Congratulations to Shane O’Leary for correctly answering our three questions and winning a copy of Adam Carroll-Smith’s book Six Stickers.
For more information about the book check our previous post HERE.
Congratulations to Shane O’Leary for correctly answering our three questions and winning a copy of Adam Carroll-Smith’s book Six Stickers.
For more information about the book check our previous post HERE.
For years, Adam Carroll-Smith bragged about his Premier League ’96 sticker album. The only sticker book he ever completed: a special childhood achievement which helped cement his love for football. After nearly two decades gathering dust in the loft, leafing through the album he discovers a small problem. In fact, there are half-a-dozen. The precious sticker album he remembered as complete, isn’t. Six stickers are missing. Determined to re-complete his album, there’s only one thing Adam can do. He embarks on a spur-of-the-moment mission to track down and photograph the half-dozen players still missing from the album – hoping to finally complete his treasured collection.
Six Stickers is a fun and interesting story of life and football. In this epic tale of adventure and obsession, Adam gets lost in Belgium and even more lost in Kent, finds out more than he could ever want to know about Henry VIII, attempts to brush the moustache of a former Premier League legend, found out ex-Man City defender Keith Curle fancies Gary Penrice’s mum, and that Newcastle legend Philippe Albert would rather work in a factory than play football in the modern Premier League and he eats chocolate biscuits with an ex-England winger, all in pursuit of his goal of collecting those last six stickers.
Adam has kindly donated a copy for one lucky Strong Islander to win. All you need to do is answer the following questions.
1) Who won the Premier League in 1995/96
2) Who was the Premier League top scorer in 1995/96
3) Name one club which was relegated from the Premier League in 1995/96
You can email your answers to email@example.com. You’ll have until midnight on Sunday to get your answers in. The winner will be selected and announced here next Monday.
Former snooker stars past and present are at the Mountbatten Centre for the 2013 World Seniors Championship this weekend. This is the second year of hosting the competition for Portsmouth after it moved here for the first time last year.
It really is the cream of the crop from past top professionals seeing former World Snooker champions Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Dennis Taylor as well as Jimmy White and Cliff Thorburn and a host of others. The tournament is live on Sky Sports from 1pm and the climax to the tournament is today featuring the quarter finals, semi finals and then the showpiece final.
It’s great to see the city attracting big names and big events like this and is even better for snooker fans. Tickets are available from the World Snooker website.
Picture: World Snooker
This Thursday 26th September sees England playing Turkey in the women’s World Cup qualifier at Portsmouth’s very own Fratton park. Kick off is at 7.05pm and will hopefully be a repeat victory for England who beat Turkey 3-0 back in 2011.
Portsmouth FC’s engagement manager Micah Hall said: “We are both honoured and delighted to be hosting this Women’s World Cup qualifier here at Pompey. We have had a fantastic turn out when England Women have played here and we are hoping that once again Portsmouth and football fans across the south, will come and join us for this prestigious event.”
There will be free activities taking place outside the ground from 5pm including interactive football based games. Games include batak boards, a speed cage, a target shoot inflatable plus a new trailer which houses digital stations and the FA WSL, Cyprus Cup and the FA Girls’ Youth Cup.
To mark the FA’s 150th anniversary and 20 years of the them taking over the running of the women’s game tickets can be purchased for as little a £2.50! Buy tickets here.
After a break over the summer, Portsmouth Roller Wenches are back to full strength to host their third bout in 2013. Manchester’s Rainy City Tender Hooligans are making their journey down south to see what the wenches are made of.
Advanced Tickets are £7 and available HERE.
Tickets on the door: £8
12 years and under go FREE!
Doors open at 1.30pm. First whistle at 2pm
There will be an after party however details to be confirmed closer to the time via the Facebook Event HERE.
