Exploring Walter Besant’s ‘By Celia’s Arbour’ By Celia’s Arbour: A Tale of Portsmouth Town’ was first published in 1878, by Walter Besant who was born in Portsmouth and founded the Society of Authors. The novel revolves around a retired sea captain, who lives by the mill dam, and takes in two orphaned boys. A creative writing workshop led by Dr Alison Habens will take place in Milldam Building, where the novel is set, and will end with a guided walk. Afterwards, the book’s context and literary merits will be explored in a panel discussion by Dr Charlotte Boyce, Dr. Páraic Finnerty and Dr Christopher Pittard from the Centre for Studies in Literature. Part of the University of Portsmouth’s Port city: narratives of migration series of events.