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Pauline Rowson explains the idea behind CSI Portsmouth and the reason for its success

CSI Portsmouth where crime fiction meets crime factI often get asked when giving talks about my crime novels about the research side of creating a crime novel so when I was approached in 2010 by Portsmouth City Library about becoming involved in the first annual Portsmouth BookFest, it seemed an ideal opportunity to suggest putting on an event that brought crime fiction and fact together under one roof. The idea was greeted enthusiastically and so CSI Portsmouth was born!

CSI Portsmouth 2013 Morning PanelNow in its fifth year CSI Portsmouth regularly attracts audiences of over a hundred and thirty people, across all ages and from all walks of life, across the UK. It is a one day event with two panel sessions,one in the morning, the other in the afternoon and each panel comprises a selection of top crime authors, police officers and forensic experts.

Brian Chappel, former Scotland Yard Detective talking to member of the audience at CSI Portsmouth 2013The audience has the opportunity to put questions to any of the authors and experts in a Q & A session and this  isfollowed by a book signing and a chance for members of the audience to talk to the experts and crime authors.  There is a break for lunch and the whole thing starts again with a different panel of crime authors and crime experts.

Pauline Rowson signing copies of her crime novels at CSI Portsmouth 2013Throughout the day Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau are present, offering to take your fingerprint and press it into a free keepsake key ring, a very popular attraction. There is a mock up crime scene complete with a dead body (a dummy you’ll be glad to know) provided by students on a forensic science course froma  local college and there is a display by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, on entomology (maggots and flies) DNA and trace elements.  The bookshop on the day is provided by the Hayling Island Bookshop. 

Crime authors, Matt Hilton, Stephen Booth, Pauline Rowson at CSI Portsmouth 2012Crime authors who have appeared at CSI Portsmouth include Mark Billingham, Sharon Bolton, Simon Brett, Stephen Booth, Ann Cleeves, Natasha Cooper, Graham Hurley, John Harvey, Matt Hilton, June Hampson, Peter Lovesey, Michael Ridpath, Kerry Wilkinson, and of course yours truly, Pauline Rowson.

Carolyn Lovell, Head of Crime Scene Management Hampshire Police and Hampshire Police and Fire and Rescue Service Arson Task Force at CSI Portsmouth 2012prHampshire Police see the event as a superb opportunity for public relations. The individual officers attending have all commented on how satisfying it is to be in front of an enthusiastic audience who appreciate the very demanding job they do. The experts have included the Head of Operations, Crime Scene Manager Co-ordinator for Hampshire, detectives from CID, the Major Crime Team,the Hi-tech crime unit, the drugs unit, the marine police unit, fire investigation officers along with a fire-fighter from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services Arson Task Force, forensic psychologist, forensic toxicologist and fraud and cyber crime experts. 

Bello, bringing lost classics back to lifeCSI Portsmouth receives support from Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth Tourism and from publisher Bello, Pan Macmillan's digital imprint, which brings lost classics back to life and from the venue, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

CSI Portsmouth is about entertaining the audience, providing them with something new and different, something that will create a buzz and to date its been highly successful in achieving this.  The line up for CSI Portsmouth 2014 on Saturday 8 November is no different, take a look at our panel guests and programme or watch the video.

Tickets are selling fast  so if you're interested in coming along then buy them quick to avoid disappointment.

Click here for the programme for CSIPortsmouth 2014

Click here for details of the panel guests for CSI Portsmouth 2014

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OCTOBER 8TH, 2014 @ 6:21:31 BST

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