Portsmouth Writers’ Season: Alison Habens

Novelist, academic and S&C Contributing Editor, Alison Habens discusses her creative intervention into the life and times of a legendary Portsmouth author. I was walking along Kings Road, on the last day of summer or the first day of autumn, just back from my tropical holiday in time for a new term to begin. September Read more

Achievement Unlocked: How to Speak Pompey

Anyone can spell something correctly, but it takes real skillz to spell things in Pomponian, our mother tongue. Mike Gumbrell levels up with this unique take on a North End street. Read more

You Say You Want a Revolution (Part II)

In the second of a special series of articles, cultural historian Dr Dave Allen looks back at Portsmouth in the late 1960s, a heady scene of hippies, hallucinogens and high quality music. San Francisco, London and other hip centres of the western world celebrated their ‘Summer of Love’ in 1967 after which we are told, Read more

You Say You Want a Revolution (Part I)

But did we? asks Portsmouth pop historian Dr Dave Allen in this first part of a series of articles on the impact of ’60s counterculture on our city, the legendary Birdcage venue playing a key role. Who wanted a revolution? Well John Lennon for one, since the enquiry comes directly from his lyrics to ‘Revolution’ Read more

The Curse of Noel Gallagher

While Manic Street Preachers headlined the Common Stage on the first evening of Victorious Festival in Southsea, the spotlight on Sunday was on Noel Gallagher’s much anticipated High Flying Birds. Giada Nizzoli was there. Now, if you were there for other bands in general or if you happened to find yourself by the Common Stage Read more

Behind the Scenes at the Victorious Festival

Having attracted a mammoth 120,000 people last weekend, the Victorious Festival has truly put Portsmouth on the musical map. In the run-up to the big event Maddie Wallace went behind the scenes to talk to the organisers about all the hard work involved in Portsmouth’s premier annual feast of culture and entertainment. James Ralls (38), Read more

Social Cinema: Fast Flash Frenetic Film

Portsmouth University student Chloe Franks salutes an extraordinary new genre that is revolutionising the way we watch and judge films and television programmes. There’s a man stumbling along the middle of a deserted road, back to the camera. His hair is dark and he wears a pristine black suit. His left foot drags a little Read more

Is Portsmouth the Birthplace of British Rock & Roll?

For this summer’s Portsmouth Festivities, our new Contributing Editor Dr Dave Allen was invited to give a talk on the topic ‘Portsmouth’s unique musical heritage’. His immediate response was that he didn’t think Portsmouth’s musical heritage is unique… but that doesn’t mean it isn’t significant. To prepare for the talk, I started to think about Read more

Pens, Project Management and Portsmouth Plugged In

Charlotte Comley reports on her recent experiences as the Project Manager for Portsmouth Plugged In, a collaboration between writers and filmmakers. The theme of this year’s Portsmouth Festivities was Electricity, and for ten days the city celebrated arts, culture and heritage on this theme through over 100 events delivered in 32 venues across the city. Read more

INSIDE: A Pompey Gamer’s Walkthrough

Portsmouth gamer Toxic Buddha takes on a thrilling new animated game, INSIDE, named “Best Independent Game” in the Game Critics Awards. INSIDE follows the journey of a small boy running from a series of mysterious strangers, worm-infested animals and zombie-like humans who appear to have been the victim of a horrific experiment. The game, developed Read more