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CSI Portsmouth 2011 a resounding success says crime author Pauline Rowson

CSI Portsmouth 2011CSI Portsmouth 2011 held on Saturday 5 November was a resounding success. Thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining, inspiring and motivating were just some of the words delegates used to describe this one day event held at the John Pounds Centre, Portsmouth (UK) where a hundred people attended the packed morning programme of talks and a hundred and fifteen the afternoon panel debate. 

Pauline Rowson conducting a writing workshop at CSI Portsmouth 2011oThe morning programme consisted of talks from former Detective Superintendent and crime writer Bob Bridgestock, fingerprint expert Jane Aston from Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau, Lucy Wainwright, forensic psychologist from the University of Portsmouth International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology and Pauline Rowson, crime author who talked on Writing A Crime Novel.

In the afternoon the audience were entertained by best selling crime authors, Mark Billingham, John Harvey, Michael Ridpath and Pauline Rowson who discussed crime fiction vesus crime fact with the experts.

The crime experts were Dr Claire Nee, Director of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology at Portsmouth University, Dr Paul Smith, Crime Scene Expert from the University of Portsmouth, DC Nick Bettesworth from the Major Crime Unit Hampshire Police and DS Martin Chudley Crime Scene Manager from Hampshire Police.

Pauline Rowson with Michael Ridpath, John Harvey, Mark BillinghamThey answered questions put to them by panel moderator Cheryl Buggy, Station Director of Express FM and from the audience.

CSI Portsmouth, the brainchild of crime author Pauline Rowson, was launched in 2010 and is part of Portsmouth BookFest, a festival of popular literature. It is organised by Pauline Rowson in conjunction with The Hayling Island Bookshop and Portsmouth City Libraries

Pauline Rowson says, 'It was a really exciting day and the feedback has been extremely positive. I'm grateful to everyone who helped out and to Portsmouth City Council for supporting the event. I'm already planning CSI Portsmouth 2012, which will take place on Saturday 3 November, and hope to have a great line up of crime authors and crime experts for an even bigger event.'


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