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Archive for October, 2013

The Day of the Dead

Come on down to the Square Tower on the 30th October for ‘The Day of the Dead’.



This night of chilling tales will feature some of the best writers in Portsmouth. At only four pounds, Guv’nor, this is nothing but a frightfully good bargain!

So make an Appointment with Fear and stop by at what will be a splendid soiree of spooky scribbling and get to know some of fine scribes of Portsmouth!


Portsmouth BookFest

This Bookfest has seen many great events appealing to a great range of people. It kicked off with Michael Morpurgo, a true gent whose work appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds. Stewart Ferris from Summersdale Publishers gave a talk about how to get published while Phil Hewitt, writer of the Portsmouth, Chichester and Winchester Miscellanies discussed Portsmouth’s place in history.

Other events have included talks from Jacqueline Wilson, Portsmouth’s very own Dave Allen ( discussing Popular Music in Portsmouth and the History of Hampshire County Cricket, which also coincided with Black History Month.

Coming up there is the You, Me and Everyone in Portsmouth where stories from the people of this Fair Isle will be projected onto the Guildhall, a talk from Stephen Cooper, author of The Final Whistle about a rugby club in the First World War, a Girls’ Night In (which a friend of mine is running) and the Day of the Dead but more about that tomorrow!

This is just a taster of what is still to come to the Portsmouth Bookfest. Get to the website and order your tickets now!

Something Spooky This Way Comes…

Yes, my friends, a collection of dark tales, awoken and dragged from the vault of my computer have swooped onto the electronic shelves of Smashwords and Amazon.

If you want something to scare people with, cure your narcolepsy (I can’t prove that it will), encourage bed-wetting (but why on Earth you’d want to do that is probably something best kept to yourself) and give to family and friends for Halloween, then why not try this: or this: or, for those of you who like the scrape of a turning page to add to the haunting atmosphere, this:

DISCLAIMER: I do not take responsibility for any disturbances you might have after reading these. Particularly if you notice the plumbing is more noisy and the floorboards just that little bit more creaky…

Enjoy and don’t have nightmares.