Monday 15th February

7pm

Zoom

FREE – Please book your ticket at Eventbrite www.eventbrite.com – search for ‘T’articulation’

Pepping up performance prose- a T’articulation workshop

An evening with T’Articulation to help you refine your written work for a pitch-perfect performance.

Prose for performance needs to be immediately vivid and accessible, and weave a story in a way that springs to life for the listener. The relationship with a live audience is subtly different from the relationship with a reader, and you can also help yourself by writing passages that slip off the tongue with impact and fluency. In this workshop, led by Vin Adams, seasoned members of T’Articulation will focus on the key characteristics of performance prose and help you explore techniques for writing new work or adapting existing pieces. Participants will be encouraged to ‘read out’ at various stages of the workshop and invited to perform at T’Articulation’s Writes of Spring open mic section (bookable on Eventbrite)

Any participation in public readings is entirely voluntary.

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Tuesday 16th February

2.30pm

Zoom

FREE – places strictly limited please book in advance

Looking at ways to use Art to inspire creative writing: with Eileen Phyall

During the workshop we will explore how art can inspire creative writing. Modern and Classic Art examples will be used as prompts for both poetry and stories. Using examples from Portsmouth Museum we can link past and present, fiction and fact.

A further session after the workshop will be offered to give participants a chance to read and share their finished work.

Eileen lives in Southsea, she enjoys writing and performing short stories and poetry. She is a member of Pens of the Earth, Portsmouth Writer’s Hub, Front Room Word and a member and performer of T’Articulation.
Eileen has written for projects across the city such as the 200th celebration of Dickens and the Gallipoli Centenary. Her poem the Dockyard Gate was made into short film for the DarkSide PortSide trail.
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Tuesday 16th February

7pm

£3 – places strictly limited please book in advance

Zoom

Start, Write, Submit – Short Story writing

An informative and engaging two hour long workshop for those who have little experience of creative writing, aimed at wakening the writing muscleusing imagination freely, accessing all the senses, with the use of exercises, writing prompts and props.  Participants will be encouraged to try their hand at writing a short story.

The workshops will be led by Jackie Green, author and previous winner and runner-up of the Portsmouth Short Story Competition, and Christine Lawrence, author, regular contributor to Portsmouths Star and Crescent and creative writing workshop facilitator.  Both Jackie and Christine are founders of TArticulation – Portsmouths spoken word troupe and are active members of Portsmouth Writers Hub.  They are experienced in working in community projects which include Portsmouth Unplugged, Dark City and the Writing Edward King Project.

 

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Wednesday 17th February

7pm

Zoom

FREE – please book your place in advance

Helping you finish your book and know what to do with it!

Do you have a half-completed novel you’d love to finish? Or a finished novel that you’re not sure what to do with? Let us help you take the next step along the road to watching that novel leave the nest.

In this panel we’ll cover:

Ways to get that unfinished manuscript over the line, without it fizzling out.

The common mistakes that authors make in their first—and subsequent!—drafts and how to rectify these.

What options you have when your story is complete and next steps for making the most of them.

We’ve considerable experience to offer, not just as published authors (traditionally, Indie and self-published): among us we’ve been on acquisition teams for anthologies, read and assessed manuscripts for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers Scheme and have led many panels and training events for writers.

Sue Brown: Cranky middle-aged author with an addiction for coffee, and a passion for romancing two guys.

Charlie Cochrane: Charlie writes both romances and mysteries. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People and International Thriller Writers Inc, Charlie regularly appears at literary festivals and at reader and author conferences, including with The Deadly Dames.

Liam Livings: Liam is an award-shortlisted gay romance novelist, creative writing tutor, ghostwriter and RNA member. His fiction focuses on friendship, British humour, and romance with plenty of sparkle.

Clare London: Clare is an award-winning author of novels and short stories, with publishers and self-published. A member of the RNA, the Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

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Thursday 18th February

7.30pm-8.30pm

Zoom

£3

Stories From Lore: Ghost Ships & Sea Serpents

Join author and professional storyteller Dawn Nelson for online folklore and storytelling as she takes you on a journey of tradition across the high seas. During this hour long show, we’ll take a look at the maritime folklore of Portsmouth and beyond and then hear stories inspired by the lore.

