Portsmouth Bookfest 20×12 – Charlotte Comley

Today’s writer for the Portsmouth Bookfest 20×12 readings series is Charlotte Comley, who will be reading at Portsmouth Central Library at 12.20. Charlotte is an absolutely outstanding performer. I recently saw her semi-improvise a monologue which was funny, bittersweet and with a surreal twist that reminded me of Alan Bennett.

If you are close to Portsmouth city centre this Monday lunchtime and can find time to pop into the library to watch Charlotte read, you’re in for a real treat, I promise you.

Charlotte blogs at http://aimingforapublishingdeal.blogspot.co.uk/

UPDATE – Charlotte has written a great blog piece about her 20×12 experience – read it here.

Portsmouth Bookfest 20×12 – DJ Kirkby

Today’s writer for the 20×12 events at Portsmouth Bookfest is DJ Kirkby (@DJKirkby), who will be reading from her book for children Realand at Southsea Library, 12.20 pm. DJ is an all round lovely person and prolific writer. I’ve seen her read before and she’s excellent, so if you’re out and about in Southsea today (with or without children) I can definitely recommend that you drop in to meet her and hear her read.

DJ also has a great website which is well worth a visit.


Christine Lawrence @ Portsmouth Bookfest 20×12

I am now the proud owner of a signed copy of Caught in the Web by local author Christine Lawrence. Christine read an excerpt from her first novel at Southsea Library today as part of the Portsmouth Bookfest 20×12, a series of free readings by local authors.

Christine was an engaging reader, drawing the audience in[to the web!] with an energetic performance that gripped the attention of a few passers-by who ended up staying to watch. In keeping with the theme of her book, which deals with the incarceration of unmarried pregnant women in mental institutions, Christine created an atmosphere of claustrophobia and confinement, not only with her words, but also with her clever use of confined space and movement throughout the reading.

A great start to 20×12!

You can find out more about Christine at her blog:



Christine used space and movement to create a claustrophobic atmosphere

Book signing after the reading