An Invitation to Respond: Portsmouth Literature and Literacy 2025

2025 will be a year of celebrating our city’s rich literature heritage, future, and the challenges we face. Portsmouth Creates invites creatives and community groups to submit activations responding to the theme of Literature and literacy running across the calendar year for 2025.

Portsmouth Creates role will be to connect and amplify, both locally and nationally. This is a great opportunity to profile Portsmouth’s rich and vibrant heritage, making this a landmark celebration in Portsmouth.

What We’re Looking For: Whether you’re an artist, writer, performer, or part of a community group, we want you to activate your ideas, collectively creating a programme that represents all that could and should be included as part of this programme in 2025.

How to Respond: Email your outline to

Please include:

  • Timeframe: Proposed dates and duration of your activity.
  • Costing: Estimate of costs. Indicate whether you will be looking for funding, and what percentage of the project requires funding.
  • Audiences/Participants: Who your activity is aimed at, how they will be involved, and how this supports strengthening/addressing the need in the city around literacy levels and engagement with literature.
  • Inclusion: Whose voices will be heard and whose stories will be told through this work.

Let’s work together to celebrate, elevate and profile Portsmouth as a creative, collative force.