Welcome to Portsmouth BookFest


About The Festival:

Portsmouth has a strong literary heritage including Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and HG Wells and Portsmouth BookFest continues that tradition, attracting diverse audiences to exciting events featuring popular and accessible authors.

Portsmouth BookFest is jointly organised by Portsmouth City Library Service and The Hayling Island Bookshop. There is an associated schools programme organised by Portsmouth School Library Service.

Portsmouth BookFest 2018

Portsmouth BookFest 2018 starts on Monday 12th February and ends on Sunday 4th March. We are already planning some exciting events! Watch this space for more information in the autumn.

Portsmouth Short Story Competition 2017-18:

The competition opens on Tuesday 1st August and closing date for entries is 5pm 20th October 2017. This year we are excited to announce that the theme takes three images from the Portsmouth Archives. You can choose one of the images to inspire your short story. The winner will be announced at the BookFest launch event on Thursday 8th February and wins £500 and their story published online at this website.

For terms and conditions, entry form and the three Archive images see https://portsmouth.spydus.co.uk