Cricket and pop music at book festival

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PORTSMOIUTH’S rich musical heritage will be explored in a talk by an expert at Portsmouth BookFest.

Author Dave Allen will take the stage at the Eastney Cellars for Pompey Pop, an illustrated history of 1950s and 1960s music in Portsmouth.

He will talk about bands that started the popular music scene and reminisce about venues such as The Birdcage, in Southsea, at the talk on October 23, at 7.30pm.

The next day Mr Allen will discuss his new book, 150 Not Out, about the history of Hampshire county cricket, at Portsmouth Central Library.

He said: ‘In cricket I keep alive the memories of the men who played and administered centuries ago. We have a new ground and I often speak of finding a home there for the ghosts of the past.

‘It’s much the same with the music. I’m preserving the memories and experiences of people in their 60s and 70s – we won’t be around a lot longer and I’d like the best stories preserved.’

To buy tickets call (023) 9268 8037.