and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Distillers.
A Book of Untruths
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 15.00 – 16.00
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.
‘Extraordinary. A Book of Untruths combines a painfully frank yet strangely rewarding account of a terrifying childhood, a compelling narrative packed with vivid and sometimes terrifying characters, and a meditation on time, memory and identity that, while it travels its own contemporary path, raises questions that would not seem out of place in Speak, Memory or Augustine’s Confessions.’ – John Burnside
At this event Miranda Doyle will be joining Felicia Yap (Yesterday), photographer Peter Mourant and returning festival chair (and renowned literary blogger) Naomi Frisby for a panel discussion on fake news, echo chambers and the stories that pictures tell.
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Dinosaur’s Return
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER / 11.00 – 12.00
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks is back on the 10th anniversary of this bestselling picture book series! By the light of a silvery moon, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and his faithful friends are heading for Thunder Mountain.
Their mission? To take a little dinosaur home. But the biggest adventure EVER lies in store. Join our brave young knight and his faithful friends as their adventure leads them into the middle of a dinosaur stampede and towards a volcano that might erupt at any moment!
Can Sir Charlie save the day again and help the lost dinosaur safely home? An action-packed, funny and charming picture book adventure that is perfect for reading aloud before bedtime and sharing with little adventurers!
Get ready for a lively stage show featuring giant books, props, and maybe even a song or two!
Kristina Stephenson trained as a set and costume designer. She had a successful career in theatre and children’s TV until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them, she turned to illustration. Inspired to write by her own son Charlie (who doesn’t have stinky socks), she created the wonderful adventures of Sir Charlie Stinky Socks.
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.
CHORDZ COFFEE SHOP/ SAT 30th SEPTEMBER / 19.00 – 20.00
Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground grime artists to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions and to prop up the status-quo. Sound System is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what makes music so powerful.
Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall a unique insider s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. He finds remarkable examples of music as a force for social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history. This is a book of raves, riots and revolution. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few?
Dave Randall is a guitarist, producer and composer. He has contributed to multimillion selling albums by Grammy Award winning artist Dido and has toured the world a number of times performing with UK dance act Faithless. His own critically acclaimed albums released under the name Slovo feature international collaborations with artists including Iceland’s Emiliana Torrini, West Africa’s Maezah and US jazz legend Max Roach.
Event sponsored by Chordz.
‘Schtum’ (as part of A Life Less Ordinary Panel Event)
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 18.00
Jem Lester was a journalist for nine years and saw the Berlin Wall fall in 1989 – and though there, he denies personal responsibility. Perhaps it is Lester’s experiences and talent as a journalist that had him turning to real life for inspiration for his debut novel, Shtum.
Ben Jewell has hit breaking point. His 10 year old son, Jonah, has never spoken. So when Ben and Jonah are forced to move in with Ben’s elderly father, three generations of men – one who can’t talk, two who won’t – are thrown together. As Ben battles single fatherhood, a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons, he learns some difficult home truths. Jonah, blissful in his ignorance, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history and misunderstanding are finally untangled.
Based loosely on Lester’s own experiences with his severely autistic child, this book is a funny and heartbreaking story about families, forgiveness and finding a light in the darkest days.
Jem Lester will be appearing at the A Life Less Ordinary panel event (on communicating without the common senses) with Penny Joelson and Vanesssa Potter.
Jersey Evening Post Writing Competition
ARTS CENTRE / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 17.00
Now in its third year the Rathbones / Jersey Evening Post Short Story competition continues to encourage local writers of all ages to share their talents by submitting original short stories and flash fiction. Join this year’s winners as they receive their prizes, before hearing their pieces brought to life by selected readers.
‘Patient H69’ (as part of the ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ panel event)
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / THURS 28th SEPTEMBER / 18.00
Imagine how it would feel to one day wake up and find your vision descending swiftly into darkness. Your fingertips are turning numb, and, as the world closes in around you, you realise there is nothing you can do to stop it. This is what happened to Vanessa Potter.
