Poetry, talks, and artists’ workshops: what’s on today for Portsmouth Festivities

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WONDERFUL verse read by the national poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, will be a highlight of today’s Portsmouth Festivities.

The reading will be at Portsmouth Grammar School in Old Portsmouth at 2pm and is open to the public.

At 4pm, there will be a talk by Dr Neil Faulkner about the First World War in the Middle East. This talk will take place at St John’s College in Southsea.

There will also be a young people’s debate on the topic ‘Should young people be able to access a wider variety of arts and culture outside of formal education?’ at the University of Portsmouth’s Eldon Building at 5.30pm.

Music fans can take their pick between choral and cabaret. Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral will host a choral evensong tonight from 6pm, which will be followed by the opera Dido and Aeneas at 7.30pm.

The Portsmouth Guildhall will host a cabaret Live Lounge Café with Richard Digance at 7.30pm.

Pie and Vinyl in Southsea is screening the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth at 7pm.

There will also be art workshops taking place today. Italian sculptor Nicola Rivelli will lead a session on board HMS Warrior at 1pm and Chinese calligrapher and painter Han Zhibing will lead a workshop at the Mountbatten Centre at 1pm.

For more information about what’s going on for Portsmouth Festivities visit portsmouthfestivities.co.uk.