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Strong Island Calendar 2015

You should all be well aware that over the last year we have been compiling a calendar using photographs submitted to us by you, the Strong Island readers. We are really excited by our 2015 edition, I didn’t think it was possible but the bar has been raised yet again!

The calendar again features photography submitted throughout 2014 from local photographers. The calendar is full colour printed A4 and folds out and hangs so that one side of A4 contains the month’s photos and the other side has a large format calendar perfect for keeping your important dates through the year.

£1 of each calendar sale goes to the Alzheimer’s Society Portsmouth based services. They are the UK’s leading care and research charity for people living with dementia and their carers.

The calendars are still only available as a pre-order from our online shop HERE. We are expecting to have them in hand by next Thursday. They are priced at £10 each if you collect from Strong Island Co, 12 Highland Road, Southsea. Postal orders cost £12 each and international postal orders cost £14 each.

I guess it’s about time we share with you some more of the amazing photographs which have been included this year.

Danielle Gridley
Danielle Gridley
Nick Weall
Nick Weall
Megan Barnes
Megan Barnes
Jay Hansford
Jay Hansford
Sam Brooks
Sam Brooks
Melanie Easthope
Melanie Easthope

Made with Hartt… Christmas Market

Portsmouth’s youth volunteering service Community Fusion are holding another Made with Hartt Christmas market at The Wedgewood Rooms on 29th November from 11am until 4pm.

The market has stalls from plenty of Portsmouth and Southsea’s finest creatives. There will be tea and cake (and beer at the bar) as well as live music. There are a couple of spaces available if you would like to have a table there. For more information please contact Jenna on or on 07582 919 091.

Entry is FREE so head on down for a bit of Christmas shopping for your friends and family, or even treat yourself to something nice.

You can stay up to date with all things Community Fusion via Facebook and Twitter @CommunityFusion.

Made with hartt

Jay Howard – Fireworks Time Lapse

The Gunwharf Quays fireworks display has long been one of the best Guy Fawkes Night celebrations in the area. Local photographer Jay Howard has been recently been experimenting with time-lapse photography and managed to capture a nice video of the afternoon and the evenings events.

ISO 100 Photography

You can follow Jay on Facebook and Twitter @jay_iso100.

Pie & Vinyl Records Presents…TRAAMS, The Boy I Used To Be & Rickyfitts

This time next month our friends at Pie & Vinyl Records are putting on a Christmas party the only way they know how, thats with great music! Headlining the show will be TRAAMS with support from The Boy I Used To Be, Rickyfitts and a vinyl only DJ set from Death Bitto.

The gig will be held in the Fat Fox on Albert Road. Tickets for the event are £4 each and are available from inshore or online HERE.

Merry Christmas music lovers!

 Pie & Vinyl Records Presents...TRAAMS, The Boy I Used To Be & Rickyfitts

Christmas Contemporary Makers Fair

This weekend Aspex Gallery will be hosting their Christmas Contemporary Makers Fair. The event show cases a number of artists and designer-makers who will be exhibiting and selling their work.

After the success of the events back in February & August, Aspex will once again be handing over its main exhibition space to showcase some of the very best contemporary craft in the region, this time with a festive twist.

A full list of the exhibitors selected by Aspex is now available, and features some of the very best contemporary craft in the region, across a range of artistic media, including jewellery, ceramics, printmaking, glass, textiles, amidst others.


The full list of everyone involved:

• Mitzi Broadbent –
• Jo Calverly –
• Sylvaine Frouin –
• Anikó Gajdocsi –
• Bryony Jennings –
• Carly Mann –
• Catherine McGinness –
• Emma Nicol –
• Rachel Reynolds –
• Martin Snelling
• Marina Skia –
• Miesje Chafer & Malisa Sledmere –
• Melody Vaughan –
• Dan Wendes –
• Mary & Julia de Klerk –

Find out more by visiting

Sylvaine Frouin
Marina Skia
Bryony Jennings
Bryony Jennings
Mary & Julia de Klerk

Temporary Men: Portsmouth Women In The First World War Exhibition

Donna Bish of the New Theatre Royal has been working in partnership with Portsmouth Academy for Girls, Priory School and Portsmouth High School in a project to research the role of Portsmouth women as “Temporary Men” during the First World War.

Funded by Portsmouth City Council and the Armed Forces Community Covenant the Portsmouth Central Library is hosting a free exhibition this week to celebrate thees women, their lives and their contributions to the war.

During her research Donna found three women who stood out: Hertha Ayrton, the Portsea born scientist and inventor who invented the Ayrton anti-gas fan which was used prolifically in the War; Yvonne Evans, granddaughter of Portsea Alderman Henry Evan and the first Portsmouth woman to register with the WRNS; and Beatrice Hobby, a Portsea lady who worked in the Dockyard for much of the war after her husband was killed in action. Students from Portsmouth High School are devising a new performance based on the lives of these women.

The New Theatre Royal explain that “the Exhibition, Temporary Men: Portsmouth Women in the First World War will display the students’ art, written and performance work as well as historical information and photos. A list of names of Portsmouth’s “Temporary Men” and their individual roles will be later published on the New Theatre Royal website.”

The exhibition runs for one week only, so don’t hang around as your last chance to see this will be on the 15th November. The exhibition itself is being held no the first floor but if you are not sure then any of the lovely members of staff will point you in the right direction.

If you have any information, anecdotes or share an interest in Portsmouth’s maternal ancestors I am assured Donne would love to hear from you! Please email


Doodle Club by Chantelle Wyatt

We all do it, we all sit at our desks or on the phone and get distracted with a cheeky little doodle of something totally and therapeutically unrelated.

Doodle club has been no stranger to Portsmouth and many of us have popped along at one time or other. It is a great night which has a real community feel, bringing us all together to chat and scribble over a beer and some yummy food and what more could we ask for in the approaching chilly winter months.

