Writers and readers gearing up for Portsmouth CSI book festival

Crime thriller writer Pauline Rowson
Crime thriller writer Pauline Rowson
James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

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TICKETS are now on sale for a crime fiction festival.

Writers and readers are gearing up for CSI Portsmouth 2016, where crime fiction meets crime fact in a one-day event on March 5 at The Pyramids Centre, Southsea.

On the morning panel will be crime writer Elly Griffiths, author of the series featuring forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway, and Pauline Rowson, author of the DI Andy Horton crime novels set in the Solent area.

They will be joined by crime experts Simon Mound, a crime scene investigator with Hampshire police’s scientific services department, and Jonathan Smith, a forensic scientist with expertise in the examination of blood and body fluids.

The Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau will be there and a mock-up crime scene will be provided by students on the forensic science course at South Downs College.

The afternoon panel comprises Will Sutton, an author of historical mysteries in Victorian London, crime expert Diana Bretherick, a former criminal barrister and now a lecturer in criminology at the University of Portsmouth, and crime author J.S Law, a former Royal Navy officer.

CSI Portsmouth is part of Portsmouth BookFest, which is organised by Portsmouth City Council.

Tickets are £15 for the day. Call (023) 9268 8037. Alternatively visit Portsmouth library or The Hayling Island Bookshop.