Jersey Authors and Writers

Good to see you here.  I am an aspiring author from Jersey writing children’s books in my spare time.

I have been researching Jersey authors and it is surprisingly hard to find any information. Wikipedia has a very out dated page and a few individuals come up but that is about it.

I am considering setting up a website just for authors/writers from, or living in, Jersey in the Channel Islands.  I have a draft website set up just to see how it would work – check it out here

Some local Jersey authors are listed below (in no particular order) but I am hoping to contact everyone and set up a formal list soon. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, I am adding to it as I get time. If you would like to be on this list or to be removed from this list please contact me at annastylesjsy@gmail.com 

Caroline Lea, author of The Glass Woman and When The Sky Fell Apart. Find her books at Amazon. I  am actually fortunate enough to have been one of Caroline’s best friends from Jersey College for Girls as well as her birthday buddy! Her work is brilliant, so intelligent and enthralling. Caroline’s last book was published by Penguin.

Will Smith (not THAT Will Smith). Will Smith is a comedian and author of Mainlander. I saw him in a gig in Jersey and thought he was hilarious. Find his book on Amazon.

Alan Jeffries has written a series of children’s books for his grandson and they are available in the co-op store in the Island as well as various other retailers. Alan is a Genuine Jersey member.

Growing up I read the Joey books by Peter Seabourne, which were a series of books about the small yellow Aurigny planes that used to travel between the Channel Islands.  I found this article giving an update in 2014 about the series and it seems there was a book made called Joey and the Penguins written by Susie Gallienne and published in 2014 but it is not available.

James Sillwood runs a Jersey Writer’s Group which has a Facebook page for local authors called Jersey Writers Social Group.

The Blonde Plotters are a trio of blonde Jersey authors who have successfully published a number of books. In 2019 they launched what looks like an amazing virtual literary festival called My VLF. Check out a VLF Launch video here.

Tessa Barrie (a pseudonym) writes a blog called Tessa Barrie’s Lost Blogs that includes information about local authors.

Dreena Jane Collins, author of The Day I Nearly Drowned and The Blue Hour, both collections of short stories.

Juanita Shield-Laignel is an author and has written articles successfully for years. She is also the editor of Jersey Life a popular Jersey magazine which you should definitely check out!

Erren Michaels, author of Jersey Legends and Jersey Ghost Stories. You can find her books for sale at Good Reads and Amazon. Erren was a judge at the Festival Of Words Jersey in 2018 and the Jersey Evening Post shared some of her advice.

Penny Byrne, author of Seymour’s Seaside Picnic. This is the link to the 2019 Festival of Words workshop details.

Paul Darroch has written a collection of seafaring tales including White Star, Blue Iceberg Jersey’s Titanic Story and Jersey: Secrets of the Sea. Paul is a member of Genuine Jersey.

Danielle Le Brun is a local artist who has written tales about a dog called Oscar, her first book being Oscar the Dog Learns to Fly. Danielle is a member of Genuine Jersey. As at September 2019 the links for Danielle are no longer working so I am not sure whether the books are still available.

Abigail Summer, author of Colette can be found on Facebook.

There is a beautifully designed website called Creators HQ for creators in Jersey and this lists the local writers here.

Please send details of any other Jersey writers that I can add to this page and the Jersey Writers website to annastylesjsy@gmail.com

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