Hi, I’m Dawn Nelson, also known as DD Storyteller. I live in a village on the beautiful South Downs I have had a passion for stories all my life, from the epic sagas of the old worlds to the anecdotes told between friends at the dinner table. As a storyteller I write and perform both interactive stories and traditional tales, as well as creating story based events and workshops for all ages. The nature that surrounds me has influenced many of my stories and I love to incorporate the outside world and ancestral wisdom into my performances for young and old.

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Friday 19th February

10.30am

Facebook- Official Portsmouth Libraries

FREE

Drag Queen Story Hour UK with Aida H Dee, The Storytelling Drag Queen

Drag Queen Story Hour UK brings you, all the way from all across the UK, Aida The Storytelling Drag Queen! Aida has been reading fabulous and interactive stories all across the country for many years at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at Glastonbury Festival, and across many libraries nationwide!

Aida is a newly successfully published author of a fabulous book known as “The Three Goats United!” – a story about love, acceptance, tolerance, and fighting away bullies “ninja style”, “with swords and shields”… and in other hilarious ways too!

Aida will be on Official Portsmouth Libraries Facebook page reading this very story, and others, on the 19th February. We are super excited to have her and we can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

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Friday 19th February

7pm

Zoom

FREE – please book your place in advance

More Dave & Mick’s Pompey Pop Pix

Back in the 1960s Portsmouth teenagers Mick Cooper and Dave Allen set out pursuing musical careers with local bands that led to many adventures. Dave is still playing while Mick retired a little while ago, but through the 21st century they have also been involved in many projects, documenting the history of popular music in and around the city. Originally these covered the 1950’s and 1960’s but gradually as more information became available the years 1970 to 1999 were included.

Among their projects, in 2011 they published Dave & Mick’s Pompey Pop Pix, covering the period up to the end of the 1960s and including over 400 photographs of bands, performers, venues, posters, DJs and promoters. They used many of those images in helping Nigel & Audrie Grundy to create the wonderful Portsmouth Music Experience in the Guildhall. Now they have produced a second volume More Dave & Mick’s Pompey Pop Pix which, is “an illustrated history of 1970s to 1999 Popular Music in Portsmouth”. It is on the same lines as the first one with hundreds of images and additional written contributions from Tony Rollinson, the author of Twenty Missed Beats, Nick Haines on Punk, and Chris Abbott on the legendary Basin’s club.

Mick has his own Pompey Pop web page which covers most of the 20th and 21st century with many photographs and much more detailed information.

More Dave & Mick’s Pompey Pop Pix, Mick Cooper & Dave Allen, Moyhill Publishing, 2020. (£10 + P&P) email;- cooper_m6@sky.com

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Saturday 20 February 202111am to 12.30pmFamily friendly onlineAdults free. Child tickets ‘pay as you feel’ donation. To book tickets click here: Gustav the pigeon’s secret codes and rhymes Tickets, Sat 20 Feb 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite

Gustav the pigeon’s secret codes and rhymesJoin Steve Tasane, author of Gustav the Brave, for a reading of Gustav’s story, performance poems and rhythm and rhyming games for all reading ages.Learn how to speak your own private language and write using spy codes, just like the Allies did to confuse the German military during the Second World War. If you know your A to Z and have a love of puzzles, this is the workshop for you. By the end of the session we’ll have produced a short group story we can take away – in secret language and the English language translation.Steve Tasane is Steve is writer, performance poet and author of ‘Gustav the Brave’, a children’s book created specially for The D-Day Story. A group of children facing significant life challenges worked with Steve and artist Bob Moulder to create a rhyming poem that brings Gustav’s incredible story to life. The book is available to buy in the museum’s online shop.

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4 weeks: Sat 20, 27 Feb & 6, 13 March, 10-11.30 am

£40 (£20 concs) whole course: please book your ticket at www.wegottickets.com/event/509116

Workshops delivered by Zoom: all you need is an internet connection on your phone, tablet or computer; Zoom links sent through to participants before first session.

