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Writing Workshop 'A Tale of Portsmouth Town'

21 Nov 2015

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11.30-16.00

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Free

Burnaby Road

Portsmouth
Hants, United Kingdom

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By Celia's Arbour: A Tale of Portsmouth Town is the title of a long forgotten novel, first published in 1878, by Walter Besant who was born in Portsmouth and founded the Society of Authors.

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By Celia's Arbour: A Tale of Portsmouth Town is the title of a long forgotten novel, first published in 1878, by Walter Besant who was born in Portsmouth and founded the Society of Authors. The novel is set in the city’s port, and revolves around a retired sea captain, who lives by the mill-dam, taking in two orphaned boys, one a local 'mudlark', and the other '...an exile, a Pole, the son of a Polish rebel’. 

Dr. Alison Habens will lead a creative writing workshop that explores the novel’s themes and location. The workshop will take place in Milldam Building, where the novel is set, and will end with a guided walk around the university campus to the sites mentioned in the story, with extracts read at each location. 

The creative writing workshop will be followed by a panel discussion to explore the book's cultural and historical contexts and literary merits. 

Panel members will include Dr. Charlotte Boyce, Dr. Páraic Finnerty, Dr. Mark Frost, Dr. Christopher Pittard and Dr. Patricia Pulham from the Centre for Studies in Literature.

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