Day of the Dead skulls raise cash to inspire youngsters

FANGS Participants at the Day of the Dead performance
FANGS Participants at the Day of the Dead performance
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SOME spooky goings-on made for a very creative charitable endeavour on Halloween.

Talented writers got together at the Square Tower, in Old Portsmouth, for the third annual Day of the Dead performance.

Organised by Portsmouth Writers Hub, the event featured poetry, song and original writing.

Author Will Sutton said: ‘It was a cavalcade of mystery, horror and ghostliness.

‘There were seasoned performers, such as poet Maggie Sawkins and novelist Diana Bretherick, delighting us with dystopian visions.

‘There were also newcomers to the Portsmouth Writers Hub, who had attended a ReAuthoring workshop, hosted by the Guildhall Cultural Trust.

‘Justin MacCormack particularly spooked the audience, with his tale Insomnia, while Jacqui Pack gave us a poetic vision in The Last Days of Winter.’

The audience pitched in with costumes, enjoying ghost stories, horror, domestic drama, and spooky spectres.

There was music from Philip Jeays, Jamie West and Radio KWG.

Will added: ‘This was another night to remember in the Square Tower.

‘The Writers Hub will be back in Bookfest for Valentine’s Day Massacre stories at the Wave Maiden.’

A replica Mexican altar piece was created and covered in skulls decorated by prominent local artists as part of James Waterfield’s Lawn of the Dead.

James was raising money for local art project Community Fusion and asked friends to create the weird and wonderful skulls, made from cement.

They were sold off and a raffle, for a skull decorated by world-renowned artist My Dog Sighs, raised £100 for the charity.

In total £260 was raised for Community Fusion which aims to inspire and encourage young adults to make a positive change in their lives through volunteer projects in the local community.

James, a teacher, also held skull decorating workshops throughout the half-term. For more information go to