I joined them for a catch up with organiser Kendal James of Eyecandy. It was great to see that the club is still going strong after it’s move from the now closed down Registry pub into the cozy Kings Street Tavern.

A long table of smiley faces worked on all sorts of cool and quirky sketches while Kendal updated us on what the club has been up too.

The guys have created a fabulous little colouring book with an aim to raise money for Community Fusion’s Youth Volunteer service. The service aim’s to benefit the local community and residents as well as all of the young people involved through improvement projects which include renovation, gardening, campaigning, painting and much more. What a creative and fun way to support a good cause!

Community Fusion also offers training within schools and higher education establishments to get active in their local areas and to have a say and make the place they live in what their community wants it to be.

It was also great to hear about the upcoming Christmas fair that is being organised by Kendal James with many doodle club goers attending to sell their lovely work. You can check out the fair on Dec 6th at the Kings Street Tavern.

Thanks Doodle Club and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

Words and photographs by Chantelle Wyatt







Last week saw Strong Island favourite Laurel release ‘Memorials’ on her SoundCloud account. Memorials is the first track to be taken from her upcoming EP ‘Holy Water’ which comes out on December 16th.

Written by Laurel, she describes that the track is about a love that you cannot forget but at some point have to let go of. ‘He don’t believe me, and my young soul is sold to his heart’. The girl has a talent for writing honest and heartfelt songs which show her to be much more than the most pop stars.

Anyone who has been listening to Radio 1 over the last few weeks will have heard Laurel’s track ‘Shells’ getting plenty of air play by the stations leading DJ’s Huw Stephens and Fearne Cotton.

To stay up to date on future releases you can follow Laurel on Facebook, Twitter @ClassicLaurel, YouTube and SoundCloud.

Laurel - Memorials

Russell Hardman x David Sharp – Embroidered ‘LongLive Southsea’ Patch

Designer Russell Hardman‘s work should be instantly recognisable to the people of Portsmouth and especially those who shop in Bored of Southsea. Russell’s awesome work includes the Portsea Island Apparel, Southsea Fest 2014/Longlive Coop Stage – Vintage Panini Poster and of course the LongLive Southsea Apparel.

Earlier in the year Russell collaborated with embroidery specialists David Sharp Ltd for the Printwear and Promotion Live event at the Birmingham NEC. The final product looks fantastic and sadly is a one off. You can however get your hands on the LongLive Southsea gear over on the Bored of Southsea website –

You can also find more work from Russell at

LongLive Southsea

LongLive Southsea 2

LongLive Southsea 1

Kassassin Street ‘Centre Straight Atom’

Last month Kassassin Street released their latest single ‘Centre Straight Atom’ via their SoundCloud page, but from today the track is now available to download on iTunes.

The single follows on from the success of their debut single ‘The Royal Handkerchief Ballet’. The debut was widely praised by critics including Tom Robinson at BBC 6Music and NME who featured the unsigned band in their Radar section and Buzz Playlist of the Week.

Recorded in London at Konk Studios, ‘Centre Straight Atom’ was also produced by Tristan Ivemy, whose previous credits include Frank Turner, The Holloways and Hares.

Kassassin Street are headlining The Rifles Club this Friday, with support from Number 9, Popobawa and The Boy I Used To Be. The afterparty will go on until the early hours courtesy of DJ Genius Juggler. The event is now sold out but I am lucky enough to have a ticket and I can’t wait!

‘Centre Straight Atom’ is available on iTunes for 79p and you can get hold of a copy HERE. Go treat yourself!

Kassassin Street by Jon Neil
Photo by Jon Neil Photography

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Created Local – John Illsley

We got sent a link to John Illsley’s website recently, loads of amazing photos including many from all over Southsea and Portsmouth, be sure to check it out. Here are a few examples:

John Illsley

John Illsley

It’s nice to be nice!

A new reader of Strong Island recently sent us this email. Glad to hear we’re doing things right and feedback of all kinds is always welcome, as is beer. Of course.

“Hi all at Strong Island

I just wanted to email to say as a recent visitor to your site how great it is to see something that celebrates the creative, cultural and positive life of Portsmouth and Southsea (and I don’t even skate or cycle!). ‘Strong Island’ sums up the spirit of this place so well. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing the site go from strength to strength and maybe impacting on some of the decision making that goes on.”

Best wishes



Meg and Lynda hug it out with the help of Andy.

Bricks & More Ta

Illustration – Tristan

Last Day of the Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester

The Creating Balance Project exhibition’s current residency at the Pitfield Pop-Up in Winchester ends today with the exhibition receiving some really great comments and coverage on websites, etc. Below are some photos by our own Claire Sambrook from a recent visit when many of the project’s artist/designer/photographer participants went up for a look. See more of Claire’s Creating Balance Project photos over on here Flickr.

The Creating Balance Project exhibition will return home to Portsmouth on the 10th of January 2014 for an extended exhibition at Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf, with an opening party and a series of other events and activities to be announced very soon. Ourselves and Anglepoise® are all really looking forward to showing the project to everyone in Portsmouth very soon!

To find out more about the project and exhibition please visit:

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (1)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (2)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (3)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (4)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (5)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (6)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (7)

Creating Balance Project Exhibition at Pitfield in Winchester (8)

Southsea Typeface

When ever possible I like to do the odd piece that’s just for me, just for fun. This came about off the back of something I was doing for work. Messing around with pens and pencils, then putting it through the computer. Maybe I’ll tackle Strong Island at the weekend! Oh, and for those that know him it’s Borneos birthday this Friday. KST then on to Albert Road. Be sure to check my flickr photostream to see the carnage.

Click the read more link to see a whole variety of colours.


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