JT is to become Technical Sponsor to the Guernsey Literary Festival for 2014. This is the second time JT has helped facilitate the technology for the event, which will be the island’s third large scale literary festival that brings a diverse range of high profile local, UK and international speakers to the island. The festival not only serves the local community, but also attracts new visitors to the Bailiwick and will take place between 15-18 May.
Catriona Stares, Guernsey Literary Festival Director said: ‘We are delighted that JT has agreed to be our Technical sponsor for 2014. The world of books, as with music and indeed films, continues to become increasingly digitised and to have JT’s support is vital in providing a modern literary festival that can provide a range of events and initiatives to suit all ages and tastes. This year’s festival will be even bigger and better than last year as we explore the many ways in which stories and poetry can be shared and experienced.’
JT is supporting the organisers of the Guernsey Literary Festival by powering and providing the technology which will enable them to showcase the changing world of digital publishing. JT will also be supporting the Literary Technology Centre at the Guille-Alles Library to help enable the public to go and engage with the latest devices and software.
Tamara O’Brien, Deputy Managing Director, JT (Guernsey) said: ‘The Guernsey Literary Festival is a unique event that we are proud to once again be supporting this year. As the CI’s largest mobile community JT recognise the pace of technology, and as such we are currently investing in a fibre network that will future proof Guernsey’s communication network for future generations. This huge investment will help to ensure our children are educated at a higher level compared to other jurisdictions and to further help provide schools with digital connectivity. In addition it will enable consumers and business to take full advantage of all the benefits technology delivers, as we all become more digitised. Because of this, this partnership makes the perfect vehicle to help celebrate our support for promoting Guernsey’s children in embracing technology.’
The festival offers islanders and visitors the chance to interact with some leading authors and poets in a fantastic setting, as well as some exciting initiatives around digital learning and engaging children.
The list of speakers announced so far includes award-winning characters from the literary world such as media personality, Janet Street Porter; novelists, Esther Freud and Stephen May; journalist Kate Adie; poet Luke Wright; historian Dr Lucy Worsley; poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion; children’s author, Nick Butterworth; teenage writer, Cathy Cassidy and CBeebies presenters Cerrie Burnell and Alex Winters.
You can follow the Guernsey Literary Festival on Twitter: @GuernseyLitFest or on Facebook, with further information on guernseyliteraryfestival.com
Further information about JT can be found at: www.jtglobal.com