Plenty to do at Portsmouth’s free literary festival

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ARTS venues across the city will be opening their doors to the public to enjoy free events, tours, workshops, exhibitions and performances.

The day-long Lost Hour festival, on March 24, is in its fourth year and Portsmouth’s rich literary history will be the focus of the event.

Drawing inspiration from its most famous literary sons Charles Dickens and Arthur Conan Doyle, the festival will showcase modern writing talent too.

Sam Cox, Portsmouth Poet Laureate, will perform, there will be an evening opening of Charles Dickens Birthplace, a script-writing workshop of Dickens’ works and performances of Dickens’ ghost story The Signal Man.

Liz Weston, from New Theatre Royal put the programme together.

She said: ‘With over 40 events this is the biggest Lost Hour yet and is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Portsmouth to experience the richness of the arts activities available in the city.’

Go to newtheatreroyal.com or call (023) 9264 6477.