The fifth Guernsey Literary Festival, supported by Guernsey Arts Commission, will take place from 10-14 May 2017. The Guernsey Literary Festival aims to offer a varied and energetic celebration of literature with something for everyone – from aspiring writers to families looking for a fun day out.
Here is the latest list of GLF’s speakers:
Chris Riddell, the current Children’s Laureate, is a multi-award-winning children’s writer, artist and cartoonist. He is best known for his Ottoline and Goth Girl series and for his work as the political cartoonist for the Observer.
Terry Waite is well known for having been taken hostage in Beirut whilst negotiating the release of captives; he has written about his 1,763 days in captivity and has now turned his hand to writing fiction. The Voyage of the Golden Handshake is the funny story of a cruise ship’s maiden voyage and the adventures of its crew and passengers.
Sarah Moss is a novelist, travel writer and academic who teaches on the University of Warwick’s Writing Programme. Her latest novel, The Tidal Zone, explores what happens to an ordinary family when a traumatic event changes everything.
Anita Anand is a television and radio presenter and author of Sophia – Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary. It tells the true story of an Indian princess in the British court, weaving through the most important episodes in British and Indian history. After her father, the Maharajah, was exiled to England, Sophia – goddaughter of Queen Victoria – was raised as a society lady. But after travelling to India she returned a revolutionary, committed to Indian independence and the fight for female suffrage.
Anita’s husband is Simon Singh, popular science writer, journalist and TV producer. Simon, who regularly appears on television science programmes, is the writer of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets and Fermat’s Last Theorem. He is as well known as a campaigner for free speech after becoming embroiled in a legal battle over his questioning of claims by some chiropractors that their work could be effective against a number of health problems.
Huw Lewis-Jones, who was educated at Elizabeth College, will appeal to everyone with an interest in travel and exploration. He travels in the Arctic and Antarctica each year working as a polar guide, and his latest book Polar Exploration in the Nineteenth Century: Heroism and National Identity is fascinating.
Harry Baker is the youngest ever World Poetry Slam Champion and author of The Sunshine Kid. He won over Ed Sheeran with his amazing performance, and the Guernsey Literary Festival team is confident he will have the same effect on audiences in Guernsey.
Also taking part in May are bestselling historical authors Duncan Barrett and Nuela Calvi, who are currently writing a book about the occupation of the Channel Islands.
Robin Lustig, political journalist and former presenter of The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and Newshour on BBC World Service, has confirmed that he will be at the festival, as has Andrew Stegall, filmmaker, writer and director of debut feature film Departure, starring Juliet Stevenson.
The Guernsey Literary Festival also organises two writing competitions including the Guernsey International Poetry Competition as well as a writing competition for Guernsey schoolchildren, called the WriteStuff. The Guernsey Literary Festival can be contacted on 07781 143545 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.