Guernsey Literary Festival 2019 NEWS

Guernsey Literary Festival News

Only seven months . . . until 1-6 May

The Guernsey Arts Commission has gladly agreed to continue its support for next year’s Guernsey Literary Festival. Preparations are well under way for the Festival – the seventh – now established annually in May in the island’s arts and events calendar. In fact, work started on 2019 festival almost as this year’s successful festival came to a close.

Negotiations are in progress with a number of speakers for the 2019 festival, which will be held from 1-6 May. More details will be available soon.

Event for local writers

The Guille-Alles Library and the Guernsey Literary Festival have teamed up to run a special event for local writers. The GLF has organised events for local writers in the past, including the chance to take part in workshops with some of the UK’s leading poets, novelists and short story writers. But this is something new and it starts this November.

Local writers will have the chance to read their work at a creative writing ‘Open Mic Night’ on Wednesday 7 November at 7 pm in the library. Writers will be able to read out their own work in front of a friendly, like-minded audience – be it a short story, an extract from a novel, or whatever prose work might be in progress.

Audience places are free but must be booked at Any writer who would like a slot at the microphone should go to the same website. This will direct them to the submission form, where they will be able to submit the piece they’d like to read. (Maximum length 1500 words -please note this event is for prose, not poetry).

Should the event prove to be a success or oversubscribed, it may be that more events like this will be organised in the future, including at the Guernsey Literary Festival itself in May.

For more information, email Adam on [email protected] or call 720392

Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2019

Acclaimed poet Maura Dooley will judge the 2019 Guernsey International Poetry Competition, which was launched in September. The closing date for entries is 15 January 2019.

The competition, sponsored by Guernsey Post, which has a first prize of £1000, attracts entries from all over the world. It gives poets the chance to have their poems read by thousands on the move, including at the airport.

As in past years, the competition is split into three categories, Open (18 and over – first prize £1000), Channel Islands residents (18 and over) and Young People (aged 12-17).

Details and entry instructions can be found on the websites and

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