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Acclaimed crime writers to appear at CSI Portsmouth 2011

Portsmouth BookFest has scoured a coup by securing the appearances at the 2011 CSI Portsmouth event of four internationally acclaimed crime authors: Mark Billingham, John Harvey, Michael Ridpath and Pauline Rowson who will join experts from the Crime Scene Investigation team and Fingerprinting Bureau of Hampshire Constabulary and experts from the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology to discuss crime fiction and fact in a lively debate at John Pounds Community Centre, Portsmouth, England on Saturday 5 November.

Last year’s inaugural event attracted an audience of over two hundred people and it is anticipated that a packed programme this year with a line up of top crime authors and experts will see numbers increase.

Mark Billingham is the author of the bestselling crime novels featuring the London based detective Tom Thorne, which have been adapted for television; John Harvey has over 100 books published including the Charlie Resnick and Frank Elder detective novels and is the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing; Michael Ridpath, whose first novel, a financial thriller, reached number two in the best seller lists for eight weeks, has written eight more highly successful financial thrillers and is the creator of the Icelandic detective, Magnus, and Pauline Rowson is the award winning author of the marine mystery crime novels featuring DI Andy Horton set in the Solent area which have been highly acclaimed both in the UK and the USA where reviewers have dubbed her the new Ed McBain.

They will join crime experts from Hampshire Constabulary, Dr Claire Nee, Director of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology at Portsmouth University, and Paul Smith, an expert in Crime Scenes in a debate in the afternoon.
The morning programme will comprise of talks and panel sessions featuring experts in  fingerprinting, forensic psychology, a writing workshop by Pauline Rowson and a talk by former Detective Superintendent Bob Bridgestock who will be telling audiences how he has used his experience of twenty-six murder investigations, and countless investigations to shape his crime novels featuring Jack Dylan, written in partnership with his wife Carol, who also worked with the police as a support worker for seventeen years.

There will be a chance for delegates to see how the fingerprinting bureau works and have their fingerprints taken, as well as talk to the crime authors to find out how they come up with their intricate plots and research their novels.

A mobile bookshop, provided by The Hayling Island Bookshop will be selling signed copies of the authors’ books.

Portsmouth BookFest is a festival of popular literature organised by The Hayling Island Bookshop and Portsmouth City Council and runs from October 17 to November 13. Its aim is to promote reading for pleasure and enthusiasm for literature in the city of Portsmouth. There will be opportunities to hear and meet popular authors at events across the city and in schools with ticket offers to attract new members to city libraries and stimulate book ownership.

Portsmouth CSI 2011 is being held on Saturday 5 November at John Pounds Community Centre. Tickets cost £5 for the morning and £7 for the afternoon with a discounted ticket of £10 for the day which includes £3 off the price of a book bought at the event.

Tickets are on sale from 12 September from the Box Office at + 44 (0) 23 9268 8685.

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