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A Collaboration of Poetry and Photography around Portsmouth City Centre

Poetry – Tongues&Grooves

Photography – Janey Devine FRPS

Our city centres are facing huge challenges as we enter a period of economic uncertainty. Shops are closing, there are increasing numbers of people living rough on the streets. New development is changing the identity of our city.

This project puts a spotlight on some of these topics as well as examining issues affecting the people that live and work here.

The monochrome images are deliberately abstract, allowing multiple interpretations by the viewer. The poets have responded with their own interpretation, adding a richness and depth to the work and taking it to a new level.

This collaboration has resulted in a thought provoking body of work, that allows the viewer to reflect on important issues that currently affect our city of Portsmouth.

In conjunction with Portsmouth Book Fest, we are hosting several events:

EXHIBITION  – Tuesday 14 February – Sunday 5 March

Venue – Southsea Cinema and Arts Centre

1-3 Palmerston Road, Southsea, PO53QQ

Tuesday – Sunday 12pm – 7pm

 Exhibition is subject to SCAC screening times – so please check at our website first.


EXHIBITION OPENING  – Monday 13 February from 6 – 8pm

At – Southsea Cinema and Arts Centre

Coffee and drinks will be available to purchase


POETRY READING  – Sunday 26 February at 7 – 9pm

At Southsea Cinema and Arts Centre – Tickets £5 – BOOKING REQUIRED

A key event comprising of a poetry reading accompanied by images projected as a backdrop.  A discussion and opportunity to meet the artists will follow.

Coffee and drinks will be available to purchase.

Book here


Other Bookfest events:


Monday 27 February    3.30 – 5.00pm

Venue – Portsmouth Library  3rd Floor — Tickets £10 BOOKING REQUIRED

This Ekphrastic Writing Workshop offers the opportunity for you to use photographs from the City Scape exhibition as inspiration for your own poetry and prose. Open to new and more experienced writers.


Places for the Poetry Reading and Creative Writing Workshop need to be booked in advance as space is limited. (Poetry Reading – 30 places. Workshop – 15 places).

Booking should be made at:

https://librariesandarchives.portsmouth.gov.uk/public-library-service/whats-on/events/portsmouth-bookfest-2022/   Scroll down to Adult’s Programme