Spinnaker Tower will be beacon to celebrate city’s poetry and music

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ACTRESS and Chancellor of Portsmouth University Sheila Hancock will be celebrating the city’s involvement with poetry and music.

Poetry over Portsmouth will be held at the Spinnaker Tower this Thursday evening.

It has been organised by poetry and music champions Spinnaker Press and Tongues & Grooves.

Ms Hancock will be speaking about the increasing numbers of people in the city involved in poetry.

Maggie Sawkins, secretary of Tongues & Grooves, said: ‘Portsmouth has an impressive history in both arts.

‘People can witness the traditional shanties, dockyard work songs, pub songs and broadsheet ballads of the past.

‘The city went quiet after the Second World War – I guess there wasn’t much to sing about.

‘Now the city has really woken up.

‘New bands are emerging all the time. They try out their lyrics and musical arrangements in pubs and clubs and, if they succeed, on bigger stages.

‘It’s the same story for poetry, and it’s all to do with lots of ordinary people getting together in groups and clubs and being willing to take part.’

Spinnaker Press is the city’s first small publisher dedicated to poetry.

Its launch publication, This Island City, is the first anthology of poetry about Portsmouth.

Julie Millard of Spinnaker Press, said: ‘We see the Spinnaker Tower as a beacon, beaming the city’s poetry over the south coast.’

There will be readings from This Island City, and music about Portsmouth by Southsea folk group, Feckless.

Portsmouth High School’s String Trio will be playing, and Grace Gladston, who won the Make It Break It award.

The event at the tower runs from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.