The Guernsey Literary Festival is one of the highlights of the island’s arts calendar, based right in the centre of beautiful St Peter Port.
This year will feature fantastic big names such as Richard Dawkins, Cerys Matthews, Joanne Harris, John Nettles, Dom Joly & Dr Megan Rossi.
The event has grown from strength to strength over the last seven events, attracting authors including Sebastian Faulks, Carol Ann Duffy, Terry Waite, Clare Balding, Linda La Plante, Will Self, Chris Riddell, Michael Morpurgo, Lionel Shriver, Matt Haig, Adam Kay and Lemn Sissay.
Writers and expert speakers cover fiction, history, local heritage, the arts, music, current affairs, business, sport, health, wellbeing, nature, travel and poetry. Many of the visiting authors take part in the Festival’s extensive education programme in schools for young readers. As well as talks, there are workshops, discussions and displays.
The festival has remained faithful to its principles of reaching out to the whole community and offers an extensive educational and outreach programme in the library, schools and even the prison. There are also two Festival competitions - the WriteStuff, a children’s writing competition and Poems on the Move, an international poetry competition.