Excitement builds for Havant’s own celebration of words

WORDSMITH Havant writer Lucy Flannery, founder of the festival
WORDSMITH Havant writer Lucy Flannery, founder of the festival

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THE sixth Havant Literary Festival takes place between October 1 and 11 and this year there really is something for everyone!

Crime fans will be spoilt for choice with author events from ‘Deadly Dames’ including Charlie Cochrane, Leigh Russell and the chairwoman of the Crime Writers’ Association, Alison Joseph.

The very young will be enchanted by Blunderbus Theatre’s How to Catch A Star and over-nines will thrill to SOOP Theatre’s exciting A Viking Tale.

SOOP also cater for those with a taste for things that go bump in the night with the ever-popular Ghost Walk.

There’s a feast on offer for poetry lovers with Megan Beech, Paul Cree, Indigo Williams and Costa Award-winning John Haynes.

Suffragettes are celebrated with a panel discussion plus authors Lucy Fisher, Lucienne Boyce and Lucinda Hawksley talking about their new books.

Devotees of the Bard have not been neglected; they can enjoy talks titled ‘Thou Art More Lovely’, ‘The Formation of Genius’ and ‘The Beating of a Butterfly’s Wings’. And last but certainly not least, the outstanding Propeller Theatre bring their Pocket Merchant of Venice to The Spring.

Local literary luminaries are recognised with Pip Utton’s one-man Dickens show and a film screening and major exhibition of work by Portsmouth-born children’s writer Percy Westerman, a weaver of thrilling tales for 50 years.

Plus there will be a song-writing workshop, Festival Speed Dating, Henry VIII Revisited and ‘How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse in Havant’. See havantlitfest.org.uk. Brochures are available at libraries, shops and The Spring.