Next weekend Milton Park are opening up the courts for you to turn up and use for FREE as part of the National Great British Tennis Weekend. Equipment will also be provided if you don’t have your own. You don’t need to book to use the free play courts and equipment, just come down to Milton Park ready to play tennis. Alternatively you can book onto a specific coaching session and make the most of the coaching staff on hand.
You can find out more about coaching sessions HERE.
With the new season approaching Pompey Supporters Trust and Portsmouth FC were looking at replacing many of the old and outdated pieces of artwork at Fratton Park. The club partnered up with Pompey 12th Man and Strong Island Community with the aim to work on an ongoing arts project over the length of the season. The aim is to work with local artists, illustrators, designers & photographers, to engage with Pompey’s 12th Man and supporters to dramatically improve the artwork in and around the stadium.
Over the years with Strong Island we have run community arts projects and exhibitions such as the Strong Island Round Tower Exhibition, Primary and more but we were limited to self funding these projects. Strong Island Community is a new not for profit company that allows us to access funding and dedicate time to expanding on the projects we can work on, including this new, year long partnership project.
The first phase of the project was to work with Bruce Jamieson, Matt Howarth and Johnny Winslade from Portsmouth’s infamous design company ilovedust, all long time supporters of the club and part of an innovative design company that is world renowned for their work with clients such as Nike, Red Bull, Coca Cola, MTV and more. Three large murals have been created, two at the entrances to the Fratton End and one in the North Stand. Quotes and stats feature alongside iconic players, illustrated in a style that allows the club’s glorious past to shine within the setting of it’s exciting new chapter. ilovedust will be involved more in the project as a whole moving forward.
Another phase of the partnership will be creating Pompey Supporters Walls in all of the stands that we hope will tell the story of the first season of community ownership as told by the fans themselves. Over the 2013/14 season we will be running ‘We Are Pompey’, asking fans to post up photos via social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc) and tag them with the hashtag #WeArePompey, these photos at the end of the season will all be collected together and displayed in large wall murals around the ground, creating artwork by the fans, for the fans, that also documents the first season of a new era for the club. We are hoping fans will begin to use this hashtag from tomorrow’s first league home game.
Further phases of the partnership project will be rolled out during the season and will involve many famous local artists and also work with young people, so expect to see fresh new Pompey artwork in all the stands in the coming weeks and months. Funding for the project has come from PST, Pompey’s 12th Man, charitable donations and also from the sale of Strong Island’s collaboration t-shirt with Portsmouth FC. Each t-shirt sold sees £5 go direct to finding this project and other projects that aim to improve the ground by working with local creatives. Many of the artists and the people involved are working on a voluntary basis, keeping the costs to minimum and allowing for striking, bold new artwork to continue to help keep the spirits high for the club’s first season under ownership of the fans and the local community.
Find out more about this project and Strong Island Community at the new website:
Tomorrow sees the first Pompey Fans Day in the new era of community ownership with an event for the fans, by the fans as it is hosted by The Tony Goodall Fans Conference (the collective of fans groups and organisations) and managed by Pompey’s 12th Man and all to raise money for Portsmouth FC & Pompey Supporters Trust charity plus the following charities: Pompey in the Community, Tom Prince Cancer Trust, Asthma UK and Oakley’s Walking Fund.
The family friendly event runs from 11am-2pm (before the Charlton friendly kicks off) in the carpark behind the Fratton End and will include live music from the Trust band The Dickensian Vagabonds, The Union King, Mojo Dollar and Luke Ferre. There will also be stands from artists, designers and traders including Urban Gallery FA Cup Prints and we’re very happy to say a stall with Strong Island Clothing Co and local illustrator Lee Casey. Strong Island Clothing Co will be selling not only the highly popular collaboration tee with Portsmouth FC in the home colour-way of Navy & Gold but also two new ‘away’ colours of White & Navy plus Blue & White. These two new colours will be only available at the Pompey Fans Day before going in to the online shop later next week. As always, these Strong Island X Portsmouth FC collaboration tees will be £15 and £5 from each sale will go to the club. Lee Casey will be sharing our stall and selling his awesome, limited edition, signed illustration prints. Be sure to drop by our stall and get involved.
