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Young rappers, writers and poets can attend free workshops at Portsmouth libraries from Monday 14 to Thursday 16 February as part of Bookfest 2023, run by Portsmouth City Council.

Portsmouth Bookfest is an annual event that celebrates writing in all forms, including spoken word, running from Monday 13 February to Sunday 5 March. One week is dedicated to children and two weeks to adults.

Children and young people can have the help of experts in their field, like writer Shelagh Moore, local rappers Rishky, Majid, Politico and poet Lynne Stretch at events held at Central, Southsea and Cosham libraries.

Monday 13 Feb 10-1pm
Characters in books: writing workshop 
Ages: 9 to 11, Southsea Library

Tuesday 14 Feb 2-5pm
Characters in books: writing workshop
Ages: 12 to 14, Southsea Library

Wednesday 15 Feb 10-4pm
The power of the beat
Ages: 14-16, Central Library

Thursday 16 Feb 11-12.30pm
Having fun with words 
Ages: 7 to 11, Cosham Library

Thursday 16 Feb 2-4pm
Mad Cap Inventions
Ages: 7 to 12, Central Library

Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, and Economic Development said: “What an exciting lineup of events we have this Bookfest and with such talented people running them. These are excellent opportunities to learn from some of the best in their field in a fun and creative way. I hope lots of young people enjoy these opportunities.”

All events should be booked via the library website, where the full list of events can be found.