Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A love affair with Guernsey...

I find myself in the throngs of a love affair.  Not with a man.  Not with a person, in fact. 

No, it's the lovely island country of Guernsey that I have suddenly become enamored with.

You see, I entirely blame Martine of the iMake podcast for starting this fascination.  She is a born & raised Guernsey resident, and still lives, works and crafts there.  Since discovering her podcast, I have become more intrigued by the island, and have also been learning something of a place I knew so little about.

How is it, for instance, that I did not know about the German occupation of Guernsey during World War II?  I knew all of Europe had been involved or affected by WWII, and certainly much of the UK was left mangled (London, especially).  Yet the the Channel islands were somehow left out of the equation for me.  Strange.

I think it's been this time period - the German occupation - that has really stirred up my interest.  It doesn't help that I have, at Martine's suggestion, picked up the audiobook version of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society novel, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, and am listening to it this week.  The story is set in post-WWII, with a young female writer corresponding with Guernsey residents about the German occupation.  The entire book is written in letters.  It really is a lovely read.  It's the kind of story I wish I had thought of first.

However, all of this has stirred my creative pot, and I, vastly experienced screenwriter that I am (not), have come up with an interesting story/movie idea.  I shall put it aside for now, as my current project requires my attention, but I shan't forget about it. 

4 comments:

  1. Oooh I am so thrilled! I wish to volunteer myself as 'Guernsey Consultant' for the project when you pick it up! Keep me posted! :-)

    Martine

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  2. Have you seen the series "Island at War"? Our local library has it-totally worth seeing. Sadly the second season was never produced.

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  3. No, but this sounds interesting. I'll look it up next time I go to the library.

    thanks!
    Ursa

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