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New Chair for Jersey Festival of Words is "brimming with ideas"

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Tuesday 20 February 2024

New Chair for Jersey Festival of Words is "brimming with ideas"

Tuesday 20 February 2024


Jersey's literary festival has announced its first change of Chair since the organisation was founded almost a decade ago.

The Jersey Festival of Words was launched in 2015 with the aim of promoting a love of the written and spoken word in various styles and settings throughout the island.

Organisers yesterday announced the appointment of broadcast journalist Lucy Cotter as the festival’s new Chair, after Jennifer Bridge MBE stepped down from the role in December after nine years.

Ms Cotter, who has worked for Sky and ITV, has previously hosted events at the literary festival. 

She will now be responsible for overseeing and shaping the direction of the event. 

This year's festival will take place between 20 and 29 September and will feature a range of talks, interviews, and performances across venues like The Freedom Centre and Jersey Library.

Ms Bridge said: "Lucy is a long-time supporter of the Festival and is well-known to the community.

"She will bring fresh energy and enthusiasm to the role and is brimming with ideas.”

Ms Cotter said: “It’s a huge honour to be joining the Festival of Words as Chair. 

"Jennifer and the team have created a wonderful event and I’m so looking forward to getting involved."

She added: "Book festivals are very special and hopefully, we can encourage even more people to enjoy what we have in store this year.” 

Ms Cotter began her career working on the BBC’s Daily Politics Show in 2005 and has presented on London Tonight, ITV 2, Sky News and Sky Arts.

She was presenter and producer for the channel’s first Hay on Sky series alongside Mariella Fostrup, and has reported from major award ceremonies and red carpet events. 

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