Tom Harris

Writer of edgy Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction


Portsmouth Fairy Tales

Portsmouth Fairy Tales – Book Launch & Readings


Once Upon a Time… Tom decided to keep a blog post short… no, honestly, he did…
So, following on from the earlier workshops, the authors of Portsmouth Fairy Tales will be reading extracts from their stories, moi included.
If you can get along that would be amazing to see you there – please find details of this event below… or ask The Pale Man on the door for directions. He’s on loan from Pan’s Labyrinth… and don’t try to sneak any kids in, he’s got a tremendous appetite and eyes in the back…er front… of his… hands!!! (Very brave and heroic children who slay and defeat this evil creature on the door may pass free of charge, but don’t use magic… not in front of grown ups.)
The Pale Man - Pan's Labyrinth
Evening Event:
Leave the kids at home and join us for an evening of dark, twisted and delicious fairy tales. All freshly-written, all set in Pompey’s alleys, buildings and beaches.
Sit back with a drink, while 11 authors – including the amazing Tom Harris, who juggles fire whilst he reads – reveal their tangled tales.
Readings start at 8pmThe Groundlings Theatre, Portsea, Saturday 21st of June


No booking required. Free event, part of Portsmouth Festivities. More info here.

Hope to see you there


Portsmouth Fairy Tales – Cover Reveal

Right now, at this hour, I am not in a land, far, far away, and so I am able to reveal the cover for a forthcoming collection of short stories for adults entitled –

Portsmouth Fairy Tales

– I’ll be back every day this week to give you news on workshops, readings, release dates, prices and some useful tips on how to win big on the stock exchange… but I digress.

It’s been a fun and exciting project to work on with so many local authors and the first time I have written anything for adults for a very long time.

Having worked around fairy tales for my Middle Grade novels, The Amber Room and the soon to be released, The Amber Antidote, it was great to adapt some ideas for adult fairy tales, and journey back to the darker origins of the genre. It was nice to burst free from the rules and shackles and grow up… even if it was just for a moment in time.

I will be posting all this week with more details on the book ahead of its release.

The cover was designed by local artist, Jon Everitt and so without further ado, here it is.

Funnily enough, I met the guy who sat for the portrait yesterday. A charming individual, who lives in constant fear of attack from Herring Gulls and Cormorants… I’ve simply no clue why they torment him the way they do – any ideas?

Portsmouth Fairy Tales book cover by Jon Everitt

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