An anthology of short stories, by Jersey authors, celebrating the island’s heritage, is going on sale for the first time on Liberation Day.

Once Upon an Island features 21 stories by local writers. Each story in the anthology is inspired by a monument, site or other location run or maintained by Jersey Heritage. The stories offer a glimpse into our island’s history and the people who have lived it. Once Upon an Island contains stories from prehistoric to contemporary times with tales of murder, love, wartime and peace.

The book is the first publication by Jersey Writers, a new information, network and support group for writers in Jersey.  25% of profits from book sales will be going to Jersey Heritage, with the remainder being used for literary activities on the island.

Book editor, Julia Hunt, said: “The stories take you on a journey around the island, through time and history. Each of the 21 authors offers a different perspective on some of Jersey’s most beautiful and important locations. Jersey is often depicted by artists, but this is one of the first attempts to represent the island through fiction.”

The first copies of the book will be on sale at the Jersey Writers’ stall on Liberation Day, Saturday 9 May, in People’s Park, and then through Amazon.co.uk and through Jersey Heritage outlets.

Gwyn Garfield- Bennett, founder of Jersey Writers, said: “We decided to publish the book to support Jersey Heritage in the first year of the Channel Islands Heritage Festival. Our writers work across a range of genres, from screen writing to novels, crime, history and even food. Once Upon an Island was an opportunity for us to work together and focus on something we all have in common; our love of Jersey and its heritage.”

For more information about Once Upon an Island or Jersey Writers see www.jerseywriters.org