The Bagley Legacy

Desmond Bagley at the Guernsey Literary Festival 2018 © Graham Jackson & © Guernsey Literary Festival.

My blog posting has taken a back seat over the last few months as I have been a little preoccupied putting together and coordinating The Bagley Legacy, a multi faceted project promoting the literary legacy of Desmond and Joan Bagley.

Desmond Bagley © Graham Jackson

Two facets of the project run concurrently and will launch at the sixth Guernsey Literary Festival taking place between 10th – 13th May 2018. As a guest speaker I will be talking about Bagley’s ‘novels of action’ and also revealing the little known story of the author’s early life and his journey to becoming a craftsmanlike thriller writer whose novels continue to inspire.

The talk will be complemented by an exhibition at the Guille-Allès Library in St. Peter Port, Guernsey where items of Bagley ephemera, cover artwork and photographs will be on display.

2017 has been a good year for the literary legacy of Desmond Bagley with HarperCollins publishers re-issuing all of his novels in paperback, eBook and unabridged audio book format. 2018 has all the hallmarks of another good year.

Over the coming months leading up to the Literary Festival I’ll post more about the other facets of the project. The project as a whole has the backing of a number of individuals and organisations, to whom I am very grateful for their support. The portrait of Desmond Bagley has kindly been supplied by the Guernsey based photographer Graham Jackson, who is also supporting the project.

Updates will follow detailing the dates for both my talk and the exhibition launch when they are confirmed. If any Bagley fans haven’t yet discovered Guernsey, perhaps May next year might be a good time to visit.

This project is supported by:

The Desmond Bagley Legacy Supporters © pluriform

Addendum 17th March 2018

The Life and Work of Desmond Bagley exhibition has very kindly been granted funding by the Guernsey Arts Commission, whose support and guidance is greatly apprecited.

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Images: © Graham Jackson [not to be reproduced without permission]; © Guernsey Literary Festival.