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Library encourages novel writing

Library encourages novel writing

Thursday 11 November 2021

Library encourages novel writing

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To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, the Guille-Allès Library is hosting two special events to support local writers.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in November. Hundreds of thousands of people take part all over the world – including in Guernsey.

To support people on their writing journey, on Wednesday 17 November the Library will welcome writers for an after-hours ‘Write In’. Whether halfway through the 50,000 word challenge, or starting from scratch and in need of inspiration, this event offers the space and motivation for writers to get going.

Then at the conclusion of NaNoWriMo, on Wednesday 1 December writers can attend an Open Mic Night to read their work aloud in front of a supportive audience and hear what other people have been working on.

Adam Bayfield, Head of Marketing & Customer Services, said: “Writing 50,000 words in a month might sound daunting, but whether or not people complete the challenge it’s a great incentive to get cracking on that novel you’ve always wanted to write. At the Library we are always keen to support creativity and especially creative writing as much as we can, and we hope these events will offer help and encouragement to local writers as they take on the challenge.”

All writers are welcome at these events, whether taking part in NaNoWriMo or not. Tickets for both events, plus a collection of tips, guides and resources for writers, can be found HERE. 


National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel. More information about NaNoWriMo can be found HERE. 

Events are continuing as normal at the Library, though with certain extra measures in place. Anyone attending an event is encouraged to take a lateral flow test beforehand. Face coverings are not mandatory in the Library, but attendees should bring one with them to wear when physical distancing isn’t possible.

For more information about this, contact Adam Bayfield (Head of Marketing) on 743634 or


The Guille-Allès Library has been at the heart of life in Guernsey for over 130 years. Founded by lifelong friends Thomas Guille and Frederick Allès in 1888, their original vision was for the Library to become a hub for culture, learning, and community – and more than a century later, our goal remains the same.

Through our vast collection of books, films, music, digital resources and other media, as well as frequent events for adults and children, we enrich lives and boost well-being throughout the community, with equality of access for all.

For more information about the Library visit their website.

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