A host of talent to participate in The inaugural Guernsey Literary Festival from 12 to 15 May 2011

April 25th, 2011 by Guernsey Literary Festival

Richard Fleming writes “The Guernsey Literary Festival takes place between 12 and 15 May and promises to be an exciting event, offering a wide choice of entertaining, amusing and thought-provoking activities that will appeal to both young and old alike.

“A host of talent will be arriving on our shores to offer festival-goers a heady mixture of literary talks, poetry readings, panel discussions, writing and publishing workshops, story-telling sessions, folklore, literary based film, exhibitions and even a blood-curdling Murder Mystery evening in the atmospheric surroundings of Guernsey’s oldest Library.

“Big names from the world of literature such as Annie Barrows, co-author of the wildly successful worldwide best seller, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, flies in from the USA to talk about her part in the creation of this unforgettable book and will also be telling us about her highly successful series of Ivy and Bean children’s novels.

“Multi-talented, Kevin Crossley-Holland, poet, novelist, opera librettist and children’s author will bring to life the enthralling world of Norse mythology for a largely, though not exclusively, young audience of fans.

“Legendary punk-poet and performance Artist, John Cooper Clarke, will deliver another of his show-stopping live performances, featuring fiery social commentary, inspired poetry and a typically scathing critique on the state of civilization as we know it.

“Bright new stars in the literary firmament, Caroline Bird, Mary Horlock and Dan Purdue will bring their own special magic to a series of popular events.

“There will be something for everyone, including a Poetry Café with open mic performances, a Community Art Poem, the hugely exciting ‘Get Guernsey Reading’ initiative, a Potato Peel Pie baking competition, media interaction, children’s entertainment and numerous live events, all of which will ensure that the inaugural Guernsey Literary Festival is a resounding success.

“All in all, the Guernsey Literary Festival will offer a showcase of literary talent such as the island has not previously seen. Don’t miss it!”


The Guernsey Literary Festival booking helpline 07781 401026 is open from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm each weekday.  Messages can be left at other times.

Guernsey Literary Festival map of events in St Peter Port (click map to enlarge)

The central feature of the Guernsey Literary Festival is The Hub, an eye-catching hemispherical structure located in the Market area of St Peter Port, opposite the newly-refurbished Guille-Allès Library. The Hub is where many festival activities will take place.

Next door to The Hub is The Luna structure, a smaller unit housing book sales and festival merchandising that will also act as a ‘drop-in’ area where festival-goers can meet with local writers and personalities. The Luna will also act as a handy meeting point for visitors.

This is your Festival, Guernsey’s first-ever event of this kind. Its success depends on you. We hope you will find it enjoyable, stimulating and with something of interest for all the family.

Click on the image below to download The Guernsey Literary Festival programme as a PDF file to your computer.

(The Guernsey Literary Festival Programme can be downloaded in its entirety as a PDF file by clicking on this image)


The Guernsey Literary Festival  programme for Thursday 12 May 2011

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The Guernsey Literary Festival programme for Friday 13 May 2011

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The Guernsey Literary Festival programme for Saturday 14 May 2011

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The Guernsey Literary Festival programme for Sunday 15 May 2011

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Other Guernsey Literary Festival exhibitions and events

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Barclays Wealth is delighted to be the main sponsor of the Guernsey Literary Festival. It promises to be a colourful, creative and cultural event – accessible to the whole of the island’s community, from children to adults and teenagers to pensioners.

At Barclays Wealth, we believe it is important to support a cross section of public activity from sport to the arts. The Guernsey Literary Festival allows us to give something back to the community, which combines both a creative and educational focus.

The festival provides the opportunity to celebrate Guernsey’s rich literary heritage as a place that has inspired writers as diverse as Victor Hugo, GB Edwards, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows and, most recently, Mary Horlock.

We recognise the literary talent and achievements of our staff at Barclays Wealth and of the island as a whole and we believe there is much to be proud of within Guernsey’s literary world.

One of the events during the festival is an opportunity to meet the authors of Bloney Good Times. All four authors have worked at Barclays Wealth and one, Kay Parnwell is still with the company. The book and its sequel More Bloney Good Times have proved a hit in the island and provide an opportunity for many to reminisce about the ‘good old days’.

With so much talent on our doorstep, it is an honour for Barclays Wealth to be part of the first literary festival of its kind in Guernsey.


Catriona Stares, Festival Director, writes The inaugural Guernsey Literary Festival (12 to 15 May 2011) would not be happening without the generous support of our main sponsors, Barclays Wealth.

Additionally, I would like to thank Deloitte for supporting the Festival’s Family & Children’s events, and Cenkos, Rothschild and the Channel Islands Stock Exchange for their support and funding.

I need to mention numerous other organisations, whose involvement and support have made this Literary Festival possible. In no particular order, may I thank the Guernsey Arts  Commission, Specsavers – our website partner, The Guernsey Press – our media partner, Guernsey Tourist Information, the Education Department, Guille-Allès Library, Priaulx Library, Launchpad, BBC Guernsey, Ciné-Guernsey, Two Degrees North, the Sark Folk Festival organisers, Vets4Pets, Guernsey Museums and Galleries, Quayside, Forest Stores, the Ferry Terminal and St Martin’s Farmer’s Market, all of whom have been hugely supportive over the past few months.

Last, but not least, may I thank the members of the GAC Film, Poetry & Prose Sub-Committee, the Festival Working Party, whose unstinting enthusiasm and energy deserves a special mention, and the Festival Volunteers, whose task it now is to ensure that the inaugural Guernsey Literary Festival proves to be a resounding success.


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