Write Your Novel

Updated info: william-sutton.co.uk/workshops 

Gain a clearer idea of how to write your book.

Four sessions cover Ideas, Characters, Plot & Settings, Edits & Selling.

Aimed at committed writers of all ages, these sessions are run in a friendly, informal atmosphere by published novelist, William Sutton, helping you to set realistic aims, explode myths and get down to writing.

Reviews:

“Thought-provoking: dynamic and inspiring.” 

“Enjoyed engaging with others and writing exercises with the buzzer.” 

“Very interesting – could’ve been 10 weeks and I’d still be coming back for more.”

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Take Your Novel Further
6 weeks: every Sat 20 Feb -27 March, 12-1.30 pm  

£60 (£30 concs) whole course: please book your ticket at www.wegottickets.com/event/509118 

 

Workshops delivered by Zoom: all you need is an internet connection on your phone, tablet or computer; Zoom links sent through to participants before first session.

Updated info: william-sutton.co.uk/workshops

 

Aimed at writers who have a clear idea for a book (fiction, autobiography or non-fiction), or a draft, full or partial, and want to develop their understanding of the further complexities of writing:  

- writing techniques: plotting, characterisation, narrative voice

- paragraphs, dialogue, sentences, vocabulary

- structure, redrafting, using feedback constructively

- copy editing, line editing, proofreading

- submitting to agents, publishers, competitions and editors

- the writing industry, and how to fathom it

Reviews:

 “Content perfectly paced – inspirational and thought-provoking.”
“Engaging and so supportive.”
“I’ve since mapped out characters and the plot.”
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Sunday 21st February

20 minute sessions – places strictly limited

Zoom

“Charity Write” @ Bookfest 2021 with Lynne Stretch

This one to one session will need to be pre booked between 12 and 4 pm. Please supply contact details so Lynne can arrange a time for your individual session nearer the date.

This short twenty minute session will give you lots of information on how to use your written work (a novel, short stories or poems) to support a chosen charity. This one to one session will take place at Southsea library, (face to face if possible), but it can also be booked virtually.

An information sheet will be available to guide you through the process of producing your own book, which will be sold with all proceeds to charity. The leaflet will cover all the steps you need to consider…

  • Approaching your chosen charity.
  • Securing support to fundraise for printing costs.
  • Editing, proofreading and preparing your work for the first draft.
  • Designing your cover and book lay out.
  • Selling your book at appropriate venue

(fetes, fayres or requesting a table at library events.)

Having recently completed a book for the Rainbow Trust Charity, Lynne would like to help you use your written work to support a charity of your choice.

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Sunday 21st February

7pm

Zoom

FREE – Please book your ticket at Eventbrite www.eventbrite.com – search for ‘T’articulation’

Going on vocation; exploring work-related travel writing (+workshop)

A cosy sofa chat, with authors who travel to write or write for travel – followed by a workshop on honing those same skills more locally.

We will meet Tom Sykes and friends, including the wonderful Anne Paton-Cragg, on the T’Articulation sofa — where we’ll delve into their travel-writing practices, both here and abroad. We’ll hear exciting and dramatic stories, as well as testimony on the calm of exotic places, and of finding humour in the mundane.

The inspirational chat session will be followed by a series of workshopped prompts, led by Tom who lectures in Creative Writing and Journalism at the university.

Those taking part in the workshop will be invited to read their work at a further event the following week. (Tickets for that event can also be booked at Eventbrite).

Dr Tom Sykes has written for Bradt Travel; had numerous articles in Private Eye and other periodicals both in print and online; a full-length book of investigative journalism, The Realm of the Punisher, was published last year. Tom is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

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Monday 22nd February

1-3pm

Portsmouth Central Library (the event will take place on Zoom if Covid restrictions are required at this time)

£3 – places strictly limited to allow for social distancing- please book in advance

Writing crime fiction with Carol Westron

This short workshop will consider the different sub genres of crime writing and discuss what information is required to embark on writing your crime novel, or how to continue and edit if you have already written part or all of your book. We will explore how to grab the reader’s attention in the first line and how to introduce the main character and setting in the first page.

