The Southsea Food Tour: T and Thistle

S&C food critic Emily Priest visits a Scottish-influenced haven of excellent local tea, perfect poached eggs and high-end panini fillings. I didn’t sleep well last night and woke up this morning in a flat mood. I slumped out of bed, put on my clothes with a sigh and readied myself for the day ahead. In Read more

Being a Full Time Mother is Not a Source of Shame

Madeleine Hagan is a student at the University of Portsmouth studying Creative and Media Writing. Originally from North Carolina, she likes telling stories about her experiences as an international student on her blog The Salt Compass ( In her spare time she is a seaside coffee shop tourist, passport stamp collector, and aspiring novelist.   Read more

Why Yik Yak is the Portsmouth Student’s App of Choice

Each morning Portsmouth University student Megan Langdon wakes up and has a stretch, before grabbing her phone and finding out the latest news from her friends. While she uses Facebook and Instagram a lot, she’s now convinced that the best app for staying up to date with Portsmouth’s student community is Yik Yak. Yik Yak‘s emphasis is hyperlocal, allowing its users to view posts Read more

The Southsea Food Tour: Aurora Café and Lounge

In a brand new series for S&C, journalist and food critic Emily Priest will be visiting Southsea’s most delectable diners, exquisite eateries and luscious luncheonettes. Named after the statue above the Kings Theatre, Aurora Café and Lounge has been in business since 2015 when it replaced Magick Bean. Since then it’s been making a big Read more

Portsmouth Artists’ Season: Samuel H James (higgy_)

Inspired by Dadaism, Jazz LP cover designs and the fiction of JG Ballard, Samuel H James (higgy_) talks us through some of his surrealistic ‘digi-collages’. ‘Cogs & Flues, Ostrich’   This piece has a vibrant wash in terms of colour and theme. The elegance of the flamboyant flamingos has been highlighted by a brighter spark Read more

The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

Jordan Osborne, S&C online editor and founder/editor of online culture publication Vendor, rounds up the week’s biggest music releases. The new Kendrick Lamar album is the inevitable standout this week but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be furthering your musical horizons. This week’s collection of essential releases is one of the most eclectic of the year Read more

Self Publishing: Behind the Scenes with Authors Reach

Richard Hardie is one of the founder members of Authors Reach, a co-operative of local authors turned self-publishers. Here’s how it works.    The job of being an author doesn’t stop with the words “The End”. In many ways that’s just the beginning. Publishers tend to spend their marketing budget on promoting books from authors who they know will turn out Read more

Eye on Portsmouth: Playing with the Pompey Patois

Meditations on Marx, Pompey architecture and translating the local lingo. Local resident Mike Gumbrell turns his satirical eye to some of Pompey’s unique foibles. Read more

Review: The Journalism of HG Wells: An Annotated Bibliography

Portsmouth University senior lecturer Tom Sykes reviews a recent bibliography of the works of HG Wells, who, before he was famous, worked as a draper’s apprentice in Portsmouth in the 1880s. There’s the aroma of a labour of love about this first ever full-scale Wells bibliography. Its compiler, the late US scholar David C Smith, spent Read more

The Case of the Naval Expert and the Missing MP

A number of authors, such as Rudyard Kipling and HG Wells, have connections with Southsea, although they wrote little, or nothing while they lived there. Frederick Thomas Jane (1865-1916), the eponymous founder of Jane’s Fighting Ships, produced some twenty books while dwelling in Southsea and gained a worldwide audience in the process. Portsmouth-based historian Richard Brooks Read more