The Crime Writers’ Association

Portsmouth BookFest & MysteryFest 2018

Portsmouth BookFest runs from Monday 12th February to Saturday 3rd March.

MysteryFest is on 3 March

This year sees the city’s eighth book festival, taking place at venues throughout the city, and it will present a varied programme of events – as much for writers as readers.

BookFest is delighted to welcome bestselling crime author Peter James to the festival for the first time. Peter’s books are set in Brighton and are enormously popular with Portsmouth readers. Peter will be interviewed by local crime writer Pauline Rowson.

Crime is also represented this year with an exciting all day event on Saturday 3 March. Portsmouth MysteryFest is a full day event where for the £15 ticket readers will be able to access talks and two panel events, with a cream tea included in your ticket price! Speakers and panellists include Linda Stratmann, Leigh Russell, Barbara Nadel, Carol Westron, Angela Arney, Peter Tickler, Brian Murphy, Ann Granger, Linda Regan and William Shaw.

BookFest is pleased to work with local writing talent. There are many workshops for budding authors including a Publishing Weekend where authors and experts will be able to give advice on getting your work noticed, editing, promotion and the options for publishing. BookFest is also hosting a number of workshops on how to write including writing your memories, writing and illustrating for comics and writing for children.

Tickets can be purchased:

At most events there will be an opportunity to buy books and have them signed by the author and at the Peter James event ticket holders will be able to use their tickets to obtain a discount off a book bought at the event.

For any questions about the events please call 02392 688037

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