Please bring writing materials or laptop as we will write a few opening paragraphs.

 

Carol Westron is the author of contemporary crime novels and Victorian Murder Mysteries; she is a creative writing teacher and an expert on the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

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Monday 22nd February

7pm

Zoom

FREE – Please book your ticket at Eventbrite www.eventbrite.com – search for ‘T’articulation’

Portsmouth women and the walk of shame: an archive materials poetry workshop

Archive materials used in this workshop will include rarely seen court testimony, newspaper clippings, and extracts from hand-written ledgers giving accounts of girls in need of rescue. There are pitiful stories and some of defiance, not all end well. All, though, add rich colour to the grubby streets of Portmouth’s past. If you enjoy social, or local, history and like to write, as a beginner or someone more proficient, this workshop is for you. Participants will be invited to read their work at T’Aticulation’s An Evening of Poetry, early in March. You can book your tickets for that event at Eventbrite.

This event is offered by Richard Peirce and Amanda Garrie, two of T’Articulation’s founder members. Richard is a long-time local poet, well known on the open mic circuit in the city. He appeared regularly with Tongues and Grooves and The Front Room. Amanda was Portsmouth City Council’s Library and Archive Service ‘Poet in Residence‘ (2019), under the umbrella of the Arts Council funded City of Stories. She has special permission to use some of the materials she researched during that term, to bring you this event. Both Richard and Amanda are teachers by profession; they are each published in the areas of poetry and prose and both tutored for City of Stories.

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Tuesday 23rd February

7pm-8pm

Zoom

£3

How To Pick The Right Genre For Your Novel (and why your sales depend on it): with Naomi Lloyd

You have spent months – or more likely years – writing your first book. It’s written, edited, re-drafted and re-edited again and now you are finally ready to share it with the world.

The big question now is: who will want to read it?

And by that, I’m not asking you to question if it’s any good. You’ve poured your heart and soul into achieving this huge milestone. There are readers out there who will enjoy your book. You just have to make sure you put it in front of the right people.

What I am really asking is this: who will enjoy the type of story you have written? Or more specifically, what is the main genre?

Knowing the answer to this is key to getting your story read by thousands of people all over the world versus a few friends and family. It is the difference between success and obscurity.

Join local Sci-Fi & Fantasy author, Naomi E Lloyd, to discover the tricks to adopt and some trips to avoid in the world of publishing and book marketing.

Ideal for all writers who are plotting their book or who are getting ready to market it.

Naomi E Lloyd is a local author and photographer from Southsea. Her published work includes three books in The Tandro Series (A Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy), and Death Kiss (An Adult Dark Fantasy) due to be published in early 2021.

www.naomielloyd.com

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Wednesday 24th February

10am

Zoom

£3 (FREE to Leisure Card holders)

Poetry for wellbeing with Kathryn Bevis

Would you like the chance to write a poem in order to express where you’re coming from and what matters to you? Led by Hampshire Laureate, Kathryn Bevis, this is will be a live, online workshop for you both to explore the work of contemporary poets and to create an original poem you’ll be proud to call your own. Suitable for absolute beginners and more experienced/confident poets alike. Come prepared to play!

Kathryn Bevis is Hampshire Poet Laureate and founder of The Writing School in Winchester (www.thewritingschool.co.uk).  In 2019, she won the Poets & Players and Against the Grain competitions, and was shortlisted for the Nine Arches Primers scheme. She is working towards her first collection.

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Wednesday 24th February

7pm

Zoom

£4

Forgotten fictional detectives

This panel will introduce five fictional detectives who have slipped out of public notice. They will range from the first Victorian lady detective written by a woman; an Artificial Intelligence Personality living near Washington DC; a multi-talented detective who rarely sleeps; and the father and son detectives that Ellis Peters abandoned when Brother Cadfael took over her life.

 

Panellists:

Charlie Cochrane writes mysteries both contemporary and historical, and always with a sly touch of humour.

 

Dot Marshall-Gent has retired from teaching and various emergency services, and now spends her time writing, singing, jogging and luxuriating in crime fiction of all kinds.

