BookFest line-up includes war, sport and spookiness

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WARTIME memories will be evoked at an event with a much-loved author.

Lillian Harry, who was born and brought up in Gosport during the Second World War is back at Portsmouth BookFest by popular demand.

She is loved by fans around the world for her knack of bringing to life the vivid atmosphere of her childhood to books such as Snowfall in Burracombe.

Lillian will discuss her career, read excerpts from her books and give advice about writing at the event on November 1 at Portsmouth Guildhall, at 7pm.

Ahead of that, there are still tickets left for The Final Whistle – a look at the stories of the players of Rosslyn Park rugby club, London, whose players perished in the First World War.

Stephen Cooper, author of The Final Whistle, will talk through the stories of the players who had local links, including a Royal Navy officer.

The event is tomorrow at USC Clubhouse, Burnaby Road, at 7pm.

Prepare to be spooked the following night by Portsmouth Writer’s Hub.

Local authors will read scary tales for adults in the Square Tower, from 8pm.

And from 7pm the following night discuss and swap books at the Firestation Bookswap on tour at Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf.

For tickets call the box office on (023) 9268 8037 or The Hayling Island Bookshop, which is organising the event with Portsmouth City Council, on (023) 9246 6620.