Portsmouth BookFest 2017

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Welcome to BookFest 2017! This year sees the city's seventh book festival and it presents a varied programme of events.

2017 is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death and BookFest commemorates this date with a talk and workshop about Jane Austen and her connection to Portsmouth as read in her novel Mansfield Park.

Following on from last year's successful talk from Matt Wingett on Portsmouth writers of the 19th century, this year Matt focusses on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his interest in the supernatural.

As well as historical names, BookFest also presents events with contemporary authors including Lottie Moggach, whose thrilling novel Kiss Me First is being produced into a television series. Former Foreign Secretary Lord David Owen joins us for a fascinating talk on the events of May 1940 and Portsmouth favourite the Gruffalo will be returning to every library for stories and activities.

Crime fiction is this year represented by Portsmouth Coppers; where authors Pauline Rowson and Graham Hurley will discuss with Diana Bretherick their Portsmouth detective characters. The Deadly Dames will be discussing female detectives at a panel event and Carol Westron will be exploring the golden age of detective fiction.

Once again, BookFest is pleased to work with local writing talent. There are many workshops for budding authors including workshops on how to write picture books for children, writing your life story and a workshop for children on creative writing. All of this and much, much more can be found inside!

Tickets can be purchased from 9th January


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