 

Wendy Metcalfe is a science fiction writer whose books include crime, often of an environmental nature.

 

Carol Westron is the author of contemporary crime novels and Victorian Murder Mysteries; she is a creative writing teacher and an expert on the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

 

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25th Feb – 3rd March

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: Studio 6, Hotwalls, Broad Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2FS

Virtual exhibition at: www.kimedith.com 

Free. Drop in (no booking necessary).

The Stitched World of Jane Austen – part 2

Textile artist Kim Edith invites you to this second instalment of a stitched illustration project exploring the world of Jane Austen.

From the red coats of the militia to the elegance of a grand house, the recurring themes and imagery of the books have been explored in detailed embroidery.  This series of fabric illustrations use modern colours, materials and patterns to bring to life the objects, people and situations that would have been familiar to contemporary readers.

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Thursday 25th February

10am

Zoom 

£3 

Reading To Children: Nurturing Book Worms with DD Storyteller

Learn how to make reading to children a sheer joy and a truly interactive experience with author and professional storyteller Dawn Nelson.

This hour long workshop is designed for parents and carers of young children (0-7) to coach skills in reading aloud. The workshop includes, how to choose the best story for you and your child, hints and tips on how to engage children in the story being read, and ways to bring the story to life.

Workshop Reviews:

‘I signed up to the story telling workshop with a mix of excitement and nerves. Dawn was great at making us all feel welcome and comfortable. It soon became clear there was no wrong answers, daft questions or prescribed way of storytelling. What we found was a font of knowledge, a space to explore and freedom to share. I came away inspired and feeling like I had made new friends”

Hi, I’m Dawn Nelson, also known as DD Storyteller. I live in a village on the beautiful South Downs I have had a passion for stories all my life, from the epic sagas of the old worlds to the anecdotes told between friends at the dinner table. As a storyteller I write and perform both interactive stories and traditional tales, as well as creating story based events and workshops for all ages. The nature that surrounds me has influenced many of my stories and I love to incorporate the outside world and ancestral wisdom into my performances for young and old.

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Thursday 25th February

7pm

Zoom

£4

No. 10 with Jack Brown

With perhaps the world’s most iconic front door, 10 Downing Street is the home and office of the British Prime Minister and the heart of British politics. This is the story of the intimately entwined relationship between the house and its post-war residents. What does each occupant’s use and modification of the building reveal about their values and how they sought to govern? No.10 was designed in the late seventeenth century and intended only as a place of residence. Over the years it has undergone constant adaptation to accommodate the changing role and requirements of the premiership. As No. 10’s first-ever Researcher in Residence, Jack Brown had unprecedented access to people and papers. No. 10: The Geography of Power at Downing Street sheds new light on unexplored corners of Prime Ministers’ lives. Equally fascinating and revealing, this is an intimate account of the building at the core of British political power.

Jack Brown is London Partnerships Director and Lecturer in London Studies at King’s College London, and Senior Researcher at the Centre for London.

‘The walls of No.10 have talked to Jack Brown. He is a natural calibrator of the human flows inside what he calls a “fascinating historical mess of a building”.’ –  Peter Hennessy

 

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Friday 26th February

7pm

Zoom

£4

Lemn Sissay: My name is why

At this event Lemn will give a reading from his critically acclaimed, heart breaking memoir My Name Is Why, which chronicles his childhood in care and his early interest in expressing himself as a poet. After the reading, Lemn will be interviewed by Dr Alison Habens (University of Portsmouth) and there will be the chance for the audience to ask questions.

Google the name “Lemn Sissay” and all the returning hits will be about him because there is only one Lemn Sissay in the world. Lemn Sissay is a BAFTA nominated award winning writer, international poet, performer playwright, artist and broadcaster. He has read on stage throughout the world: from The Library of Congress in The United States to The University of Addis Ababa, from Singapore to Sri Lanka, Bangalore to Dubai, from Bali to Greenland AND Wigan library.

