The fifth Guernsey Literary Festival promises an exciting mix of talks and workshops by well-known fiction and non-fiction writers from the Channel Islands and further afield. Lasting five days and centred on the picturesque capital of St Peter Port, near the boutique beauty of The Duke of Richmond (and the only five-star hotel on the island, Old Government House), visitors will rarely find themselves far from either great food or heartfelt hospitality. Here, we selected some festival highlights that will appeal to bookworms, families, intellectuals and holiday-makers alike.
One of Britain’s leading sports broadcasters, Clare Balding’s first book, My Animals and Other Family, won biography of the year at the 2012 National Book Awards. Here she recounts inspirational tales from her second book (which focused on walking around Britain) alongside stories from her childhood (surrounded by animals), plucked from her first children’s book, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop.
A Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College Oxford, Peter Frankopan has left some of the more conventional historical lenses behind and chosen to focus on Central Asia in his international bestseller, The Silk Roads. Explaining how this shift in perspective changes views on both the past and the present; it also throws up some interesting questions on future geopolitical trends.
Taking hostages must rank as one of the world’s oldest businesses. Caesar, for instance, was famously taken by pirates. But the game has got much more complex. Here, to take people through the experience of negotiating for the release of hostages and his own five years in solitary confinement), Terry Waite speaks about the work of the organisation he founded (Hostage UK), as well as some of the incidents he’s persevered through.
Crowned in Kingston, Athelstan was the king who made England a viable project. Yet he’s lauded as much as many of the kingdom’s past rulers. Here to set the record straight, Tom Holland talks about the man who forged one nation out of a land divided, and reminds his audience that the making of England was never inevitable.
L. J. Flanders
Most people locked in a small cell for 23 hours a day might not be too happy. Not so L. J. Flanders, who trained to become a personal trainer using body weight exercises whilst inside. Here he shares his tips on working within a limited space, without the help of free-weights or a gym.
The critically acclaimed Sebastian Faulks is best known for his WWI novel, Birdsong, but at the Guernsey Literary Festival he’ll be interviewed on his whole body of work by Charlie Campbell, author and fellow member of Authors XI, an infamous cricket team who travel around the world together to indulge in their favourite sport.
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