Portsmouth FC will also be unveiling the new away kit for the team on the day, there will be a dunk tank, bouncy castle, five-a-side football, bungee racing, football challenges, loads of amazing food available plus a replica FA cup for photos. Finally, but by no means least, there will be an incredible raffle with tonnes of amazing prizes donated by local businesses and people.
Tristan from Strong Island Media designed the flyer for Pompey Fans Day (see below) and also the amazing, huge backdrop you’ll see tomorrow.
Did you know we have one of the finest Pilates Teachers in the UK right in here in Southsea? For those curious or looking for an alternative to the gym check out the Everybody Pilates Studio in Kings Road.
Amy Kellow is the owner of Everybody Pilates who has been practicing Pilates for over 8 years. She began her Pilates journey attending local Pilates mat classes and developing her personal practice. She noticed a change in her body shape, the enthusiasm grew and she completed a mat certification. Amy soon discovered the differences in the styles of Pilates being taught and it became quickly apparent that Classical Pilates was the real deal. She decided to focus her training in Classical Pilates and created her own dedicated Pilates Studio in the Old Treasury building in Kings Road. The Studio celebrates it’s 4th Birthday in October.
Amy is mentored by Jay Grimes who is a Pilates Elder – effectively one of the best Pilates instructors in world. She travels to Los Angeles twice a year to work with Jay. In September this busy lady is also running her own Classical Pilates Convention in Windsor where Jay Grimes will teach along with other international Pilates stars.
The Southsea studio also run an educational side which is blossoming where enthusiasts from all over the UK attend weekend workshops.
Pilates Classes are available throughout the week Monday to Saturday. Everybody is welcome regardless of fitness level. A busy women, and clearly someone who knows what she is doing So, whether you have specific fitness goals, ongoing back problems or just love pilates they have a session for you. Get loose over at www.everybodypilates.co.uk
The Portsmouth Roller Wenches once again welcome you to watch as they take on the mighty Kent Roller Girls at Havant Leisure Centre this coming Saturday 1st June.
This will be the second bout of the Wenches’ Four Seasons bouting series. After winning the first of these games, the Wenches are hopeful but know that Kent will put up a fight.
Don’t miss your chance to watch these fast, furious females in action and support your local roller derby team. Doors open at 3.30pm at Havant Leisure Centre, with the first whistle at 4pm! Tickets are £7 in advance and £8 on the door. Children under 12 go FREE.
There will be an after party at The Loft above the The Kings, 39 Albert Road, Southsea. I’ve heard these Wenches aren’t as scary as they might seem in competition. Well some of them anyway!
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:
The 2014 Strong Island Calendar is now in stock and available to order from our online store HERE for only £10 (+ £1.50 p&p if required) with £2 of each sale going to the Alzheimer’s Society and the Feel Yourself Campaign.
Those who are looking to pick up from Strong Island HQ (at the back of Head Hairdressers, 53 Albert Road) are able to do this from today. I will be down there myself sorting through postal orders, all of which should be out within the next 48 hours. Please check HERE for opening times.
We have been overwhelmed by the number of orders that have come in! Please don’t wait too long to place your order! At the rate they are selling we expect to sell out by Christmas.
A huge, huge thank you to everyone who submitted incredible photography for this year. We were stoked with the enthusiasm for the calendar and all the images sent in really captured some unique sights of this city throughout 2013.
You can see a selection of the images from our 2013 and 2014 Calendars in an exhibition in the Wine Vaults in the snug bar (right hand side). This event is in collaboration with Southsea Gallery.
We’re really excited to say Strong Island (Paul & Tris) will be DJing at The Belle Isle with the mighty Civilisation of the Rough crew this New Year’s Eve. Tickets are only £5 in advance from the bar at the Belle and £10 on the day plus you get a free cocktail on entry. Going to be good!
