Promoting the enjoyment of literature on the Channel Island of Alderney
An Alderney Literary Trust Murder Mystery
Saturday 26 November

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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 sponsored by



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Alderney: a relaxing oasis in the English Channel

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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.


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.

The Festival takes place over a long weekend every March in the historic Island Hall, Alderney's seat of government, built in 1763. We keep audiences small to create an intimate and friendly feel to this 'salon' style gathering of historians, biographers, novelists, and fans of historical fiction and non-fiction. In 2017, we inaugurated a special speaker slot - the Festival's Debut Novelist - inviting a new author who we believe is one to watch for the future.

In this Festival, history is explored through biographies, thrillers and crime stories, the fantastical and the supernatural, romance, adventure, warfare and political analysis. Our guest authors bring fresh insights into old events, reinterpret them in the light of new evidence, and make history relevant to the present time.

The Alderney Literary Festival 2023 is sponsored by


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Aderney Literary Trust  News


A New Sponsor for the Alderney Literary Trust

September 2022

A NEW sponsor for The Alderney Literary Trust will enable it to increase its impact on the community.

Ravenscroft has committed to sponsoring the Trust, having initially been one of the sponsors of the 2022 Alderney Literary Festival.

‘The sponsorship has come as a blessing, and the Trust is super excited to partner with Ravenscroft. Their support will help the Trust to support more of these events and undertake more charitable initiatives to increase its impact in the wider community,’ said Isabel Picornell, founder and trustee of Alderney Literary Trust. ‘It’s fantastic that a company which is so new to the island is already making a commitment to the community.’

The investment services company recently opened an office at 38, High Street to offer its range of investments to Alderney, where it already has a number of clients. ‘Supporting the communities within which we operate is central to the Ravenscroft ethos. We have offices in Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man and the UK and are proud of the charities, schools, sports, voluntary organisations and community events which we sponsor. By doing so, it allows us to see clients and meet new ones and is our way of thanking the communities for the support they have given us,’ said group managing director Mark
Bousfield. ‘The Alderney Literary Trust has some exciting plans for the coming year, and we look
forward to being involved.’

Anthony Horowitz sets latest book on Alderney

August 2021

Bestselling author Anthony Horowitz's new book - A Line to Kill - was 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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