BookFest is delighted to announce the 2016 programme!

STOP PRESS!

Caribbean storytime with Coco P at Somerstown Adventure Playground!

Friday 19th February 1-2pm.

Stories for children. No ticket required, just come along on the day

Sunday 14th February

6 PM

Upstairs at the Wave Maiden, 36 Osborne Road, Southsea P05 3LT

£6

The Valentines’ Day Massacre with Portsmouth Writers’ Hub

Choose beer. Choose cheese. Choose rage

What kind of Valentine are you? Candlelit dinner, roses, & romance? Or New York chili, cask ales and acrimonious anecdotes?

Share an evening of vitriol, vengeance and weissbier with the talented writers and musicians of Portsmouth Writers Hub who brought you Day of the Dead. Stories & songs from 6pm. Beer & food available at the bar.

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Monday 15th February

6pm

FREE – please book a ticket

Screening Theatre EW1.10, University of Portsmouth, Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2DJ

Travel Writing: Thrills, Spills, Risks & Rewards

What makes for good travel writing? How do you get into the profession? What practical, ethical and political challenges come with the job? Who are the great travel writers and what can we learn from them? Can an outsider ever fairly and accurately represent a given place, society or culture?

 

University of Portsmouth lecturer, travel book author and foreign affairs journalist Tom Sykes and writer-photographer Alexander Sebley explore these questions and more, with reference to their travels across four continents and their recent collaboration on the upcoming Bradt Guidebook to Ivory Coast. They also offer practical advice on the craft and explore the various sub-genres of travel writing from guidebooks to service articles to narrative travelogues.

 

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Tuesday 16th February-Thursday 18th February

Gruffalo tea party

£2 per child – includes a cup of squash and a slice of Gruffalo crumble

TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE HOSTING LIBRARY

Back by popular demand the Gruffalo will be visiting all library branches at this year’s BookFest! Join him for stories and Gruffalo crumble.

Tuesday 16th February

Southsea Library 10am

Beddow Library 1pm

Alderman Lacey Library 3.30pm

Wednesday 17th February

Carnegie Library 10am

Portsea Library 1pm

Central Library 3.30pm

Thursday 18th February

Paulsgrove Library 10am

Cosham Library 1pm

North End Library 3.30pm

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Thursday 18th February

2pm

FREE – no ticket required

Southsea Library

Alan Scouse – Digger Mole

Join author Alan Scouse for a special storytime in Southsea Library. Digger Mole is a series of books aimed at 2-6 year olds. The stories are based around a family of Moles who live in the New Forest. Each book is beautifully presented with bright colour pictures over 12 of the 24 pages, every story is about a five minute read, making it ideal for bedtime reading, the books are also a great learning tool with the large print really suitable for word recognition when reading to young children. Alan will be reading stories from the books and selling copies of his books afterwards.

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Saturday 20th February

7pm

£5 with tea/coffee

Menuhin Theatre, Portsmouth Central Library

Closure: featuring Lynne E. Blackwood, Sylvia Dickinson, Patrice Lawrence, Karen Onojaife

Join BookFest for an evening of readings from Closure. Featuring local writers, Lynne and Sylvia and internationally published book authors. Closure (Peepal Tree Press) is the first Black British short story anthology since IC3 (2000). “Where IC3 voiced a burning for self definition, Closure takes Black Britishness as read – a lived reality that is like air or breath or blood – says award winning author Jacob Ross, editor of Closure, in the introduction, who will be chairing one of the anthology’s main events – readings from contributors, a Q&A as well as a discussion around writing and editing short stories

Developed by Series Editor Kadija SesayClosure follows Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry in showcasing the diversity of literature by British writers of African and Asian descent. The anthology itself emerges from Peepal Tree’s Inscribe programme – both a professional development scheme for writers, supported by Arts Council England, and a publishing imprint highlighting new British talent.

Closure has a variety of forms, styles and a rich diversity of theme, filled with stories which, like life, rarely end in the way we might expect…

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Sunday 21st February

2pm

Carnegie Library, Fratton

£5

Played up Pompey with Neil Allen

Join Chief Sports writer for the News, Neil Allen, as he talks about his interest in Portsmouth Football Club, what prompted him to write Played Up Pompey and how we went about publishing his book. Former Pompey goalkeeper Alan Knight will also attend as Alan is one of 24 interviews Neil carried out with former Blues players who remain eternally popular among the Fratton faithful.

