Fairytale launch of city literary festival

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THE opening night of a major literary festival will feature Fairy Tales for Grown Ups.

Writers behind the Portsmouth Fairy Tales project will celebrate the publication of the anthology at the launch of Portsmouth BookFest, on October 23.

The two-week festival includes author talks – ranging from crime writer MC Beaton in the CSI Portsmouth line up, to historical events, poetry, school events and a Gruffalo Tea Party.

Tessa Ditner is one of the authors involved in Fairy Tales for Grown Ups, which features stories and a fairy tale map of famous writers with links to the city, such as Neil Gaiman and Shirley Conran.

She said: ‘I definitely didn’t want our map to be snooty and literary.

‘It had to be inclusive and remind people that the next Dickens and the next Conan Doyle is alive now and might be living on your street.’

Free tickets for the event, at Portsmouth Guildhall from 7.30pm, can be found at bit.ly/1sKuvdZ.