Launch of the Portsmouth Literature Interactive Map
The English Literature section of SASHPL have launched the ‘Portsmouth Literature Interactive Map’ at https://litmap.nautoguide.com/#Home. You can explore notable locations from Portsmouth’s rich literary heritage and the vibrant contemporary writing scene of the city today; locate quotes from poetry, novels and plays in the cityscape; search biographical locations and details across the city; use the map for a walking tour or simply appreciate the depth of literary talent of the region.
This map has been produced to celebrate the extensive literary heritage and contemporary literary culture of the city. The map reveals that Portsmouth is rich with historical connections to writers such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan-Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Nevil Shute, Olivia Manning, Neil Gaiman, Michelle Magorian, and Graham Hurley. The map also highlights the city’s strong community of contemporary poets including Sam Cox, Maggie Sawkins, George Marsh and the university’s own Creative Writers, such as Will Sutton, Alison Habens, Tom Sykes and Tessa Foley.
This Civic Outreach project has been very well received across different sectors in the city and further developments are under way to create lasting collaborative links to Portsmouth City Council and its libraries, schools across the city and with writers and writing groups. The potential that this project brings to the city is an increased pride in the city as a cultural hub with the university playing an integral role. It begins the groundwork for larger projects to celebrate and heighten the national and international profile of the city and strengthen the cultural economy of the region.