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This year's BookFest- run by Portsmouth City Council Library Service in partnership with The Hayling Island Bookshop- offers a packed programme of events with something for everyone. The Festival runs from Monday 17 February- Sunday 8 March and highlights include:

  • Harry Potter parties for children at Alderman Lacey and Carnegie Libraries during half term
  • Children's author and illustrator Tracey Corderoy at Beddow and Paulsgrove Libraries on Friday 21 February
  • Children's illustrator Neal Layton at North End and Southsea Libraries on Saturday 22 February
  • Scientist and writer Professor Jim Al-Khalili talking about his first novel Sunfall on Friday 21 February 7pm.
  • Former hairdresser to The Beatles Leslie Cavendish talks about his life and book - The Cutting Edge - on Saturday 22 February
  • Designer of iconic film posters Graham Humphreys on Tuesday 25 February
  • Music journalist and presenter David Hepworth on Thursday 27 February
  • Portsmouth MysteryFest with authors L.C Tyler, Barbara Nadel and Sally Spedding, expert Professor Becky Milne on police interviewing plus many more on Saturday 7 March
  • Bestselling author Adele Parks on Saturday 7 March

Tickets are on sale in any Portsmouth City Council Library or online at and there's a full programme of events on the website.

Cllr Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture and City Development at Portsmouth City Council said: "This year's BookFest promises to be the best one yet with a broad of talks, interviews and activities covering all sorts of themes there's something in the programme for everyone."