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5 Reasons to Support the Guernsey Literary Festival This Year

In partnership with Guernsey Literary Festival


It's back! After a year off thanks to lockdown last year, the Guernsey Literary Festival Team have managed to pull together an impressive line up for the new look hybrid Festival for 2021.

‘Our team felt it so important to organise a Festival for 2021. It might be smaller than in past years because of the current situation, but we think we’ve put together a fascinating programme with our customary enthusiasm. And we’re moving into a live-streaming world which we’re all having to get used to.’ - Claire Allen, Festival Director.

Here at The List, we can't wait to welcome the Festival back. We have a long history with the Festival - our co-founder Stefanie has sat on the Steering Group and run the Festival social media for the last 5 years as part of her previous business and we have happily taken on the partnership and will be sharing events and content surrounding the Festival as part of this ongoing content partnership, so keep an eye out for more to come, including maybe an exclusive competition.



Here are 5 reasons we can't wait for the LitFest to come back:

1. They Have Great Speakers

The speakers include environmental campaigner Tom Rivett-Carnac, best-selling novelist Joanne Harris and writer and front-line NHS nurse Christie Watson, author of the hugely successful The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story and The Courage to Care. See more here.

2. Your Membership Supports Vital Educational Programmes

Being a Member is one of the best ways to enjoy all that the Festival has to offer. You can be amongst the first to buy tickets for your favourite speakers (right now sales are open for members only!), and help support the Festival to fund vital educational and outreach work. They often host an extensive school and community programme alongside the public events. 

3. It's A Great Opportunity To Take Part in Live Events

After months of cancelled events and workshops across the world. Writers and speakers from the UK will speak to live audiences in Guernsey by video link. These live-streamed talks will be held at Les Cotils from 11th to 15th May. They will be interactive and include live Q&As. Other events and workshops at the Guille-Alles Library with local authors and will actually start from 27th April. Take a look at our Things to Do Page for more info.

4. There Are Many Free Events For The Community To Enjoy

Tickets for the audiences in the live-streamed events are priced £10/£5 and can be bought at the website. People who are unable to go but want to take part will be able to watch the live-stream free of charge from their homes. Most of the local writers’ events will also be free.



5. They Are Covering Key Topics

Environmental campaigner and writer Tom Rivett-Carnac was one of the architects of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement, and the book he wrote with Christina Figueres, The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis, tackles the most urgent challenge humankind has ever faced: the world’s changing climate and the fate of humanity. Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a pioneering non-profit venture capital fund that uses business strategies to solve problems of poverty around the world. In her latest book Manifesto for a Moral Revolution, Novogratz outlines the essential leadership practices needed for anyone who seeks to leave this world better than they found it.

Award winning poet, short-story writer and novelist Kate Clanchy is also a teacher who wants to change the world and thinks school is an excellent place to do it. In her award winning book Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, she explains how she nurtured her multicultural poetry group, full of migrants and refugees, watching them find their voice and produce work of heart-breaking brilliance. The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson, was published in 2018 and takes us from birth to death, from A&E to the mortuary, and is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, consideration and kindness. Her second non-fiction book, The Courage to Care is a vital and timely book about inspirational nurses, and the bravery of patients and families. 


Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday 3rd April. Keep an eye on our Events page to see which you want to come along to. 


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