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Pauline Rowson and Graham Hurley
Join international crime authors Pauline Rowson and Graham Hurley at CSI Southampton 2017 on Saturday 28 October at Southampton Library where they will be debating crime fiction with real life crime experts from Hampshire police.

Crime authors Pauline Rowson and Graham Hurley will be debating crime fiction with crime experts Carolyn Lovell, Temporary Deputy Head of Scientific Services, Crime Scene Investigations, Hampshire Police, and Detective Chief Inspector Mandy Horsburgh of Hampshire Police. Also present will be the team from the Hampshire Fingerprint Bureau. There will be the opportunity for delegates to have their fingerprint taken and pressed into a key ring to take away as well as the chance to talk to the crime authors and crime experts and put questions to the panel.

CSI Southampton is part of Southampton So: to Speak Festival, a not-for-profit company that aims to bring the festival spirit to Southampton, celebrate the city, its culture and heritage, and provide opportunities for local artists of all kinds, young people in the creative industry sector, and support for other creative initiatives in the the city.

Pauline Rowson

Pauline Rowson is the author of eighteen crime novels, thirteen in the police procedural series featuring the flawed and rugged Portsmouth copper, Inspector Andy Horton; three in the mystery series featuring Art Marvik, a former Royal Marine Commando, now an undercover investigator for the UK’s National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) and two standalone thrillers. Her crime novels are set against the backdrop of the Solent area and south coast of England. They have been hailed as ‘multi-layered,’ 'complex' 'fast-paced' and 'packed with twists and turns'. Translated into many languages, the DI Andy Horton crime novels have been optioned for television. Pauline Rowson's latest crime novels published in 2017 are Lethal Waves, number thirteen in the Inspector Horton series, and Lost Voyage, the third in the Art Marvik mystery series.

Graham HurleyGraham Hurley has directed and produced ITV documentaries and has won a number of awards. Before he plunged into the world of crime fiction he’d written nine stand-alone international thrillers but is best known for his Portsmouth based DI Joe Faraday and DC Paul Winter crime novels. The DI Joe Faraday and DC Paul Winter crime novels were successfully adapted into a French television series. Graham’s move to Devon, sparked a new successful spin-off crime series featuring DS Jimmy Suttle in Western Approaches and Touching Distance the latter of which has made it to a screen adaptation in France. Graham Hurley's latest thriller, Finisterre was published by Head of Zeus in December 2016. 

Carolyn Lovell, Temporary Deputy Head of Scientific Services, Crime Scene Investigations, has a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Forensic Archaeology and is currently studying for a PHD in Criminal Justice studies specialising in the investigation of sexual offences. She has worked for Hampshire Constabulary for over 21years, starting out as a Fingerprint Enhancement Technician and soon moving across into the realms of Crime Scene Investigation and varying roles within. She is now Temporary Deputy Head of Scientific Services and oversees the provision of forensic services for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and provides forensic consultancy advice and training to external agencies. She has vast experience in managing numerous serious and major crime scenes.

Detective Chief Inspector Mandy Horsburgh was part of a highly successful proactive team based within the city of Southampton that assisted significantly in bringing some of the city’s high priority offenders to justice for crimes such as robberies, hate crimes, drug trafficking and sexual offences. She was promoted to Detective Inspector at Operation Fortress in December 2013 investigating the most serious violent drug-related crimes during which time she led a two and a half year investigation into a Manchester based organised crime group responsible for the large scale drug trafficking across the South Coast including cities of Southampton, Winchester and Brighton - this culminated in thirty members of the gang receiving custodial sentences of over a hundred and fifty years and cash asset seizures of just over £750k. More recently she has worked within counter terrorism before securing promotion in July 2017 which has seen her take up a new post as the Head of Serious Crime and Case Review Team.

Examining fingerprints

Jane Aston is a supervisor with the Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau. She has extensive experience in the identification of fingerprints, the processes used in the Fingerprint Bureau and the use of Ident1, the National Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS). Jane, and her colleagues, will be at CSI Southampton demonstrating the methods used in fingerprinting.

CSI Southampton will be held in the Northguild Lecture Theatre, Central Library, Civic Centre, S014 7LW from 10:00am to 12.30pm. Tickets cost £8 which includes £1 off a book purchased at the event for pre-booked tickets

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