Welcome to Portsmouth BookFest

10 Years of Portsmouth BookFest!

The 2021 Festival ended on 7th March with yearly favourite event Around the world in 10 books. Thank you to all of the authors, speakers and audiences who attended events on Zoom this year. We look forwards to welcoming audiences back in 2022.

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.


BookFest aims to promote both book buying and book borrowing especially amongst groups who may not have previously considered participating in book related events. BookFest uses a wide variety of venues, many not normally associated with book events such as sports centres, museums, night clubs and pubs as well as libraries and community centres.

We offer incentives to our audiences to sign up and join the Library Service as new members and we keep ticket prices low to make the events accessible to all sections of the community.


Portsmouth City Council Library Service and The Hayling Island Bookshop organise BookFest.


Our media partners are The Portsmouth News www.portsmouth.co.uk

If you are interested in becoming a partner or a Sponsor then please contact us.


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