Category Archives: Film, Poetry and Prose

Poems on the Buses – series 3

Sunday saw the launch of the third series of Poems on the Buses.  All 33 Islands Coachways buses are now exhibiting works by local poets of all ages.  

The competition, which encouraged locals from all over the island to submit poetry on the theme of Memories, saw submissions rise this year and ended well into the hundreds, many of which came from children as young as eleven. 

Catriona Stares, one of the Guernsey Arts Commissioners and one of the organisers of the event has been absolutely thrilled with this year’s competition “The task of judging has been more difficult this year, the number of entrants and the quality of their work has been fantastic.  Whilst one or two entries arrived from established local poets, the great majority received were from first-timer writers, many of whom have never exhibited their work in this way before which makes the event even more exciting”

Each successful poem has been printed on to posters to occupy a large interior panel on one of the thirty-three buses and will appear along with an exciting new Poems on the Buses logo created by local illustrator, Ryan de Haaff.

An island-wide Competition for bus-travelling Poetry Spotters has been launched in conjunction with the new poems. Details of this along with entry forms can be obtained from the Visit Guernsey Offices, the Guille Alles library, and other locations around the island as well as on the Guernsey Arts Commission Website.

Check out Gary Burgess’ report on the BBC Guernsey website:


We Want You!

Have an idea but need money to get it off the ground?  Guernsey Arts Commission could help!

The next date for funding applications is looming.  You have until Monday 1 March to get your application in.

In 2009 we supported over 50 projects ranging from music to theatre, film to poetry and this year we want to support more.  We are looking for exciting, creative and different projects to support financially throughout 2010.  So if you have an idea, contact us we would love to hear from you.

You can download an application form from our website or you can come in and collect one from our offices.  We are based in the Guernsey Information Centre, just opposite the Crown Pier.

If you have any questions regarding the application process you can call Jo – the new Arts Development Office on 749268 and she’ll be happy to help answer any queries you may have.

NT Live: Nation Jan 30th 2010

Following the successes of Phedre and All’s Well That Ends Well, we will be hosting another fantasic live screening from the National Theatre on Saturday 30th January 2010 at the Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts, beginning at 1.45.

So, what’s it all about?


based on a novel by Terry Pratchett
adapted by Mark Ravenhill

A parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other’s language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe’s fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation.

Oh I think you think I want to eat you but – no no no – I am offering you afternoon tea – over there – in one hour. 

Following His Dark Materials, Coram Boy and War Horse, the National stages Mark Ravenhill’s exhilarating adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Nation, his latest witty and challenging adventure story.

There’s no demons, no gods. Just me. And the waves and the sun and birth and death. And there’s no reason for anything. I’m sorry: that’s just the way it seems to me.

Suitable for 10yrs+

If the last few NT Live events are anything to go by you’ll be wanting to get your tickets fast!  Log on to , call the box office on 749999, or pop into The Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts, Beau Sejour, Candie Museum or the Guernsey Information Centre to purchase.

Super 8 workshop – view the films made

Local film makers, film enthusiast and those who just wanted to give it a go took part in our Super 8MM Film making workshop earlier this year, led by two local film makers and Straight 8 ( finalists Lindsay de Sausmarez and Chris Denton. Super 8 is a fantastic medium and the resulting films posted below really do show how creative you can be with just 3 minutes of film and a soundtrack, made seperately, with no editing…we hope you enjoy the films.

Middles by Mimi Bishop

Fortress Guernsey by Mark Helyar

How to Make Out by Luke Jehan

My Little Black Book by Tom Adkins

The Butter’s Off by Alan Toumine


Contact Louise Gilligan at to loan a Super 8 camera and buy the film.
We will be running another film workshop so watch this space for updates!!

Channel Island Radio Drama Competition Now Launched

Want to hear your script played out on the Radio?

Following on from our Radio Drama Workshops held last Saturday 16th May with BBC Radio 4, the GAC and Jersey Arts Trust have teamed up to host a brand new competition looking for locally written radio dramas. With the chance to have your radio drama actually made and played on air, why wouldn’t you put your pen to paper?
The competition is open to anyone who is a resident of the Channel Islands and the closing deadline is Friday 31st July.
For more details on how to enter download the competition entry form
Radio drama comp leaflet elec

Poems on the Buses – a call for poems

Poems on the Buses is a scheme initiatied in November 2008 by the Film, Poetry and Prose sub-committee to take poetry to the masses while giving local poets a platform. Due to its great reception we are delighted to be able to extend the scheme into the Summer months 2009. The GAC would like to invite you to submit your poem/s for consideration.

Criteria for Submissions:

  •  Poems should not exceed 14 lines in length
  • Must be suitable for public display
  • Must be sent together with your full name and contact details (& age as there is an under 16’s category).
    The deadline for submissions is Friday 17 April.

 Submissions can be emailed to:, or sent
by post to: Poems On The Buses, c/o Island Coachways, Les Banques, St Peter Port, GY1 2HZ.

Poems on the Buses

Poems on the Buses