He was awarded an MBE for services to literature by The Queen of England. Along with Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie and Margaret Atwood he won a Pen Pinter Prize in 2019. He is Chancellor of The University of Manchester and an Honorary Doctor from The Universities of Huddersfield, Manchester, Kent and Brunei. He is Dr Dr Dr Dr Lemn Sissay.  He was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics and poet of the FA Cup.

 

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Saturday 27th February

7pm

Zoom

£20 – ticket includes one hardback copy of Mark’s latest novel Cry Baby. The book can be posted to you or collected from a Portsmouth Library.

Mark Billingham interviewed by William Sutton

Join us for a fascinating evening with bestselling author Mark Billingham. Mark was born and brought up in Birmingham. Having worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian his first crime novel was published in 2001.

Sleepyhead was an instant bestseller in the UK. It has been sold widely throughout the world and was published in the USA in the summer of 2002.

The series of crime novels featuring London-based detective Tom Thorne continued with  he most recent being Cry Baby. Mark’s next thriller, a standalone, will be published in July 2021. An acclaimed television series based on the Thorne novels was screened on Sky One in Autumn 2010, starring David Morrissey as Tom Thorne. A series based on the novels In The Dark and Time Of Death was screened on BBC1 in 2017.

Mark lives in London with his wife and two children. He is currently writing his next novel.

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Sunday 28th February

7pm

Zoom

FREE- Please book your ticket at Eventbrite www.eventbrite.com – search for ‘T’articulation’

Creating worlds: Below the ground up, travel with David Angus (+ open mic)

A fascinating talk exploring the world beneath our feet, leading into chat on how this can inspire creative writing. Followed by readings.

David Angus is an expert on world geologies travelling to locations to explore unusual features in the landscape and beneath. He uses this to inform not only his planetary model-making but his writing as well. When it comes to researching planetary landscapes, or knowing how far down you go before reaching ‘The Gates of Hell’, David’s your man. So, whether you’re into serious reportage-style writing or creating fictional worlds, above or below the surface, you’ll be fascinated by what David has to say.

The evening will comprise a talk by David, followed by a cosy chat around his other areas of interest and questions from the audience. We’ll finish off with readings from the previous week’s travel writing workshop, with a few short open mic slots for anyone else wanting to read.

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Monday 1st March

7pm

Zoom

FREE – please book your place in advance

Jane Austen in Portsmouth with Donna Fletcher-Crow

Almost all of Donna Fletcher Crow’s 50-some novels are set in England or have English ties in the background—even her Idaho pioneer family saga. When Glastonbury, her Arthurian epic covering 1500 years of English history, was published she was asked repeatedly, “Why England?” There are many strands to the answer, but Jane Austen is a major component.

Crow has written two literary suspense novels focusing on locations in Austen’s life and two years ago researched for her third—Jane Austen at the Seashore, and produced a blog series which included “Portsmouth: Reliving Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.”

Donna Fletcher Crow will be speaking about the Portsmouth sites that figured in Austen’s life and in her last completed novel.

Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, was born, raised, and still lives in the Boise Valley in Idaho, in the northwest corner of the States. She is a former English teacher and a lifelong Anglophile. She has authored some 50 books, primarily novels, dealing with various aspects of British history, especially Christian history.

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Monday 1st March

7pm

Zoom

£3 – places strictly limited- please book in advance 

Writing for competitions with Jackie Green and Christine Lawrence

A fun, informative and engaging two hour long workshop for those who have little experience of creative writing, aimed at wakening the writing muscleusing imagination freely, accessing all the senses, with the use of exercises, writing prompts and props.  Participants will be encouraged to explore the art of entering their work into competitions.

The workshops will be led by Jackie Green, author and previous winner and runner-up of the Portsmouth Short Story Competition, and Christine Lawrence, author, regular contributor to Portsmouths Star and Crescent and creative writing workshop facilitator.  Both Jackie and Christine are founders of TArticulation – Portsmouths spoken word troupe and are active members of Portsmouth Writers Hub.  They are experienced in working in community projects which include Portsmouth Unplugged, Dark City and the Writing Edward King Project.

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Tuesday 2nd March

7pm

Zoom

£4

Rowland White In Conversation about his new book Harrier 809: Britain’s Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War

April 1982. Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.

