I probably should have written about this earlier but never mind, better late than never! It’s that time again where the City of Portsmouth has its BookFest. Now in its third year, the BookFest is a celebration of literature with events that will appeal to all tastes: http://www.portsmouthbookfest.co.uk/ As well as fiction and non-fiction talks, there are ghost walks, plays, rehearsed readings and the ever-popular CSI Portsmouth which brings together crime writers, academics from the University and the police for an interesting and entertaining day.
So far I have seen a talk by James Herbert (and got a book signed!) and watched some poetry performed by both the Poet Laureate, Sam Cox, Young Poet Laureate Joe McQuilken and British Sign Language Poet Donna Williams. All three were very good and it was interesting to see different styles of poetry.
There have also been a showcase local authors reading out their work in the public libraries around the city: http://portsmouthwriters.tumblr.com/ This has been a fantastic opportunity, not only for local writers to promote their work and get experience of performing to an audience but it also shows that the city’s literary heritage is in good hands.
Tomorrow is the last day of the BookFest and bestselling author Kate Mosse will be giving a talk which should be very interesting.
So, if you’re at a lose end this time next year, get on down to Portsmouth for next year’s BookFest!