Hundreds of residents have been enjoying Portsmouth BookFest this week, and there’s still lots of exciting events to get involved with until Sunday, 3 March.

Top names in the literary world will be visiting Portsmouth libraries over the next two weeks, including poet John Agard, punk poet Atilla the Stockbroker, Dr Leah Broad, actress and author Dame Sheila Hancock (pictured, photo by Neil Spence), Simon Brett and Lesley Thomson.

We’re excited to announce a highlight of this year’s BookFest is Dr Leah Broad giving a fascinating talk about her critically acclaimed first book, Quartet: How four women changed the musical world, at Portsmouth Central Library on 2 March at 2pm. Dr Broad’s biography is about four forgotten trailblazing women composers – Ethel Smyth, Rebecca Clarke, Dorothy Howell, and Doreen Carwithen – four celebrities of their time who composed some of the century’s most popular music.

Also, as part of BookFest, comedian and writer Dom Joly will be at the New Theatre Royal on Friday 1 March, there’s a programme of films from Southsea Cinema and Portsmouth Film Society, and a variety of writing workshops for all levels and experiences, as well as a space to share your own poetry.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said:

“This is our 13th Portsmouth BookFest and already it’s proving a real success. If you haven’t taken part so far, there are still plenty of low-cost and free events and sessions to join, but do book early to guarantee your place.”

At most events, there will be an opportunity for people to buy a book and have it signed by the author.

For more information on all the events and tickets visit: Portsmouth BookFest – Public Library Service