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Sunday 21st February

7.30pm

£4 on the door only – tickets cannot be bought on the BookFest website

Square Tower

 

This island city: Portsmouth in poetry

Join us in a celebration of Portsmouth’s literary heritage. This Island City is an anthology of poetry which brings the city to life, showing its character and its people, revealing its scars of war and poverty as well as its beauty. 

The event will include readings from Portsmouth people who have contributed to the anthology, along with national and local poets. Live music with Janet Ayers and friends.

Bar and free nearby parking

www.tonguesandgrooves.com

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Monday 22nd February

7pm

FREE – Please book a place

Portsmouth Central Library

Portsmouth: The home of great writing: a public lecture with Matt Wingett, local author

Four of the 19th Century’s most popular novelists – Dickens, Conan Doyle, Wells and Kipling – have Portsmouth connections. There are also many other excellent writers who have strong Portsmouth connections. In this lecture local author, Matt Wingett, explores what is so special for writers about Pompey. As well as the “greats”, Matt Wingett explores the influence of the town on writers such as Walter Besant, Lake Allen, Robert Dolling, Captain Marryat and many others, tracing the history of writing in the town, asking the questions “what did Portsmouth give these writers, and how did it affect their writing?”

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Wednesday 24th February

7pm

Portsmouth Central Library

£5

New Habits with Eleanor Stewart

Kicking the Habit was Eleanor Stewart’s first book and traces Eleanor’seight years of life in a convent: four years in France and four years in Liverpool where she trained as a registered nurse and certified midwife.  In 1969 she left the convent.  Eleanor’s latest book New Habits covers the period of approximately eight years during which she had to make the exciting but often traumatic adaptation to a new life! This new life led eventually to marriage and the adoption of two children. Join Eleanor for what promises to be a fascinating and entertaining evening.

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Thursday 25th February

6.30pm

Menuhin Theatre, Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library and its cosy cafe

£10

£5 Concession

Writer’s Hub Members and their guests see website below:

TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED AT http://www.newwritingsouth.com/whatson

The Portsmouth Writers’ Hub presents an evening with Adele Parks: Hobby, Vocation or Career? Your Life as a Writer

The multi-million bestselling author Adele Parks will present a fun and honest talk on how to achieve a long career as a writer.

Adele has published 15 novels in 15 years all of which have hit the bestseller list. She writes contemporary and historical fiction exploring themes such as family, love, parenting and fidelity with an emphasis on honesty and humour.

She has been a judge on the Costa Book Awards and will talk about the longevity of a career as a writer. Whether writing is your hobby, your career or your vocation, join us to celebrate Portsmouth Bookfest on this chilly February evening.

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Saturday 27th February

11am

Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library

£3

Self-Publishing with Pentangle Press

Carol Westron, Christine Hammacott and Wendy Metcalfe are Pentangle Press, a local, self-publishing co-operative. Three years ago they decided to combine their skills, in the belief that this would bring more success than publishing individually. In this talk they will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being an Indie author and the doors that have opened for them by having their books out in the world. They will explain why they made certain publishing decisions regarding printing and promoting, paperback or e-book. They will also talk about the separate processes that the author has to go through after the book is written in order to prepare it for publication. These include copy editing, line editing, branding, lay-out, cover design, the back blurb and pricing the book. There are then the fresh challenges of promotion: website, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, book signings, panels and other public appearances; every author has different strengths but it is useful to know the options. There will be opportunities for audience questions and discussion.

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Saturday 27th February

2pm

Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library

£6 – includes tea and cake

Afternoon Tea with Lottie Moggach

Lottie Moggach won the Portsmouth First Fiction Award in 2014 after judges and reading groups voted her debut novel Kiss Me First as an outstanding tale of the internet age. Lottie beat strong competition and her novel has been rated in the press as ‘A dark psychological thriller… an engaging and suspenseful look at the subtle perils the web presents to the human condition.’ (Financial Times). Daughter of acclaimed author Deborah Moggach (Best Exotive Marigold Hotel) Lottie is clearly following in her mother’s footsteps. Join us for afternoon tea with Lottie to catch up on how she wrote the novel, her inspirations and what’s next for this talented author.

