The Sarnia Sword Club in Guernsey celebrates it's 50th anniversary this month, and through the years has seen some famous members including Desmond and Joan Bagley. Revealed in this story is perhaps an intriguing case of 'from fencing piste to page’.
A Guernsey memory of Desmond Bagley and his arbalest crossbow, a weapon mentioned in his 1964 novel High Citadel.
The staff at the Guille-Allés Library in St. Peter Port, Guernsey recently discovered a number archived books from the library of Desmond Bagley, 34 years after they were donated by his widow Joan Bagley in 1984.
A new Desmond Bagley archive collection has been established at the Priaulx Library in Guernsey. Designed to complement the Desmond Bagley collection held at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center in Boston U.S.A., the new collection will provide a link between the Bailiwick and Boston giving islanders and visitors a chance to view Bagley material in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Today, Friday 11th May, Guernsey’s eighth Blue Plaque was unveiled by the Bailiff Sir Richard John Collas to honour the thriller writer Desmond Bagley and his wife Joan Bagley. The Blue Plaque was issued under the auspices of Guernsey Museums and is only the second on the island to recognise an author.
Desmond Bagley’s article about the Channel Island of Guernsey, ‘A little peace of Britain’, published in February 1980, in the magazine of The British Tourist Authority, 'In Britain', is today republished after 38 years.