Arts & literature

With such beautiful surrounding for inspiration, it's no surprise that arts and literature flourish in the Bailiwick.

In addition to rousing creativity in its visitors, the Island has a number of cultural hot spots to add to your holiday itinerary.

Victor Hugo

Literary lovers can walk in the footsteps of one of the most celebrated authors of the 19th century which visiting Guernsey. French author and poet Victor Hugo spent 15 years in exile on the Island and took much inspiration from the Bailiwick when producing his work.


Art History

Guernsey's coastline has inspired visiting & homegrown artists alike. During his month-long visit to the island in 1883, French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir created some of the most recognisable paintings of the island's south coast cliffs.

Arguably Guernsey’s most famous local painter, Peter Le Lievre also immortalised the Bailiwick in years gone by with his beautiful watercolours which can be seen in The Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery.

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

This New York Times best selling novel and screen adaptation was inspired by the author’s brief trip to Guernsey in 1980. Based on the Channel Islands German Occupation during World War II, you can easily discover the places that inspired the story or even join a literary tour dedicated to the book.


What's on

20 Mar 2020 - 22 Mar 2020

Alderney Literary Festival

The Alderney Literary Festival is the Channel Island's boutique history festival, where people who enjoy reading and writing about the past come together to talk books and have a great weekend.

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24 Nov 14:00 - 17:00

In Flight

An afternoon of poetry, artwork and live music at Sula Gallery

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29 Apr 2020 - 3 May 2020

Guernsey literary Festival

The Guernsey Literary Festival returns in 2020

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Guernsey Literary Festival

Hosting fascinating figures from the world of literature, journalism and entertainment, Guernsey Literary Festival is one of the island’s most unmissable cultural events. The festival takes place every May and includes talks, signings, workshops and performances.

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