Record ticket sales as literary festival under way

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A RECORD number of tickets have been sold for this year’s Guernsey Literary Festival.

Dr Rangan Chatterjee is giving a talk on how simple things can have a huge benefit on health

The four-day arts festival, celebrating all things book-related, returns today with a wide range of events, some of which have already sold out.

Based in St Peter Port, venues such as St James, the festival hub in Market Square and the Guille-Alles Library, will be hosting a variety of different speakers.

Writers, poets, media personalities, sports competitors, scientists, economists and people the literary festival have described as ‘truly inspirational’, will all be taking part.

Speakers this year include BBC Newsnight presenter and economist Evan Davis, inspiring speaker Katie Piper, best-selling novelists Ruth Hogan and Rachel Joyce, Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray, folk music legend Peggy Seeger, Coronation Street actor and writer Denise Welch, scientist Steve Jones, rock music journalist David Hepworth, and poets Daljit Nagra and Murray Lachlan Young.

Festival-goers will also have the chance to see sports endurance specialists Mimi Anderson and Juliana Buhring as well as one of the UK’s foremost experts on Brexit, Anand Menon.

Doctor, television presenter and documentary maker, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, will be giving a talk on how simple things can have a huge benefit on health.

There will also be the opportunity to hear from historical writer, Duncan Barrett who will talk about his new book on the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, based on 100 different interviews.

The festival is running a full education and community programme, with events for children, workshops and discussions for local writers and music.

There are many more speakers on the programme, for more details and tickets visit,


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