September 25, 2022

First with the Alderney News

Literary Festival organiser’s delight at Alderney novel news

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Founder of the Alderney Literary Festival Dr Isabel Picornell had no idea until this morning that Anthony Horowitz’s new novel was to be set on the island.

This week she announced the Alderney Literary Trust had been forced to cancel this year’s event, scheduled for March,  because of COVID restrictions. Last year’s event was cancelled for the same reason.

Dr Picornell only learned the news about Horowitz’s new book after details from publisher Penguin were shared via Twitter.

“When I found out I was speechless. I had absolutely no idea that Anthony Horowitz had set his new novel in Alderney. To have an author of his calibre do that is fantastic for the Island. And to set it at the Alderney Literary Festival… it’s hard to take in!

After having to cancel the festival twice, this news couldn’t have come at a better time. We are delighted!

Dr Picornell

Horowitz had visited Alderney for the first time after Tobin Collier and Ethan Gillingham wrote to him, inviting him to come to the first Alderney Literary Trust Young People’s Festival.

Horowitz said he received many such requests but was piqued with their descriptions of the Island.

Dr Picornell said the author had taken a strong interest in Alderney while here, hiring a car and staying for several days.

“Many authors have come to the festival and have loved their stay because they community embraces them. They feel part of it. It sets the Alderney Literary Festival apart from the others that they go to and they often want to come back.

We will be getting in touch with Anthony Horowitz to see if he would like to launch his book here!

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