Cunard has announced that author Annie Barrows will sail on-board Queen Mary 2 as part of the cruise line’s renowned Insights program on a Bruges and Guernsey voyage, 20-24 May 2020 (M014).
While sailing on the four-night voyage roundtrip from Southampton, Barrows will offer guests a lecture on her background and experience writing her novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
The novel takes place in post-World War II Guernsey, where this year in May, celebrations will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of Nazi occupation in the Channel Islands. Events will take place throughout the month to mark this anniversary of Liberation Day for Guernsey, as well as all over Europe and the U.S. to commemorate the end of WWII.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which is written as a series of letters from the characters, was started and co-written by Barrows’ aunt, Mary Ann Shaffer. The novel was later adapted to film in 2018.
Commenting, Josh Leibowitz, a senior vice president at Cunard, said: “We are thrilled to welcome author Annie Barrows onboard Queen Mary 2’s May 20th Bruges and Guernsey voyage.”
“The Liberation Day for Guernsey is a significant anniversary of World War II and our guests will have the opportunity to learn about an important moment in history while sailing to the very site it took place.”