Star & Crescent: News, Culture and Commentary with a Bite

21 Feb

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Just launched, Star & Crescent is an independent news, culture and commentary website focusing on the city of Portsmouth. Its aims are to:

  • Offer timely, daring, investigative and well-researched journalism as an antidote to the conformist values and public relations dross that now seem to dominate the mainstream media
  • Think critically and thoroughly about our city’s past, present and future
  • Inspire debate about the real issues that affect the people of Portsmouth
  • Give local communities a voice
  • Hold local public bodies to account
  • Increase political awareness and involvement
  • Give voice to Portsmouth’s varied political perspectives
  • Raise the profile of Portsmouth as a creative and cultural city
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3 Responses to “Star & Crescent: News, Culture and Commentary with a Bite”

  1. Joyce Waghorn 25/04/2015 at 08:44 #

    Hello, My name is Joyce Waghorn. I teach ten local students the craft of creative writing in Portsmouth Central Library. The class has gone from strength to strength and now we are about to start a collaboration with Portsmouth University. For years the Uni has grown like Topsy to fill the centre of our city and spread into outlying areas. Yet this institution has managed to remain separate and distant from the town. I wanted to explore the possibility of changing this, even if from a small acorn of story telling.
    Next week ‘Town and Gown’ are getting together to plan a book of short stories. ‘Working title ‘Tales of Two Cities’ from the Point of view of the student then alternatively from the POV of the locals. Alison Habens and myself will edit the stories and Harry Waghorn Portsmouth University Alumnus will design the layout and cover for the work.
    Please support us in anyway you can

    • tomgsykes 25/04/2015 at 23:10 #

      Dear Joyce, thanks for looking at S&C and for making contact. Your project sounds very intriguing. You might check out a similar endeavour that I was involved in called ‘Portsmouth Fairytales for Grown Ups’: https://www.facebook.com/PortsmouthFairyTales. Since I myself started teaching creative writing at UoP, I too have made it my mission to bring what’s going on inside the university into closer alignment with the literary scene in Portsmouth. To that end, I’ve organised several public events and helped make S&C a collaboration between UoP staff, students and alumni, as well as writers and artists based in the Portsmouth area. It’d be great if you could write a report of ‘Tales and Two Cities’ for our next issue. Warm regards.

  2. Kendrick 01/08/2015 at 07:28 #

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