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Tuesday 1st March

3.30pm

Portsmouth Central Library

FREE- No ticket required

Words That Move

Set in the stillness of the library NTR Dancers dance to a score of poems by Portsmouth Poet Laureate, Sam Cox’s ‘Timeless Tides’ read by NTR Players.

Directed by Bernie C Byrnes and produced by Nic Williams, Words That Move premièred as part of the New Theatre Royal’s ‘Found Hour’ in October.

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Tuesday 1st March

7pm

Esther Room, Portsmouth City Museum

FREE – Please book a place

Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light – book launch

In 1887, while living in Southsea, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle reported in the occult magazine Light that he was convinced of Spiritualism’s truth. Nearly 30 years later he came out in public to announce that the New Revelation had arrived to bring solace to a population shocked by the devastation of the Great War. In his book Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light, Portsmouth-based author Matt Wingett has used articles written by Conan Doyle in Light, many of which have never been republished, to trace Conan Doyle’s spiritualist career, from his low-key announcement of his faith, to becoming the de facto leader of a world movement. Covering the years from 1887 to 1920, Matt asks how the man so renowned for his ultra-rational character Sherlock Holmes came to believe in ghosts, and even fairies? With readings from his new book and discussions of Doyle’s interest in all things enigmatic and mysterious.

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Tuesday 1st March

7pm

Pie and Vinyl

£12 – includes a copy of the paperback edition of the book –  standing only

Viv Albertine: Clothes, music, boys

Songwriter and musician Viv Albertine was the guitarist in the hugely influential female punk band The Slits. A confidante of the Sex Pistols and the Clash, Viv was a key player in British punk culture. Alongside The Slits, she collaborated with numerous musicians, including Adrian Sherwood, before marking out a career in television and film production. After a hiatus of twenty-five years, Viv’s first solo album, The Vermillion Border, was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim. Her recent memoir Clothes, Music, Boys was the Rough Trade book of the year for 2014:  A raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv’s life post-punk, taking in a career in film, the pain of IVF, illness and divorce and the triumph of making music again, Clothes Music Boys is a remarkable memoir. Viv will be talking about her life at Pie and Vinyl.

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Thursday 3rd March

2pm

Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library

FREE – please book a place

The importance of reading with John Attrill, Honorary Alderman and Portsmouth City Council’s Learning Disability Champion

John will be sharing his own stories and observations on the importance of reading…

“Reading is the most important to me as I was not able to read before I was ten years of age. Being able to read enhances one’s knowledge of the world. Many people in Portsmouth, the city that gave us Charles Dickens, seems to me have not found the pleasure of reading which does give me some concern. Reading and the value of books is of great importance as much as engaging in sporting activities such as football. Many people with learning disabilities can read, however they find reading boring. Reading and the value of books must be made more interesting.”

 

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Thursday 3rd March

7pm

£2 -all proceeds will go to the Friends of Beddow Library – TICKETS ONLY AVAILABLE IN BEDDOW LIBRARY

Beddow Library

The blanket book with Elizabeth Caush

The idea behind this book is to look at the practical and therapeutic nature of knitting by providing simple patterns that beginner knitters can follow and also to suggest some ideas for setting up a knitting group and making larger projects together. The patterns are all based on a simple square shape and nearly all of them start with one stitch.

 

Elizabeth will be giving a talk on her book and will bring along most of the projects that have been knitted from patterns in the book, showing how a small piece of knitting can be made into a larger project (mainly designed blankets). She also touches on the therapeutic benefits of knitting.

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Thursday 3rd March

7pm

£5

Portsmouth History Centre, Portsmouth Central Library

A history of Gunwharf Quays with Michael Underwood

Gunwharf Quays used to have a very different purpose from the popular food, culture and retail outlet it now is. You can still see evidence of its naval past in the many beautiful buildings such as the Old Customs House and the Vulcan Building. Michael Underwood’s fascinating book takes us into the area’s past and its development into the modern era.