In response, Britain despatches a naval Task Force. Eight thousand miles from home, its fate hinges on just twenty Sea Harriers against the two hundred-strong might of the Argentine Air Force.

The odds against them are overwhelming.

The MoD’s own estimates suggest that half the Harriers will be lost within a week. Against this background, 809 Naval Air Squadron is reformed, trained and sent south to fight.

Not since WWII had so much been expected of such a small band of pilots.

Combining groundbreaking research with the pace of a thriller, Rowland White reveals the full story of the fleet’s knife-edge fight for survival for the first time, and shows how the little jump jet went from airshow novelty to sealing its reputation as an icon of British aviation, alongside the Spitfire and the Hurricane.

Rowland White is the author of three critically acclaimed works of aviation history: Vulcan 607, Phoenix Squadron and Storm Front. All three have been Sunday Times top ten bestsellers. His writing has appeared in a variety of national magazines and newspapers including the Guardian, Daily Mail and Esquire magazine. Born and brought up in Cambridge, Rowland studied Modern History at Liverpool University. He has held a private pilot’s licence since 1998 and lives near Cambridge with his wife and three young children.

Rowland White will be in conversation with Portsmouth Historian James Daly

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Wednesday 3rd March

7pm

Zoom

£4

Partition: How and Why Ireland was Divided

A hundred years ago, Ireland was partitioned into a unionist north and a nationalist south. What began as an expedient and temporary political device to resolve conflicting tensions inside the United Kingdom was to become a permanent international frontier between two sovereign states, and Britain’s only land border with the European Union.

The passion and emotion felt about partition has not dissipated in the intervening century; it is as controversial now as it was then. At this event Ivan will discuss how his concise introductory history explains why Ireland was partitioned and how the two states on the island were created.

Ivan Gibbons is a lecturer in Modern Irish and British history specialising in the relationship between the British Labour Party and Ireland. He was lecturer and MA and BA Programme Director in Irish Studies at St Mary’s University. He is the author of The British Labour Party and the Establishment of the Irish Free State (2015) and Drawing the Line: The Irish Border in British Politics (2018).

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Thursday 4th March

7pm

Zoom

£4

Professor Jim Al-Khalili: The world according to physics

Where does theoretical physics stand at the end of the second decade of the 21st century? Are we finally approaching the end of physics, when the rich tapestry of space and time will be revealed to us and we will finally understand the true nature of reality? If we are honest then we must admit that, while what we do know is dazzlingly impressive, there is much we have yet to grasp, from the nature of the cosmos to the meaning of quantum mechanics. Jim Al-Khalili talks about his new book, The World According to Physics, in this whistle-stop appraisal of what we know about the universe and what we have yet to figure out.

Jim Al-Khalili hosts ‘The Life Scientific’ on BBC Radio 4 and has presented numerous BBC television documentaries. He is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey, a New York Times bestselling author, and a fellow of the Royal Society. He is the author of numerous books, including Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed; The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance; and Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology. His novel Sunfall was published in March 2020.

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Friday 5th March

7pm

Zoom

FREE- Please book your ticket at Eventbrite www.eventbrite.com – search for ‘T’articulation’

An evening of poetry – with T’articulation and guest poets

One of T’Articulation’s trademark events: a soiree of poetry readings from published poets, local practitioners, and a section for open mic

In an Evening of Poetry T’Articulation always brings you an entertaining and informative lounge-style event, interviewing a published poet about their working practices, followed by readings from their work alongside those from the spoken word troupe, on related themes. The evening ends with an open mic element, which this year will include a celebration of work produced via T’Articulation’s earlier poetry workshop*, as well as contributions from the public. The featured poets are invited to comment on the work offered.

*(Tickets for the poetry workshop are available at Eventbrite)

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Saturday 6th March

10am-5pm with breaks

Zoom

£5

Mystery Fest 2021. All Kinds of Crime

With Alison Bruce, Judith Cranswick, Jeff Dowson, Helen Hollick, Dot Marshall-Gent, Nick Morrish, Alison Morton, Nick Pamment, Linda Regan, Leigh Russell, Peter Tickler and Carol Westron

The 4th Annual Mystery Fest will be delivered via Zoom, but the number and quality of speakers and breadths of topic is as superb as ever.

