THE Havant Literary Festival poetry competition is now open.
Renowned poet, author and playwright Naomi Foyle has agreed to judge the competition which attracts entries from across the country.
It is just one of the events at the festival which begins on October 19 at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, in Havant.
On the Friday night there will be a ‘Bookshelf Barney’ where well-known writers and artists will pitch the book which they think is the best ever written.
Saturday will offer a writing workshop for young people from local schools with Miriam Halahmy, whose novel for young teenagers, Hidden, set on Hayling Island, was short-listed for several awards.
Crime writer Graham Hurley will give a talk on his prodigious output, much of which is set in and around Portsmouth. Running concurrently during October is an exhibition of the work of Betty Pepper.
To keep up to date go to havantlitfest.org.uk.