CSI Portsmouth 2013 Saturday 2 November a resounding successInternationally 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.
Taking 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.
Also 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.
Pauline 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.
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.
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.
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.
About 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 and the Hayling Island Bookshop. 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,Simon Brett, Stephen Booth, Ann Cleeves, Graham Hurley, John Harvey, Matt Hilton, June Hampson, Michael Ridpath, Peter Lovesey, and Pauline Rowson.
Crime experts have included members from Hampshire police major crime team, fire investigation officers, scene of crime officers, the hi-tech unit, fingerprint bureau, as well as experts from the Universities of Portsmouth and Surrey on fraud, stalking, forensic psychology.
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.
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