In the last five years at Strong Island we have been involved in a number of projects which success is owed to our readers and their involvement. The calendar is in it’s second year and after seeing the final product I can tell you that you are in for a treat. I knew it would be difficult to surpass what we brought to you last year but I think we might have managed to do just that.
The exhibition will feature images used in our 2013 and 2014 Calendars.
Two pounds from each calendar sale is going to support Alzheimer’s Society and the Feel Yourself Campaign. The calendars themselves will be available from the Strong Island shop to pre order next week with delivery expected late November.
Last Saturday saw the closing event of BookFest 2013 – CSI Portsmouth. In its fourth year, this sell-out event brings a panel of crime authors and crime-fighting professionals together for a day of lively discussion and debate on crime fact versus crime fiction.
CSI Portsmouth is the brainchild of local crime novelist Pauline Rowson, whose novels are set in Portsmouth and on the Isle of Wight, and follow the investigations of DI Andy Horton. She organised the first CSI Portsmouth in 2010, and since then the event has attracted crowds from around Hampshire and beyond.
This year’s event, supported by Hayling Island Bookshop and Portsmouth City Council Library Service, was held in the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The day kicked off with a welcome from Pauline followed by a session with the morning’s panel. Crime author Kerry Wilkinson was joined by forensic toxicologist Dr Alex Allan and Hampshire Police drugs expert Mick Ellis. The discussion was peppered with the blunt humour of Ellis, who named Life on Mars as his favourite crime show on TV, and when asked what he does to relax, simply answered: “I drink beer.” This was followed by a chance for the audience to ask the panel questions.
After book signings and lunch, Pauline introduced the afternoon panel, made up of crime novelists Natasha Cooper and Sharon Bolton, Sergeant Tony Birr of the Hampshire Police Marine Unit and Brian Chappell, senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth and former DCI New Scotland Yard. The discussions between the afternoon panel were even more lively and interesting, with the two writers pitching in with questions for the crime experts.
Both authors also gave interesting insights into their thoughts on the role of the crime novel in society, why they became a writer, and whether plot or character comes first when writing a crime novel.
For Bolton, the plot comes first: “It’s a constant battle of wits between me and the reader.” At what stage will they find out who the killer is?
She said: “I have a theory… characters can write themselves. They form themselves in the way they react to each other, the way they react to events.”
When asked why she made the move from historical romance to crime novels, Cooper said: “I found myself wondering, what happens after ‘Reader, I married him’, and that’s crime.” She spoke of the underlying theme present in all her books: “ Why, as human beings, do we do things to make each other miserable? I think at some level we all have this destructive urge.”
Also present at the event were South Downs College, whose forensic science students had set up a mock crime scene, complete with the body of ‘Victor’ the victim. The University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies had a delightful display of maggots and flies, amongst other things (to be viewed after lunch, not before), and the Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau Team offered visitors the chance to take away a keyring of their own thumbprint.
The day concluded with a round of thanks for the guests and sponsors, and a further chance to mingle and chat with the experts. The next CSI Portsmouth is lined up for Saturday 8 November 2014 – a definite date for the diary!
Images courtesy of Pauline Rowson
The morning panel, L-R Pauline Rowson, Kerry Wilkinson, Dr Alex Allan and Mick Ellis
The audience listens to the afternoon panel, L-R Natasha Cooper, Sharon Bolton, Sergeant Tony Birr and Brian Chappell
Pauline Rowson with Sam Day and Helen Gittins from South Downs College Forensic Science Department and ‘Victor’ the body
The afternoon panel
Ahead of this evening’s ‘Day of the Dead’, we caught up with William Sutton, one of the authors taking part in this year’s festivities. We asked him about tonight’s event, an evening of spooky tales organised by Portsmouth Writer’s Hub, what literary festivals like BookFest do for writers and the local community, and how it feels to be taking part this year as a published author.
Why did the organisers choose to do a ‘Day of the Dead’? It sounds a bit grim!
Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a huge festival especially in Mexico which is a counterpart of Hallowe’en, and it’s anything but grim, celebrated with feasting, skeleton models, amazing food. We’ve adopted the title to bridge all aspects of death, from spooky to gory to elegiac.
What can those attending the event expect from the evening?
Expect the gut-wrenching, the terrifying, the mind-blowing, the fantastic.
Last year’s BookFest featured a brilliant evening in the atmospheric Square Tower about Dickens and Conan Doyle, with a ghostly flavour. We wanted to unleash the imaginations of our own brilliant writers. Among our writers are Diana Bretherick (appearing on ITV3’s Crime Thriller Book Club and nominated for Specsavers Crime Awards); award-winning short story writers, Lynne Blackwood, Jack Hughes and James Bicheno; and Matt Wingett, whose work with The Three Belles scored a sell-out hit at the New Theatre Royal.
What are the benefits of an event like this to the local writers taking part?
It’s fun. Writing is a lonely game. Writing and performing for a specific event is a welcome challenge. This is a way for wonderful authors, including published novelists and award-winning short story writers, to entertain local readers, to connect with each other and to push our writing skills in new directions.
I understand you are a guest author at the Firestation Bookswap tomorrow and have attended a Bookswap as an audience member in the past. Is this event a particular favourite, and why?
I just love the Firestation Bookswap, with its quirky set-up and enthused audience. Ticket free if you bake a cake? Brilliant. Unorthodox audience questions in a hat, eg “If you were a sandwich, what kind of sandwich would you be?” Warm, witty hosts Scott Pack and Marie Phillips; intelligent guests like historical crime author Lloyd Shepherd.
And you bring an old book to swap for a new one. But which book? The first year I attended, I grabbed Five Latin Love Poets (in Latin). When I announced it, Scott thought I had no chance of swapping it, only to find that not one, not two, but five members of the audience were keen to swap their cherished book for it.
I like the bookswap format so much that I helped run a charity book day for the Ben Williams Trust in March, and many of Day of the Dead writers came along to support and perform.
How does it feel making the step from audience member to published author at events and festivals like BookFest?
When I moved to Southsea, I heard about BookFest. I wanted to get involved, but it’s hard when you’re unknown.
A marvellous camaraderie has sprung up through Portsmouth Writers’ Hub, former creative writing students and other writers’ groups. Since doing a workshop with ReAuthoring (who ran the You, Me & Everyone in Portsmout), we’ve performed in Portsmouth Libraries, the Square Tower, South Harting School, the Alver Arts Festival in Gosport and Victorious at the Dockyard. Fantastic fun.
It’s a diverse group of writers: poets, short story writers, young adult novelists and crime writers. What binds us together is a commitment to writing.
Do you think BookFest is an important feature in the Portsmouth calendar, and what does it do for the city and local community?
BookFest is an important event for a city like Portsmouth. Publicity often centres on illiteracy, rather than noting our history as a home of great literature, from Dickens, Wells, Kipling and Doyle to Neil Gaiman.
I don’t think we’re yet reaching all the city’s readers. In its fourth year, BookFest’s funding is constantly threatened. Yet the Guildhall was full for Neil Gaiman’s event. Wouldn’t many of these readers enjoy other events? It takes time to get the word out. Information is key: when people see the creative energy in the city, it fuels further creativity.
It’s also important to support our local bookshops. Sure, you can get things online, but there’s such joy to browsing in a real bookshop, asking a bookseller for advice, discovering new gems.
How do you feel these literary events and festivals support new writers?
I sat at the Edinburgh Book Festival a few years ago, wishing I was in it. Two years later, I was. And the way I got published was by having a chance to attend and read in book events.
Writers need to talk. We can learn so much by writing for an audience; and it’s thrilling for an audience to find new exciting voices, and to follow them moving towards success. Thanks to Bookfest for hosting us, and to websites like yours for helping spread the word.