Portsmouth Darkfest


Portsmouth Darkfest, a month-long creative celebration of the supernatural has just begun. Developed in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth and the Supernatural Cities Project and Portsmouth Writers’ Hub, the series of events, including readings, talks, exhibitions, book launches and ghost tours, focuses on the supernatural associations with the city, instances of urban folklore and the city’s capacity to generate dark narratives.  For the full program of events click here.

I’m delighted to be taking part in the following events:


Aurora Front Room – ‘Into the Night’ Performance Poetry

Thursday 3rd November, 7.30-10.30 pm, Aurora Coffee Shop, Albert Road, PO5 2SJ

I’ll be reading from my novel Bodies of Water, alongside Francesca Beard, international performance poet and a host of hugely talented local poets. Includes open mic session too – turn up early if you want to perform.

FREE event, donations


Dark Victorians

Wednesday 9th November, 5.30 – 7 pm, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Cambridge Road, PO1 2EF

I’ll be participating in a talk by academics and novelists about the dark side of the Victorian life.  Local author Diana Bretherick will launch her latest novel, The Devil’s Daughters. Click here for more information or to get tickets.



Femmes Fatales Writers Workshop


Thursday 24th November, 6.30 -8.30 pm, Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth

A Portsmouth Writers Hub workshop based on an authors’ roundtable discussion about the character of the ‘femme fatale’. Feel free to dress up for the occasion!

Tickets: £5 – Available on the door


Dark City Book Launch and Printmaking Exhibition

Wednesday 30th November, 7 – 9 pm, Hunter Gatherer Café, Albert Road, PO4 0JR

Join us for the launch of Dark City, an anthology of scary Portsmouth stories by local authors. Includes an art exhibition by the Omega Printmakers. A farewell to the 2016 festival.


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