Our Guest of Honour is an author who has been a loyal friend to Mystery Fest since its beginning, Million Best Seller Leigh Russell, author of the Geraldine Steel series, who will be interviewed by successful actress and author Linda Regan.

Our Expert Witness for 2021 will be Dr Nick Pamment of the University of Portsmouth, who will talk about Wildlife Crime.

Linda Regan will be joined by fellow actress and author, Alison Bruce, to discuss Writing a Police Procedural.

Alison Morton and Helen Hollick will talk about the transition from writing Historical Fiction to Contemporary Crime Fiction.

There will be five  shorter talks covering the topics: Writing Travel Crime during Lockdown; Detectives who have influenced my detective; Crime poems and songs – early highwayman ballads; Victorian murder songs through to Bonnie and Clyde; Recycling and Renewing abandoned or forgotten pieces of writing; and The Emergence of the Elderly Female Sleuth – Miss Marple and Miss Silver.

In From Oil Rig to Author, local author, Nick Morrish will be interviewed by Carol Westron about being shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger 2020 and how it has shaped his writing career.

See the MysteryFest link for speaker biographies and timings for the day.

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Saturday 6th March

7pm

Zoom

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The writes of spring

T’Articulation’s final Portsmouth BookFest 2021 event: with performers bringing their own interpretation to the theme. Includes open mic.

About this Event

This is a performance event, a night of entertainment. The celebratory Writes of Spring will include work from the T’Articulation troupe, alongside open mic performers. The theme can be interpreted in any way and it is expected there will be dark tales as well as the more conventional uplifting poetry and prose we might associate with this time of year.

Open mic slots will be limited and capped at three minutes. Those wishing to perform will be added when the event opens, at 7.00 pm, with performances beginning at 7.15.

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Sunday 7th March

7pm

Zoom

£3

Around the world in 10 books with Scott Pack and Judith Robinson

Join Judith Robinson and Scott Pack as they travel the globe in search of great works of world literature. They will do their best to stop off at each continent where they will champion, discuss and recommend ten books, many of them in translation. A great way to discover authors and books that you may otherwise have missed. This is a regular festival favourite that comes with a warning: you will find it hard to leave without adding to your reading pile.

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500 Pompey Words

 

Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery is inviting young writers to create a story, play or poem inspired by its latest exhibition, Portsmouth Revisited II.  The 500 Pompey Words competition is open to 11 to 16 year-olds who live in Portsmouth. Winners will receive gift vouchers worth up to £75.

 

There are over 70 paintings, prints and photographs to choose from and they all include people, places and buildings in Portsmouth.  So whether you like the beach, the shops, Victoria Park, the Spinnaker Tower, the harbour or watching Pompey play at Fratton Park you’re sure to find something to inspire you.

 

The competition launches in January on the Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery website.  Entry is free and the closing date is Thursday 18 February.  This year’s guest judge is local writer and professional storyteller Charlotte Comley.  Winning entries will be revealed at an online event on Monday 1 March.

 

To find out more click on get involved at www.portsmouthmuseum.co.uk

 

Image credit: John Spinnaker sleepwalking by Derek Boshier. © Derek Boshier.

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COMING SOON…

 

AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY AND HARP

WITH CHRIS TUTTON AND ANNE DENHOLM

 

(The date of this event will be announced at Official Portsmouth Libraries on Facebook and @pompeybookfest on Twitter in spring 2021)

Chris Tutton is the critically acclaimed and award winning author of seven collections of poetry. Coined by Ned Sherrin as “the master of the short poem “ his work has also been described as “absolutely beautiful “ by Alexander Waugh. ‘The Failing of Angels’, his extraordinary debut novel was published in 2020.

www.christutton.co.uk

Anne Denholm is earning a reputation for her engaging performances across a variety of musical fields. She served as Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales from 2015 – 2019 and in 2020 was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

www.annedenholm.com

Join Chris and Anne for a magical afternoon of words and music