Portsmouth library service has opened a new Portsmouth Writers' room at central library.

The room on the second floor is dedicated to authors from Portsmouth and features some books and papers which have never been on public access before.

The famous Portsmouth authors you'd expect are there, including, Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, and Nevil Shute; as well as some you may be less familiar with such as Percy Westerman. More modern writers such Graham Hurley, crime writer Pauline Rowson and current members of the Portsmouth Writers Hub are also represented.

The branding for a new exhibition from the Conan Doyle Collection, which will be formally opening on 22 May to coincide with Doyle's birthday was also unveiled.

Cllr Linda Symes, Cabinet Member for Culture Leisure and Sport said: "The new writers' room is an excellent resource for research and for anyone with an interest in our literary history. 

"It's great to see all the city's authors presented together for the first time and it really illustrates Portsmouth's extensive literacy heritage.  I'm looking forward to seeing it grow too as new writers get inspiration from this collection."