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Friday 4th March

7pm

Southsea Library

FREE – please book a place

Rudyard Kipling – child of the wild

Whilst Rudyard Kipling is arguably most famous for his children’s stories in The Jungle Book, many of his other works contain themes that echo his childhood growing up in Portsmouth. In his autobiographical Something of Myself, Kipling relates the brutality of his childhood in Portsmouth, separated from his parents. Repeatedly, in works such as Captains Courageous and Kim one encounters tales of a young boy isolated from family facing a hostile environment alone and overcoming deep adversity and cruelty. Captain’s Courageous is even set in a maritime setting. Characters along the way seem to echo the real life characters Something of Myself, including Baloo, Sheer Khan and Kaa from the Jungle Book, and Manuel from Captains Courageous

This series of readings from different works by Kipling explores the interconnections between his admittedly brutal life in Portsmouth, and how perhaps, in facing childhood adversity, he became a writer of global importance.

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Saturday 5th March

10.00am – 4pm (doors open at 9.45am)

£15 (includes £3 off a book bought at the event)

Pyramids Centre, Southsea

CSI Portsmouth 2016 – where crime fiction meets crime fact

Join crime authors Diana Bretherick, Elly Griffiths, J.S Law, Pauline Rowson, William Sutton and experts.

10am to 12noon

Join award winning crime writer Elly Griffiths, author of the series featuring forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway, and Pauline Rowson, author of the popular DI Andy Horton crime novels set in the Solent area, along with crime experts Simon Mound, a crime scene investigator with Hampshire Police’s Scientific Services Department with expertise in the recovery of firearms and the examination of firearm related crime scenes and Jonathan Smith, a forensic scientist with expertise in the examination of blood and body fluids, hairs, fibres, botany and wood fragment identification and adviser to many UK Police forces.

2pm to 4pm

Join Will Sutton, a musician, playwright and author of historical mysteries in Victorian London who will quiz crime authors Diana Bretherick, a former criminal barrister and now a lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Portsmouth and J. S Law, a former Royal Navy officer, on crime writing fact and fiction.

The Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau and a mock up crime scene provided by the Forensic Science Course at South Downs College will also be available, as well as the bookshop provided by Hayling Island Bookshop.

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Saturday 5th March

5-6pm

Southsea Coffee

FREE – No ticket required

Performance poetry event

Portsmouth Poet Laureate Sam Cox and James Tattington (Fugitive Orchestra) offer an exciting collaboration of original poetry, spoken word and music.

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 Saturday 5th March

10am-5pm

Free- No ticket required

Dickens Birthplace Museum

Special opening of the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum

To celebrate BookFest the museum will have a free special opening day.

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Local authors at Southsea Library

BookFest is celebrating new local writing talent by giving authors a slot at Southsea Library to sell their books. Come along and meet the author – no ticket required.

Friday 19th February

12-3pm

Gabby Aquilina

Gabrielle Aquilina is a best-selling contemporary romance writer, and her debut novel was published by So Vain Books in May this year. 

‘How To Catch A (Rock) Star’ is an emotionally-charged, unique love story about aspiring British singer Lillie and American rock-star Jed. Lillie joins Jed’s band as they tour the UK, Europe and America, and the two fast become rock’s hottest couple. But with a claustrophobic tour bus and a resentful guitarist, things start taking a turn for the worse. The odds are stacking up against them and then the unthinkable happens…

Tuesday 23rd February

12-3pm

Dr Asim Dasgupta

Dr Asim K. Dasgupta is a writer and travel photographer (About Dr.Dasgupta -www.drasimkrdasgupta.com) He will exhibit as well sell his copies of books and photographs which show his fascinating travels around the world

Friday 26th February

12-3pm

Dawn Nelson

D S Nelson is a local writer and author of the Blake Hetherington Mysteries. Her influences include Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey, Arthur Conan Doyle, Simon Brett and Peter Robinson. Come and say hi, chat about detective fiction and meet mystery milliner Blake Hetherington.

Saturday 27th February

12-3pm

Jane Cable

How can a memory so vivid be wrong?

Set on the banks of the River Hamble, award winning author Jane Cable’s The Faerie Tree is a Hampshire novel through and through. When Izzie and Robin meet again twenty years after their brief affair they discover their memories of it are completely different; but how can this be – and which one of them is right?

Saturday 5th March

12-3pm

Lynne Stretch

Lynn (writing name Alyson Young) will be selling copies of her recently completed novel Miskin girl Lynn is an ex Portsmouth University student and her final dissertation was to write a book for the teenage market. The book is now printed and she is selling it for £8 with ALL royalties going to the teenage cancer trust.

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