Guernsey has had such an exciting time in the last week, when Hollywood came here for the Guernsey premiere of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society film. I tried really hard to win tickets to the black tie premiere event or the special preview screening, but to no avail.
I had to make do with the ITV facebook livestream of the red carpet event, with the lovely Lily James, Greg Powell, Sir Tom Courtenay, producer Paula Manzur, director Mike Newell and screenwriter Thomas Bezucha strutting their stuff.
I’ve also been following Lily’s official instagram feed and was completely delighted to find photos of her in very familiar Guernsey locations – including Cobo, Fermain Bay, the Little Chapel and in the little alleyway in between Town Church and the Albion pub – dazzling in stunning Valentino, thanks to her (Guernsey!) stylist, Rebecca Corbin-Murray.
The Guernsey Literary Festival has also launched early with some special Potato Peel talks, and I was at St James on Saturday to hear local film aficionado and presenter Wynter Tyson interview producer Paula Mazur, co-novelist Annie Barrows and screenwriter Thomas Bezucha (modelling a brand-new Guernsey, btw) about bringing the novel to the big screen. Really fascinating (and moving) insights with some interesting questions from the floor. PS Paula said she’d never been treated to such a great black tie premiere before, so well done Guernsey!
Guernsey is well and truly in the limelight right now. Here’s a great short film about the history behind the film, on the Telegraph website, made by the film producers. And here’s Lily James’ interview in Saturday’s Times… She’s even wearing Guernsey wool whilst being interviewed!
I’m a big fan of the novel (think it’s time for a re-read) and I really do have the tea towel. My friend Athene Sholl is a jewellery designer and even has her own range of gorgeous potato peel-themed jewellery (you can take a look at her Etsy shop here.) Another friend, Jessica, is running a Guernsey giveaway competition on her instagram page/blog The Open Home. I just need to watch the movie now.