Portsmouth Bookfest proving to be big hit

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EVENTS and activities at the Portsmouth Bookfest have been selling out fast as the festival enters its second week.

The festival, which runs until Sunday, November 4, is organised to try to encourage the public to get reading.

On Monday, Portsmouth’s Poet Laureate Sam Cox and Young Poet Laureate Joe McQuilken are joined by British Sign Language poet Donna Williams for an evening of words both spoken and in sign language.

Ms Williams said: ‘This is the perfect opportunity to explore different ways of “expressing myself” through my poetry, by performing various poems with a different degree of voiceover.’

On Tuesday, four authors from the urban fantasy genre will discuss their work.

Both of these events will take place at the Menuhin Theatre at 7pm. Tickets are £3.

On Wednesday, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will be discussed at the Square Tower from 7pm. Tickets are £5.

All library card holders receive a £1 discount against the ticket price.