Exhibition for Portsmouth author is announced

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THE most popular children’s writer of the 1930s, Percy F. Westerman, will be celebrated in his home city of Portsmouth with an exhibition at the city’s History Centre.

The show – Ripping Yarns and the Tale of the Forgotten Author – charts the life and works of Portsmouth-born adventure writer Mr Westerman, pictured, who began his writing career while working as an admiralty clerk in the city’s dockyard.

His first book A Lad of Grit was published in 1908. The exhibition is being presented by arrangement with The Westerman Yarns, which celebrates and encourages interest in his life and works.

The exhibition opens in January.

Nigel Gossop, the founder of The Westerman Yarns said: ‘I’m delighted that the Portsmouth History Centre has chosen to host this exhibition; this is a wonderful opportunity to show Westerman’s work to a wider audience.

‘Percy loved Portsmouth and often used it as a location in his books.’

Nigel will launch the exhibition at the Portsmouth History Centre on Tuesday, January 6 at 11am.

Lindy Elliott, library services manager for Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘Westerman’s contribution to the city’s literary heritage was significant.’

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