Promoting the enjoyment of literature on the Channel Island of Alderney

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About the Trust



The Alderney Literary Trust is a charitable trust founded in 2013 on the Channel Island of Alderney to encourage the appreciation of literature and promote critical literacy.


The Trust aims to: 

  • encourage the enjoyment of reading and writing for pleasure through a variety of literary events such as creative writing courses and guest author appearances; 

  • promote an appreciation of different literary genres and writing styles, and how language shapes and transforms our understanding of what we read;

  • inspire readers to develop a deeper awareness of history and its relevance through an annual festival of historical literature.

The Alderney Literary Trust is an associate member of the Historical Writers' Association

Alderney: a relaxing oasis in the English Channel

Whether it is reading a good book or writing one of your own, Alderney's relaxing atmosphere takes you into another world. Its unspoiled open landscapes and dramatic seascapes, its geography, fascinating history, amazing wildlife, and colourful community provide the perfect environment to stimulate and inspire creative minds. 


On Alderney, the past is part of everyday life. A fortress island, Alderney is ringed by Roman, Tudor, Napoleonic, Victorian, and German fortifications, testaments to the Island’s perceived strategic military position in the English Channel through the ages. In keeping with the historical character of the Island, the Alderney Literary Trust holds The Alderney Literary Festival, an annual festival of history-related literature (fiction and non-fiction), attracting bestselling and award winning biographers, historians, novelists and poets to the Island.


Image copyright Neil Howard 

Image copyright Neil Howard 

The Alderney Literary Festival

Each year, the Trust holds the Alderney Literary Festival of Historical Literature, having as its consistent theme the convergence of historical fact and literary fiction. This is a boutique literary festival, kept deliberately small to create a 'salon' feel and encourage interaction between authors and audience.

Over a long weekend, our guest novelists, biographers, and historians talk about their research and approaches to writing, and discuss their interpretation of historical themes, people, and events. They inform and entertain our Festival audience by providing new insight and understanding into the past and making it relevant to our own time.

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Bringing readers and authors together

Our News


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The Alderney LitFest Returns!

Friday, 18th - Sunday, 20th March 2022

After a two-year absence, the Alderney Literary Festival returned in March 2022, with The Blonde Hedgehog Alderney as our Title Sponsor!

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Literally Gothic

Saturday, 16th October 2021


The Alderney Literary Trust launched a new literary event focusing on Gothic Literature at the Methodist Church on Saturday, 16th October - Literally Gothic!

With its bleak windswept landscape, wild seas, abandoned fortifications, and picturesque town, Alderney lends itself to

the gothic mood. At the heart of 'gothic' is the human anxiety and fear of the unknown, which is explored through the literature.

Our deepest thanks go to our guest authors who made the day possible - Xavier Aldana Reyes, Rosie Garland, Andrew Michael Hurley, Karen Maitland, Anna Mazzola (who got up from her sickbed to join us remotely), and the event Chairman, Simon Scarrow.


Anthony Horowitz sets latest book on Alderney

Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz's new book - A Line to Kill - is published on 19 August 2021.

Set at an imaginary Alderney Literary Festival, the investigative duo Hawthorne and Horowitz work their way through dodgy authors, murdered sponsors, even dodgier WW2 history, and FAB (called NAB in the book) feuding locals to get their killer in the end in true Agatha Christie  style!

The real Alderney Literary Festival will never be the same again.

Watch our interview with Anthony Horowitz from our Lit Bites page.

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