With over 70 events for all interests and ages, the Festival is a unique opportunity to come together to celebrate the written word all set in the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey, the island which gave sanctuary to Victor Hugo and where he finished Les Miserables.
The festival features speakers from a wide range of disciplines, from literature to politics, from history to sport, from the environment to food, from biography to travel. There is generally a full education and community programme, together with workshops for local writers with renowned visiting authors.
The Guernsey Literary Festival is a not for profit organisation and registered charity, run by volunteers and is supported by generous and committed sponsors, patrons, members and partners.
When? Next festival – 29 April-3rd May, 2020
Where? St. Peter Port, Guernsey Island
Who? 2020 – Poets Simon Armitage and Anthony Anaxagorou, novelists Joanne Harris, Louise Doughty, Ruth Ware, Richard Roper, Ben Fogle, Andrew Cowan, sports writers Daniel Geey and Adharanand Finn, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, political commentator Professor Danny Dorling, comedian and writer Dom Joly, writer and teacher Kate Clanchy, musician and food writer Cerys Matthews, nurse and bestseller Christie Watson, fast fashion critic Lauren Bravo, popular actor and writer John Nettles, historians Giles Milton and Michael Burleigh, Terry Waite and plenty for children and a full education and community programme.
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Previous Festivals? Established 2011
2019 Novelists Lionel Shriver, Patrick Gale, Emma Healey, Helen Wallen and Lucy Christopher, best sellers Adam Kay and Matt Haigh, broadcasters Libby Purves and Lucy Siegle, poets Benjamin Zephaniah, Lemn Sissay, Joelle Taylor and Maura Dooley, travel writer Huw Lewis-Jones, thriller writers Mark Billingham and Erin Kelly, from politics Professors Kerry Brown and Albert Weale, historian Matthias Strohn and rock writer Philip Norman, illustrator Sophy Henn, triathlete Chrissie Wellington and inspiring speaker Raynor Winn.
2018 – Rachel Joyce, poet Daljit Nagra, BBC’s Evan Davis and Jenni Murray, the Guardian’s John Crace, Katie Piper, from health Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Professor Steve Jones, Terry Waite and travel writer Patrick Barkham. Also Professor Anand Menon
2017 – Sebastian Faulks, Claire Balding, Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, Simon Singh, Anita Anand, and slam poet world champion Harry Baker.
Previously – Carol Ann Duffy, Linda La Plante, Will Self, AL Kennedy, Korky Paul, Kate Adie OBE, Louis de Bernieres, Michael Morpurgo, Emily Cockayne, Annie Barrows, Edward & Olivia Chaney and John Cooper Clark
Visitor Information? A heady mix of stunning scenery and the best of contemporary living, Guernsey is the perfect destination. Inspiring walks along the cliff paths, rambles through the rural interior or lazy days on the island’s beautiful beaches, Guernsey has it all.
St Peter Port, the island’s capital, is a bustling harbour town, a tapestry of architectural styles that tell the story of the region’s changing fortunes. Here bistros, restaurants and boutiques jostle for your attention, while in the harbour ferries are readied to take you to the sister islands.