Promoting the enjoyment of literature on the Channel Island of Alderney
2021 Literary Festival Update

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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 events; 

  • promote an appreciation of different styles of writing, and an understanding of how writers’ points of view can shape their stories;

  • 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

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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.


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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 Festival audiences by making history accessible and fascinating, providing new insight into understanding the past and making it relevant now in our own time.

For details of our next Literary Festival, please go to our Festival page here.


We would like to thank our private and business sponsors, the States of Alderney, Guernsey Arts Commission, and Guernsey Economic Development, for their continuing support of the Alderney Literary Festival.


Abir Mukherjee

Abir Mukherjee

Alex von Tunzelmann

Alex von Tunzelmann

Bringing readers and authors together


October 20, 2020

The Suspense Event Creative Writing Workshop Saturday, 14 November 2020

Join bestselling thriller-writer Rachel Abbott in a creative writing workshop, The Suspense Event, to explore some of the techniques of successful suspense writing. No matter what type of story you are telling, whether romance or thriller, suspense is an essential tool to keep your reader’s attention.

March 13, 2020

Cancelled: Alderney Literary Festival 20-22 March2020

In consideration of the developing situation with COVID-19, it is with great regret that the organisers of Alderney Literary Festival have taken the decision to cancel this year's Literary Festival.

This decision has not been taken lightly and has taken into account current advice from Government sources concerning travel, our island demographics, and the progression of this disease.

Air and accommodation cancellations should be made directly with the providers.


The Alderney Literary Trust apologises for the inconvenience this will cause. Please do watch out for future news of events when travel becomes unrestricted.

August 26, 2019

Alderney Literary Festival 20-22 March 2020

Preparations are in earnest for the 6th Alderney Literary Festival of Historical Literature. To be kept abreast of developments and receive advance information on ticket sales, sign up to our Newsletter in the Contacts page.

June 13, 2018

Louis de Bernières in Alderney on 08 September

International best-selling novelist, Louis De Bernières, will be in Alderney on Saturday 8th September 2018, providing islanders and visitors with a rare opportunity to meet this master storyteller. Louis, who is probably best known for his fourth novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, will be presenting his latest book, So Much Life Left Over, and talking about his work in two events.

May 15, 2017

​Ann Cleeves brings Shetland to Alderney

Ann Cleeves, Sunday Times bestseller and author of the popular Vera Stanhope and Shetland series of crime fiction books and TV programmes will be visiting Alderney on 22/23 June. Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet and listen to the UK's "Queen of Crime".

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