In September I spoke about Jersey: Secrets of the Sea at the Jersey Festival of Words at the Library in St Helier. This is my fourth time speaking at the Festival, and it’s always a pleasure to be part of such a high-profile event that is doing so much to put Jersey on the cultural map.
My talk focused on the compelling life story of T.B. Davis – the poor Victorian boy who was chastised for stealing chestnuts in the grounds of a grand house. He vowed one day to return and tear that house down stone by stone, brick by brick. In the end, the prophecy was fulfilled. He went on to earn a fortune in Africa, yet all the money in the world was not enough to spare him from the tragedy of the twentieth century. Today the grounds of that long-forgotten house are Howard Davis Park, named in honour of his son who fell in the Great War.
I was delighted by the enthusiastic reception to the talk and it’s great to see audiences enjoying some of the most evocative and moving true stories from Jersey’s past.
I also reprised the Titanic story from Jersey: Secrets of the Sea – White Star, Blue Iceberg – for charity at the Lounge for Macmillan on Burrard Street. This is an amazing venue – it’s where Big Maggy’s bike and coffee shop used to be. Featuring neon decor and stylish interior design it is a perfect community arts venue – and all for an exceptionally good cause. You can find out more about Jersey Macmillan here and I highly recommend dropping by the Lounge for coffee and cake!