Jèrriais: Coronation Street Before Television
With a rich spoken and written tradition, Jersey’s ancient native language, Jèrriais, is a fixture at the Jersey Festival of Words.
Two of its most passionate champions are linguists Geraint Jennings and Tony Scott Warren, who this year will be recalling the popular Jèrriais newspaper serials of the 19th and 20th centuries that were the soap operas of their day.
This dynamic duo have played a leading role in the preservation and revival of the Island’s Norman-French dialect through their work at the States Education Department’s Office du Jèrriais. Tony is a former RAF man and television announcer who became a language teaching co-ordinator 20 years ago and Geraint is a poet, artist and illustrator who has edited an anthology of Channel Islands literature in Norman-French, The Toad and the Donkey.