Star author set to visit city to kick off BookFest

HE'S A STAR Author Michael Morpurgo
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IT WILL be a bumper September for lovers of literature.

The internationally-acclaimed War Horse author Michael Morpurgo will visit Portsmouth to delight fans with a talk on his new books, A Medal for Leroy, and Pinocchio.

Tickets are expected to sell fast for the event, on September 28 at the Guildhall, which is open to children and adults, and will help kick off Portsmouth BookFest.

But before that, the prestigious TS Eliot Poetry Award Tour will come to the city with award-winning poets as part of the 20th anniversary of the poetry prize.

On September 17, George Szirtes, Penelope Shuttle and Tim Liardet will be joined by local poet Maggie Sawkins, a founder member of Portsmouth’s Tongues and Grooves, the popular poetry and music club.

They will be at the David Russell Theatre in The Portsmouth Grammar School, thanks to Portsmouth BookFest and Portsmouth Festivities.

Tour organiser Chris Holifield said: ‘We are delighted to be bringing the T S Eliot Prize 20th Anniversary Tour, funded by Arts Council England, to Portsmouth next month.

‘It’s exciting that the prize will travel outside London for the first time to reach poetry lovers across the country.’

Of the Michael Morpurgo visit Marie Telford, of Hayling Island Bookshop, which is helping to organise the event, said: ‘We are thrilled.’ She added: ‘Michael has been delighting his readers for almost forty years and has written a vast number of books to be enjoyed by people of all ages.’

To buy tickets for the events go to portsmouthguildhall.org.uk, pop into the box office, or call (023) 9282 4355. Call (023) 9246 6620 for T S Eliot tickets.