Arts Seafront Sunday, 10 June 2018

We are looking forward to Arts Seafront Sunday on 10 June.

Please come and visit our expanded stall this year – including not just our latest range of books about the Channel Islands – we will also be joined by Guernsey Walking Tours, the Guernsey Society, Guernsey Ancestry and Guernsey Art Workshops.

So if you are interested in books, walking tours, researching your family history, art workshops – or Guernsey heritage in general – please come and pay us a visit.

For more details about the day see Arts Seafront Sunday.

Where Seagulls Dare – guided walks in Herm

Our guided walk around Herm with Paul Sherman as part of the Guernsey Literary Festival is now sold out.

However, we may run further events during the summer if there is sufficient interest.

If you would like to register your interest for a future walk, then please Contact Us.

For more details about Paul’s collection of short stories set in Herm – see our Where Seagulls Dare page.

The Silent War by Frank Falla

We are pleased to announce that we shall shortly be republishing “The Silent War” by Frank Falla.

Frank Falla was a journalist in Guernsey during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. By day, he worked on a local newspaper, fighting with the German censor. By night, like many other islanders, he defied the enemy.

After radios were confiscated in 1942, Frank was recruited into the Guernsey Underground News Service (GUNS), bringing BBC news to other islanders, including the Bailiff. This dangerous work carried severe penalties. In 1944, after being betrayed by an informant, Frank and his GUNS friends were deported to Nazi prisons, where they were ill-treated and carried out forced labour.

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Guernsey Literary Festival 10-13 May 2018

It’s great to see three new Blue Ormer books on the Guernsey Literary Festival’s programme for 2018. The festival, now an annual event, has just started announcing the events for this year on their brand new website.

“Guernsey Legends” is a vibrant collection of poetry and paintings by Jane Mosse and Frances Lemmon inspired by Guernsey’s folklore.

Hear them talk about how they found inspiration in tales of ghostly goats, vengeful witches, drunken sailors and lovesick maids on Thursday 10 May at 1pm at the Guille-Allès Library.

 

“John Wilson, Guernsey’s Architect” by Simon Coombe celebrates the work of the architect responsible for some of the island’s finest Regency buildings including Elizabeth College, St James, Castle Carey and the Markets.

Join Simon and friends on 14 May at 6pm for an illustrated talk at St James followed by an optional walking tour around some of Wilson’s works.

“Where Seagulls Dare and other tales from Herm Island” is a collection of short stories set in Herm by Paul Sherman. An eclectic mix that includes two ghost stories, an adventure story, a human-interest story, a comic story and much more – each set in an island location.  

Paul would love to walk you around the island, giving you snippets of the tales as we go. Join him on 10 May at 2pm at Herm harbour.

Zoffany’s Daughter – the countdown begins …

This week sees the launch of Stephen Foster’s new book “Zoffany’s Daughter: Love and Treachery on a Small Island”.

It tells the story of Cecilia Horne, daughter of famous painter, Johan Zoffany, who was imprisoned in Guernsey in 1825 for child abduction.

The official launch is 31 October – but you can pre-order a copy from our online store.

Or come and meet the author at a series of launch events in Guernsey and London.

In Guernsey

  • Saturday 4 November – Book signing, Press Bookshop, Smith Street
  • Tuesday 7 November – Dramatic Book Launch, Guille-Allès Library, 7pm (fully booked)

In London

 

New book – Zoffany’s Daughter by Stephen Foster

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new Blue Ormer book – Zoffany’s Daughter: Love and Treachery on a small island by Stephen Foster.

It tells the true story of Cecilia Horne, daughter of the painter Johan Zoffany, who was imprisoned in Guernsey in 1825 for child abduction.

You can find out more about the book at www.zoffanysdaughter.com.

And you can pre-order your copy on our Zoffany’s Daughter page.

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Stone Witness launch, Priaulx Library 13 May 2017

Richard Fleming (photo: Ciprian Ilie)

Last Saturday saw the launch of Richard Fleming’s new collection of poetry, Stone Witness.

A good sized crowd at the Priaulx Library listened to Richard read a number of poems from the collection, including the title, Stone Witness, commissioned by the BBC for National Poets Day, and inspired by La Gran’mère du Chimquière, the statue-menhir which stands outside St Martins Church.

For more details of Richard’s new collection of poetry, please see Stone Witness.

Stone Witness has arrived!

Richard Fleming with Stone Witness (photo: Jane Fleming)

Stone Witness has just arrived from the printers. And here is the author, Richard Fleming, reviewing the very first copy.

If you would like to know more about Richard and his work – see his blog at http://redhandwriter.blogspot.com/.

We are holding a Book Launch, where Richard will read a selection of his poems, at the Priaulx Library on 13 May at 1pm (click here for the Stone Witness flyer).

If you would like to order a copy – please visit our Online Store.

Book Launch and Poetry Reading – Stone Witness by Richard Fleming

We are delighted to announce the publication of a new collection of poetry from Guernsey’s leading contemporary poet, Richard Fleming.

Stone Witness will be launched at the Priaulx Library on Saturday 13 May at 1pm, where Richard will read a selection of his poems and copies of his book will be available at a special launch price of £5.00 (retail price £6.99).

For more details about the event, click here to download a Stone Witness flyer.

If you are unable to make the event, you can buy your copy from our Online Store and select retail outlets in Guernsey.