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New Names Revealed For Jersey Festival of Words 2024

Following on from last month’s announcement that poet and presenter Michael Rosen will be appearing at this year’s Jersey Festival of Words, the organisers have released details of several other writers scheduled to visit Jersey this September.

Among those appearing is celebrated and outspoken comedic writer and presenter Kathy Lette, whose novels explore themes of feminism, love, and societal norms; she will be discussing her new novel The Revenge Club – a wicked tale of four scorned women and one perfect plan. Journalist Chris Stokel-Walker will be charting AI’s Cold War origins and what the future of tech looks like in his new book How AI Ate the World, while renowned poet and ex-Scottish Laureate Jackie Kay will be presenting an evening of readings from upcoming anthology May Day – a powerful collection of poems about grief and profound change infused with the light of love and celebration.

Also appearing will be Samantha McAlister, a former TV producer and author who is best known for securing the interview with Prince Andrew for BBC Newsnight's programme, and who was recently portrayed by actress Bille Piper in the smash hit Netflix film ‘Scoop.’

Festival Director Pippa Le Quesne said, “We are thrilled with the richness of perspectives and range of topics covered by our line-up of speakers this year. From current affairs to comedy, technology to protest poetry, our diverse array of voices promises to inspire and challenge our audience throughout the Festival.”

Now in its ninth year, the Jersey Festival of Words is an annual celebration of literature, poetry, and spoken word performances. The festival, which takes place between September 20-29, features a diverse range of writers, from established authors to emerging talents, and includes workshops, readings, discussions, and performances.

As well as the Freedom Centre, this year’s festival will take place at the Arts Centre, Jersey Library and other local venues including the Blue Note Bar. The main festival corporate sponsor is HIGHVERN, with additional festival funding from Government of Jersey and other local sponsors. 

Speaking of the Festival, Chief Executive Martin Hall said HIGHVERN were delighted to support the yearly celebration of literature, poetry, and spoken word performances once again. ‘The Festival promises to inspire and provoke thought among audiences during its nine-day duration,’ said Mr Hall. ‘We look forward to this vibrant literary event, which brings together established authors, emerging talents, and enthusiastic readers on the island.’

This year’s Festival will feature over 60 events, details of which will be revealed in the months ahead. Further information can be found at

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