The Guernsey Literary Festival programme for May 2014 just keeps getting better and better! We're thrilled to bits to announce that Cathy Cassidy and Bali Rai will be putting on events, and an exciting family performance - The Wimpy Kids Show - is sure to delight readers of all ages. Bali Rai has previously been to Guernsey for Book Week, and he was so popular we couldn't resist asking him to return!:
We were honoured that Louis de Bernières was able to present prizes to the winners of The Write Stuff competition at our special interim event, An Evening with Louis de Bernières. The title was The Basement and big congratulations go to the winners:
Up to 11 years old: Yrs4/5/6
1st Prize: Tia Timms: La Mare de Cartaret Primary - scroll down to read Tia's story
2nd Prize: Jessica Roberts: Notre Dame du Rosaire
3rd Prize: Dominic Taylor: Notre Dame du Rosaire
Up to 14 years old: Yrs 7/8/9
1st Prize: Kariss Craig: Blanchelande College - scroll down to read Kariss' story
2nd Prize: William Roberts: Beaucamps
3rd Prize: Christopher Brooks: Elisabeth College
16 years old plus: Yr 10 plus
1st Prize: Scott Cleveland : Grammar School - scroll down to read Scott's story
2nd Prize: Alex Moorshead: Elizabeth College
Liam Hussey: Le Murier
READ THE WINNING STORIES
1st Prize Winner - Year 4/5/6 Category
Tia Timms - La Mare de Carteret Primary School
It’s funny you know I can never find a matching pair of socks when I’m getting dressed in the mornings. Mum blames it on the sock eating monster which lives in the basement and steals the socks out of the washing baskets. I don’t believe her but I am still scared of going down into the basement.
One day I was playing hide and seek with my sister. I looked under the bed, behind the curtains, under the table and in the garden shed. I couldn’t find her, but I found some old socks. “ Could she be in the basement ? “ I went to look in the basement even if I am scared. I opened the door slowly, the door creaked open, I could hear my sister chatting to someone. So I walked down the stairs slowly and I creeped behind her and shouted “ BOO “. She said “ssh, you will scare him “.
“ Who, there isn’t anyone there “, I said. My sister opened her hand and on it was a big, black spider you have ever seen. I fell right back onto the floor. I didn’t like spiders. I got up quickly off the floor and ran around the basement with my sister following me.
Mum shrieked I ran up quickly. It was my sister she had drawn all over the lounge walls. Mum asked where my sister was, I giggled to myself. “ Yes, she’s hiding in the basement, but be careful: she’s not alone “.
THE WRITE STUFF
1st Prize Winner - Year 10+ Category
Scott Cleveland - The Grammar School
RAGNAROK INVASION DAY 156
In a ruined fortress on a ruined planet Captain Brooks walked up to a collapsed alien.
“ You ok Taivian ? “ Captain Brooks asked. Taivian raised one of his four arms, showing blood splattered across his thick environment suit.
“ Exhausted... “ Taivian’s voice rasped through his respirator. “ Spent 5 hours in medical tents... used electro-kinesis to keep other’s brain activity going...” he gasped. “ Had to... threaten medics into treating Changelings... You believe that ? Actually ... Do you know where the Changeling Queen is ? “
“ Changelings ! “ Brooks snorted derisively, “ You shouldn’t have bothered saving them in the first place. Queen Chrysalis can’t be trusted.”
“ That’s not fair, “ Taivian growled pulling himself to his feet, “ I know what happened 4 years ago, everyone walked away from that alive. And right now we need all the help we can get regardless of past animosity. “
“ You said yourself that they had been working with the Kronos until Queen Chrysalis ‘ realised what their true plans were ‘. You should have left their hives to burn... “
Taivian’s fist smacked into Brook’s head. Before he knew it Taivian had him pinned against a wall, lightening crackling from one hand. “ I know you’re angry, “ Taivian snarled. “ I know you’re scared. But you spoke like the Kronos Commander just then. You can’t become like them. If you do... we’ve already lost. “ Brooks suddenly realised the hurt in his friend’s voice.