In the space of 72 hours, Vanessa Potter went from juggling a high-flying career as a producer and caring for her two small children to being completely blind, unable to walk, and with her sense of touch completely gone.
Over the course of the next six months, Vanessa slowly began to recover. Opening her eyes onto a black-and-white world with mutating shapes and colours that crackled and fizzled, she encountered a visual landscape that was completely unrecognisable. As colour reappeared, Vanessa experienced a range of bizarre phenomena as her confused brain tried to make sense of the world around her, and she found herself touching and talking to inanimate objects in order to stimulate her vision – all part of her brain’s mechanism for coping with the trauma of sensory loss.
Going blind led Vanessa to turn science sleuth, reinventing herself as Patient H69 to uncover the reality behind her unique condition. With the help of a team of psychologists and neuroscientists, Patient H69 follows Vanessa’s story as she learns the science of herself, transforming her terrifying experience into a positive, inspirational and scientifically fascinating endeavour.
Vanessa Potter will be appearing at the A Life Less Ordinary panel event (on communicating without the common senses) with Penny Joelson and Jem Lester.
Italy’s Other Island
ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.00 – 17.00
Hamish Marett-Crosby is a journalist, broadcaster and raconteur who has also enjoyed a long association with the hospitality industry.
His different areas of expertise come together in his book Italy’s Other Island: The Italian Community and the Making of Modern Jersey. It tells the colourful story of the men and women from Italy who made Jersey their home and played a central part in the success of its tourism as it became the No.1 industry between the 1950s and 1980s, that more relaxed era which also helped to define the Island’s international image. In the heyday of Jersey tourism, all the main hotels were staffed by Italians, many of whom went on to start their own businesses, treasuring their close bonds as well as their native food and wine…another interest shared with Hamish as a connoisseur and merchant. His affectionate history was launched at this year’s Viva Italia! festival in Jersey, a proud new venture by the children and grandchildren of these pasta pioneers.
OCCUPATION RECONCILIATION: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MICHAEL GINNS MBE
ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER / 14.30 – 15.30
One of the most distinguished guardians of Jersey’s Occupation history, Michael Ginns MBE, died earlier this year after a long and eventful life. That life is celebrated in Occupation Reconciliation, a biography by Juanita Shield-Laignel due for publication later this year on what would have been Michael’s 90th birthday.
As a teenager in 1942, Michael was among the hundreds of Islanders deported and interned in Germany on the orders of Adolf Hitler, whose forces occupied the Channel Islands from 1940 to 1945. His years in the Bad Wurzach camp had a profound effect, which later found expression through his work as a founder and president of the local branch of the Channel Islands Occupation Society. A leading figure in Jersey’s postwar reconciliation, Michael Ginns visited Bad Wurzach many times as a friend and was instrumental in its twinning with St Helier. In 2009, after ten years of research, he published his major work of historical record, Jersey Occupied.
Juanita Shield-Laignel is a Jersey-based writer and complementary therapist.
Tony Scott Warren + Geraint Jennings
ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SATURDAY 30th SEPT 10.45 – 11.45
‘Coronation Street Before Television’
With a rich spoken and written tradition, Jersey’s ancient native language, Jèrriais, is a fixture at the Jersey Festival of Words.
Two of its most passionate champions are linguists Geraint Jennings and Tony Scott Warren, who this year will be recalling the popular Jèrriais newspaper serials of the 19th and 20th centuries that were the soap operas of their day.
This dynamic duo have played a leading role in the preservation and revival of the Island’s Norman-French dialect through their work at the States Education Department’s Office du Jèrriais. Tony is a former RAF man and television announcer who became a language teaching co-ordinator 20 years ago and Geraint is a poet, artist and illustrator who has edited an anthology of Channel Islands literature in Norman-French, The Toad and the Donkey.
