Stories, games, songs

Justine De Mierre will be reading from The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Justine De Mierre will be reading from The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Portsmouth has a long-standing literary heritage, and is heavily associated with authors such as Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - and the city’s BookFest continues this tradition.

Taking place from tomorrow until November 4, the festival includes events such as story playtime sessions for children and a comedy workshop for the little ones.

On Wednesday, children up to the age of five years old can enjoy stories, games and songs from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Baby’s Catalogue, all delivered by Justine De Mierre. Held at the North End Library on Gladys Avenue in the city, tickets cost £3 each.

The following week on October 29, comedian Catherine Wilkins will be holding a comedy workshop for children at Action Stations in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Starting at 1pm and aimed at ages nine to 12, the event will see if you’ve got what it takes if you fancy yourself as funny or find that others do. Tickets cost £3 each.

Events include masterclasses, craft workshops and readings. For more information go to portsmouthbookfest.co.uk.