“ What happened between you and Chrysalis ? “ Brooks asked softly. “ She didn’t choose to be born a monster. When I was captured, the Kronos had broken me. I was going to blow containment on my suit, kill myself before I revealed anything important. Chrysalis was in there with me, she saved me, pulled me back. We broke out that night.”
“Sorry, you’re right” Brooks whispered gently. “She’s hiding in the basement. But be careful, she’s not alone.
THE WRITE STUFF
1st Prize Winner - Year 7/8/9 Category
Kariss Craig - Blanchelande College
I’d known Melanie Redding since I was seven years old. She was annoyingly good at everything but so nice, so unselectively nice, it was impossible to hate her.
A few years ago she discovered her talent for story telling. Horror stories. She’d tell these ghostly stories in chilling voices, just scary enough for you to remember them in the middle of the night. There would be stories of wailing nuns in bloody gowns, forgotten children whimpering in towers. She’d learn true stories to scare us even more.
One day, they ruined her. She gave herself nightmares about ghosts and white women. She came to school one day with her blonde bouncy hair flat, her blue eyes dull. She told us her stories, her characters, they were all real.
After a while she just stopped coming into classes. She stopped coming to school altogether, we were worried and frightened. Perfect little Melanie? Haunted? Our teachers told us she had some kind of illness. Not one of us believed them. Definitely a haunting.
No one would go to her house to deliver homework or check if she’s OK. That’s why I’m here now, banging the knocker on her door. Her mother answers. “ Can I help you Ruby ? “ she asks. “ I was just looking for Melanie. May I see her ? “ I say, trembling. “ Yes, she’s hiding in the basement, but be careful: she’s not alone “.
The Last Kings of Sark Book Signing
Having spoken at the Guernsey Literary Festival in 2012, in November Rosa Rankin-Gee returned to sign copies of The Last Kings of Sark at The Press Bookshop - now her novel has been published by Virago.
Rosa confessed that she was hoping to have sold 'about 10 copies' but sales far, far exceeded her modest expectations! In brief pauses between signings, Rosa was kept busy signing more copies. A few of these still remain so, if you missed her, you might be able to get your hands on a signed copy if you hurry!
Signed or not, The Last Kings of Sark is a fantastic read and, as the weather gets colder, it will transport you to glorious summer days in Sark.
The Press Bookshop is offering £2 off up until Christmas, bringing down the price of this hardback edition to £12.99, and one (unsigned) trade paperback copy is available with a £2.00 discount, making it £10.99. This is a book which is lovely to have in hardback, as it is guaranteed to earn its place on your bookshelf as a favourite you'll want to return to again and again.
Our Education and Community Director is working on an exciting programme for schools and community groups to take part in during the Festival 2014. We are pleased to announce that Spud and Yam, dynamic duo Kate Corkery and Winston Nzinga will be entertaining KS1 pupils with a rich mix of music and stories inspired by their Celtic and Caribbean roots. More events will be announced very soon!
Note to teachers: if you are interested in your school taking part in our Schools Programme 2014 , please contact Elizabeth Went at email@example.com
The Guernsey Literary Festival relies on funding from sponsors and patrons in order to secure top authors and poets and to subsidise the events for the community.
If you are already a Patron thank you again for your support.
Guernsey offers a unique cultural history, stunning surroundings and a haven for foodies. It’s a blend of England and France, with the picturesque harbour town of St Peter Port providing the perfect atmosphere for staging literary events.
Discovered by writers like Victor Hugo and MervynPeake,the Bailiwick of Guernsey's beauty and prosperity make it a desirable travel destination.
Idyllic beaches, superb cliff walks and award-winning restaurants serving local seafood mean that a visit to our islands – even during the Literary Festival - is not just a book thing.