WORLD famous author Neil Gaiman’s Portsmouth roots will be celebrated with a Southsea street named after him.
The road, a small lane west of Canoe Lake, will be called The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the title of his most recent novel.
A multi award winning author, Gaiman’s work includes the Sandman graphic novels, Coraline, Stardust, American Gods and two Doctor Who episodes.
He will return to the city from the end of his US tour to give a talk and book signing at Portsmouth Guildhall on August 18 from 7pm.
Gaiman now lives in the US but was born in White Hart Lane, Portchester, and grew up in Purbook and then Southsea.
When asked for his thoughts on the honour he said he was, ‘Gobsmacked, befuddled, delighted and baffled.
‘When you make things up, you never expect them to creep out into the real world.
‘I lived in Portchester and Southsea until I was five.
‘But my grandparents and much of my family were in Southsea, so I was back every school holiday and stayed as long as I could.
‘I was even Barmitzvahed in the Portsmouth Synagogue.’
The time of the road naming ceremony has still to be set but it will be on the day of the talk.
Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture said: ‘We’re delighted Neil Gaiman is coming to Portsmouth off the back of his US tour.
‘Neil’s connection to the city strengthens our aspirations to promote Portsmouth as the home of great writing.
‘A road so close to the seafront named The Ocean at the End of the Lane seems fitting.
‘It’s something different and creates a talking point.
‘We want to encourage a love of literacy among our young residents and with Neil’s global following hopefully this new name will put Portsmouth on the book lover’s map.’
For Neil Gaiman book talk tickets go to portsmouthguildhall.org.uk or call (023) 9282 4355.