Book based on city’s history gets a reading

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LOCAL writers have penned a short story celebrating the city of Portsmouth, in the spirit of historic local hero John Pounds and the wisdom of Charles Dickens.

Pounding Words was inspired by the work of Dickens, to celebrate John Pounds – the founder of the ragged school movement.

It will be presented in a special reading on Thursday at Café Parisien (Dickens Café), near The Registry pub, Portsmouth.

The reading will be performed by Portsmouth’s writer-in-residence, Steve Tasane, and six of the writers will also be at the event to answer questions.

The short novel is soon to be turned into a film, shot around the interior of the New Theatre Royal, along with Steve Tasane’s verse adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop.

And it is being published by local group Tricorn Books and will be available to buy at Portsmouth’s October Book festival. The reading on Thursday starts at 7.30pm and admission is free.