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Wednesday 12th: Portsmouth Author To Give Eccentric Literary Tour of Portsmouth Town

Author: MattWingett Published: 6th December 2018 20:42

Portsmouth A Literary and Pictorial Tour, Public Talk

Portsmouth author Matt Wingett cordially invites you to partake of an illustrated talk to celebrate and explore the many writers, famous and obscure, local and international, who are featured in his recently published book, Portsmouth a Literary and Pictorial Tour.

Starting at the top of Portsdown Hill, Matt Wingett will regale you with stories, anecdotes, facts and complete fictions as told by some of the greatest writers in English literature. As well as authors more usually associated with the city, such as Charles Dickens, Conan Doyle, H G Wells and Rudyard Kipling, Matt will look at some of the more unexpected literary figures to hold an opinion about the town. From the brilliant writing of Jonathan Meades, to the romance of Jane Austen and the ripping adventures of Captain Marryatt, Portsmouth is given a new lease of life by the characters and stories he encounters. Perhaps more surprisingly, Beatrix Potter reminisces about her holiday visit to the town - and Mahatma Gandhi remembers his encounter with a lascivious Portsmouth landlady!

You will also find out why St Jago the monkey became a celebrity in Portsea in the 18th Century, why T E Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) visited the Solent and how The Hot Walls got their name.

This lively, at times bawdy and joyous talk will take place at Southsea Library, Palmerston Road, Southsea, at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 12th December.

The event is free, but tickets must be booked in advance, here http://bit.ly/PompeyTour

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