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CSI Portsmouth 2014 Saturday 8 November


CSI PortsmouthCSI Portsmouth  was first launched in 2010 and is the brainchild of Pauline Rowson, author of the DI Andy Horton series of crime novels, who organises the event with Portsmouth City Council Library Service.  Part of Portsmouth BookFest it is fast becoming a major fixture in the crime fiction festival calendar.

Crime 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, Michael Ridpath, Peter Lovesey, Pauline Rowson and Kerry Wilkinson.

Crime experts have included members from Hampshire police major crime team, drugs squad, fire investigation officers, scene of crime officers, the hi-tech unit, fingerprint bureau, as well as experts from Triple A Forensics and Manlove Forensics on Forensic Toxicology, and the Universities of Portsmouth and Surrey on fraud, stalking, forensic psychology, forensic entomology, and Southdowns College Forensic Science Students.

Tickets for CSI Portsmouth 2014 on sale from September 2014.


CSI Portsmouth 2103 - A resounding success

CSI Portsmouth 2013Internationally acclaimed crime authors joined police and forensic experts at CSI Portsmouth 2013 at The Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard  on Saturday 2 November.

Crime author Pauline Rowson opened the event by welcoming everyone to the fourth year of CSI Portsmouth and with the announcement they were in for a treat, a prediction that proved justified as the day progressed.


Sam Day, Helen Gittins South Downs College Forensic Science Dept. with crime author Pauline Rowson centre and Victor, the bodyTaking part in CSI Portsmouth 2013 were crime authors S. J Bolton, Natasha Cooper, Kerry Wilkinson and Pauline Rowson who also acted as participating moderator. They were joined by officers from Hampshire Police and crime and forensic experts from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University and Triple A Forensics.




Crime author, Pauline Rowson with Emma Bright and Heather Foster Hants. Police Fingerprint Team at CSI Portsmouth 2013Also present throughout the day were the Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau Team,  a mock up crime scene provided by students from the forensic science course at South Downs College and a forensic display by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University on Entomology (maggots, flies) finger mark development (chemical treatments), trace evidence, and DNA.



CSI Portsmouth 2013 - The morning panel from left to right crime authors Pauline Rowson and Kerry Wilkinson, with crime experts Dr Alex Allan Forensic Toxicologist Tripe A Forensics Ltd. and Mick Ellis Hants Police Drug expertPauline introduced the morning panel. She and Kerry Wilkinson held the fort for the crime fiction authors during the morning while the crime experts who appeared with them on the panel  were Dr Alex Allan, Forensic Toxicologist, Triple A Forensics and Mick Ellis, Hampshire Police Drugs Expert.



Pauline Rowson book signing at CSI Portsmouth 2013 This was then followed by questions from the audience, a book signing and the chance for the audience to chat to the experts and crime authors on an individual basis.







After lunch at the Historic Dockyard Portsmouth the afternoon session started at 2pm and followed the same format as the morning but with different panellists.

Crime expert Brian Chappell former DCI New Scotland Yard now Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies University of Portsmouth answering a question on CSI Portsmouth 2013 afternoon panel with left to right, crime authors Pauline Rowson, Natasha Cooper, Sharon Bolton and Sergeant Tony Birr, Hants. Police Marine Unit.Joining CSI Portsmouth in the afternoon were crime authors Natasha Cooper and Sharon Bolton and crime experts Sergeant Tony Birr, of the Hampshire Police Marine Unit and Brian Chappell former DCI New Scotland Yard now Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies University of Portsmouth.



The afternoon panel talking to the audience after question time at CSI Portsmouth 2013There were again lots of interesting questions posed by the audience and a book signing to follow.






CSI Portsmouth 2013 closed at 4.30pm. An enjoyable, entertaining and informative day with lots of food for thought for individuals to take away. 


With grateful thanks to the supporters of CSI Portsmouth 2013


 The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums, for the use of its superb venue and for assisting Pauline Rowson with her research for the DI Andy Horton novel, Undercurrent, which is set in and around the Museum and around the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 

Also thanks to this year's sponsor, publisher, Bello, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, that brings lost classics back to life, including many crime classics.

CSI Portsmouth 2014 Saturday 8 November 2014


Tickets on sale from September 2014.

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