I heard a great interview with the author Neil Gaiman on Sunday on Radio 4’s Open Book about his books, screenwriting and his most recent novel ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ (you can listen to it HERE of you like). It was a really happy coincidence as yesterday I discovered he is actually from Portsmouth, well, born in Portchester and grew up in Purbrook & Southsea to be precise. Portsmouth City Council are celebrating this continuation of the city’s reputation as a home of serious international literary note with Neil Gaiman’s new book by actually naming a road in Southsea after it.
The road to be named ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ lies between Canoe Lake and the small Southsea D-Day memorial and is currently bus use only. The road will be christened at a special event on the 18th of August and including a special book signing at The Guildhall too.
Portsmouth has some wonderful arcanely named lanes, roads and streets that help reflect some of the rich history of the city and also adding character and this road is sure to join their ranks whilst also celebrating the continuation of the city’s literary heritage.