Reflections of D-Day
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 15.00 – 16.00
Jersey born poet Juliette Hart has been published in many anthologies. She has read her poems in London (at the Troubadour Cafe and Torriano Meeting House) on BBC Radio, at the Branchage Film Festival, the Folklore Festival and at many island venues (including The War Tunnels and Mont Orgueil Castle). Her poems have been displayed on buses in Guernsey and she has exhibited at the Jersey Arts Centre.
Juliette has visited the Normandy landing beaches, cemeteries and museums several times with veterans who have inspired her collection of poetry – Reflections of D-Day. Historical events come to life through the personal experiences of the veterans. She will read poems from the collection with a backdrop of photographs taken in Normandy.
Short Story Workshop
JERSEY ARTS CENTRE (MRR) / SATURDAY 30th SEPT / 11.30 -13.00
Head first: a short story workshop
“Head first…” is a focused hands-on course which will allow a group of up to 15 writers to develop their short story skills. Bring your writing equipment and an open mind. Alexa will guide you to uncover new characters and situations to explore within the short form.
Crapaud to Joy
MARITIME MUSEUM / WEDNESDAY 27th SEPTEMBER / 19.00 (for 19.30 start) – 21.30
A Plays Rough Production
Last year Plays Rough were asked to produce some original performance pieces, based on or around Shakespeare. They populated Mont Orgueil with five very different pieces, all written, directed and performed by Island talent.
Shakespeare was writing before the post-war boom in package holidays, so was a flawed choice as he never referred to Jersey in his work. This year will be different.
Guinness world record holder, crooner, and creator of one of the most pirated pieces of vinyl south of Little Sark, Bob Anthony, and his seminal 1975 album Ile d’Amour, will be the inspiration for 2017.
So get down down down to St Helier (specifically the Maritime Museum) to see the festival opened in (some sort of) style.
JERSEY LIBRARY / FRIDAY 29th SEPTEMBER / 08.00
If you know anything about Royston Guest, if you have had any experience with him or his programs, you know one thing above all else; he delivers. His sessions, focusing on business growth and personal transformation, are a game changing, transformational experience and his energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Royston is passionate to make a real tangible difference:
- Author of business growth book, Built to Grow a proven time-tested model to unlock real business potential full of strategies, tools and ideas.
- CEO of Pti Worldwide, a Global Consultancy and People Development Business spanning over two decades, clients in 27 countries, helping tens of thousands of businesses across a multitude of sectors, enterprises, and governments.
- Founder of livingyourfuture™ the ‘go-to’ place for personal transformation & growth.
- Accomplished Business Strategists, Executive Coach and Facilitator with a proven track record for delivering business growth.
- Acclaimed world renowned Conference Speaker for more than 10 years, speaking at 110 events last year alone, inspiring over 30,000 people
- Active Business Growth Blogger regularly featured in print, online and on radio including BBC Radio, The Guardian, Mail Online, fresh business thinking.com plus many more
Known as a passionate results-driven speaker, Royston challenges the status quo and inspires others to take action. His passion is to understand the human potential; helping business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs deliver accelerated, sustained and profitable business growth.
with Adele Dark
JERSEY LIBRARY (LES QUENNEVAIS BRANCH) / FRIDAY 29th 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.
JERSEY LIBRARY / THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER / 08.00 – 09.00
‘Citizens of the World: What Coffee Teaches Us’
David Warr, owner of Cooper & Co., a speciality tea and coffee business, will be discussing the issues raised in his latest book, Citizens of Coffee, in particular how can we reflect value though out the supply chain? Citizens of Coffee highlights the importance of everyone in the supply chain, from the person who collects the bean to the person who cleans the café and the Barista who serves the coffee.
Strolling With Scribes
WALK / SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER / 13.00 – 15.00 (Meet in Royal Square)
As part of the 2017 Jersey Festival of Words Tom Bunting and his daughter Caro will be giving a literary guided walk around the streets of St Helier. Hear about the local writers that have made an impression on the world at large and the literary giants that have visited the Island. We’ll end up with a quiet drink reading some letters from a rather unexpected visitor.