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CSI Portsmouth 2013 a resounding success

Pauline Rowson opening CSI Portsmouth 2013Over a hundred and thirty people flocked to hear Internationally acclaimed crime authors, police and forensic experts debate crime fiction and crime fact 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.

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

Taking part in CSI Portsmouth 2013 were crime authors S. J Bolton, Natasha Cooper, Kerry Wilkinson and Pauline Rowson who 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 Limited.

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 Rowson 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.

The afternoon session followed the same format 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 a lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies University of Portsmouth.

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. 

CSI Portsmouth 2013 was sponsored by The National Museum of the Royal Navy one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums,who provided the venue – one of the setting for Rowson’s DI Andy Horton novel, Undercurrent, published in January 2013 by Severn House – and Bello,an imprint of Pan Macmillan, that brings lost classics back to life, including many crime classics.

CSI Portsmouth 2014 will be held on Saturday 8 November 2014.


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