The Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society | International Conference
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International Conference

Once again Guernsey is inviting the world’s experts on Victor Hugo to come together for a Weekend Conference in St. Peter Port, where Hugo spent 15 creative years. The delegates will enjoy talks, lectures, exhibitions and tours in the great poet’s footsteps.

Additionally, The Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society is preparing one of Hugo’s plays to be performed for the first time in English. The Intervention is a one-act comedy with a social conscience. The play is written as a vaudeville, a theatrical style very popular in the 1860s in France, with themes of love and poverty that are timeless and complex. The Intervention was written in Guernsey in 1866 as part of Hugo’s Théâtre en Liberté but not published until after his death.

The Première performance in English will be on 23rd June. The evening will include a live performance of songs from Les Misérables.

The Programme

Please keep checking this programme. Speakers and their subjects will be publicised once the information becomes available.

Friday 22nd June


Guided tours of the town of St Peter Port and beyond, noticing places on the island that would have been familiar to Victor Hugo during his time of exile. Please join us on an historical journey of discovery in the footsteps of one of the most influential writers of the 19th Century, a man of many talents and passions.
Morning, 09.00 – 12.00. Victor Hugo’s Guernsey
A coach tour with an accredited guide around the island that Hugo so lovingly described in Les Travailleurs de la Mer, with several stops, including Vale Castle, L’Ancresse and Pleinmont.
Duration: 3 hours. Starting from the bus station.
Afternoon, 14.00 – 16.00. Victor Hugo’s St. Peter Port.
A town walk with an accredited guide who will take you through the heart of St Peter Port, on Victor Hugo’s footsteps, via the old harbour, the Plateau Mignot and the old prison, before reaching Candie Garden.
Duration: approximately 2 hours. Starting from the Tourist Information Centre.
Please note that this walk will include steps and some steep hills.
Neither tour will be suitable for those delegates with mobility issues. However, The Society will be delighted to arrange tours for delegates that will address any limitations. Please email the Secretary.

“Hauteville House & the Hugo Family” Exhibition
A free exhibition in the gardens and house of the historic Priaulx Library, Candie. Organised by the Library in conjunction with Maisons Victor Hugo Paris/Guernesey.


5.30 pm Conference Opening Vin d’Honneur at The Candie Museum & Art Gallery

A private reception on the opening day of the Hugo-Visions of Exile exhibition featuring Victor Hugo’s art drawn from Maisons Hugo at Place des Vosges and La Bibliothèque Nationale.
M. Gérard Audinet, Director of Maisons Victor Hugo Paris/Guernesey will talk about the works on view.
By invitation only, included in the “Delegate Package.”

Supported by BNP Paribas.

7.30 pm Conference dinner at Les Cotils Centre. Harry Bound Room
A 3-course dinner for Conference delegates and society members.
Menu: Waldorf Salad, Sea Bass and vegetables, Lemon Meringue Tart, Tea or Coffee.
After dinner there will be an illustrated talk about the Hugo statue in Candie Gardens by the Society Honorary President, Gérard Pouchain.

Supported by Rickety Bridge Winery

Saturday 23rd June


Seminar sessions, Day 1 At Les Cotils Centre, Harry Bound Room
(for both days, including coffee and finger buffet lunches)

09.00, Registration, coffee or tea.
09.30 1st seminar session
10.30 Coffee or tea
11.00 2nd seminar session
12.00 Book launch and presentation by Dr. Gregory Stevens Cox MBE
13.00 Finger buffet lunch
14.00 3rd seminar session
15.00 Coffee or tea
15.30 4th seminar session
16.30 Seminars end.

18.00 Pre-performance supper
The Intervention Barbecue Supper. 2-Course supper held on the lawns of Les Cotils overlooking the sea and adjoining islands following the afternoon Seminar and before the Play. A coach will be supplied to take diners to the play, The Intervention, and will return to Les Cotils and St. Peter Port after.

The Intervention

20.00 World Première of The Intervention in English
At The Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts

20.00 Introduction to The Intervention by Florence Naugrette
20.30 Songs from Les Misèrables by The Guernsey Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Club.
20.45 Interval
21.15 The Intervention
22.00 Ends

Supported by Connie & Charles Wilkinson & C5 Alliance

22.30 Delegate & Speaker Transport back to St. Peter Port included in return ticket

Sunday 24th June


Seminar sessions, Day 2
09.30 5th seminar session
10.30 Coffee or tea
11.00 6th seminar session
12.00 Update on Hauteville House renovation by Gérard Audinet
13.00 Finger buffet lunch
14.00 Question & Answer session with all speakers.
15.00 Farewell speech by Society Chairman Dinah Bott
The conference will conclude by 15.15 so that delegates can catch flights and boats.