The hunt is on to find a new author who will take Joey – the Channel Islands’ iconic little yellow Aurigny airplane – on a new adventure, 30 years after his last one.
The original series of six books saw Joey flying through thunderstorms to save Snorter the bull, tackling oil slicks, solving crimes and dealing with a mischievous stunt plane. The last book was written by Peter Seabourne in 1982 and now the organisers of the Guernsey Literary Festival hope to find a budding author to continue the little plane’s story and keep him in the skies long after the real Joey retires this year.
Aurigny CEO Mark Darby said: “Joey the Trislander is such a iconic member of the Aurigny fleet and, although he will be taking retirement this year, he will remain an integral part of what makes our airline so loved by islanders. To continue his story in this way will be a wonderful opportunity for any budding authors.”
And if you need some tips before you put pen to paper, Aurigny and the Guernsey Literary Festival are holding a free children’s book writing workshop on Saturday 8 March at Les Cotils in Guernsey. It will be led by Danish children’s writer Lene Kaaberbol who won the Nordic Children’s Book Prize in 2004.
The new story needs to be 450-500 words and the competition is open to all Channel Island residents over the age of 18. It will be revealed during this year’s Guernsey Literary Festival in May when there will also be two readings of the previous Joey books.
In addition to seeing their story online at www.joeyfunzone.com where it will be illustrated and narrated, the winner will receive a pair of return tickets on any Aurigny flight to the UK.
Entry forms can be found on www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com and the deadline is 5pm on Friday 28 March.
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