Fiction meets fact at CSI Portsmouth day

Pauline Rowson, author from Haylling Island pictured on the shore line of Langstone Harbour. '''Picture: Allan Hutchings (103525-119)
Pauline Rowson, author from Haylling Island pictured on the shore line of Langstone Harbour. '''Picture: Allan Hutchings (103525-119)
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CRIME fans can see where fact meets fiction at a book festival event.

Top crime authors and real life experts from the police, fire service and universities are taking part in the third annual CSI Portsmouth.

International best-selling crime author Pauline Rowson, whose Detective Inspector Andy Horton novels are set in the Solent area, will be joined by fellow authors Stephen Booth, Ann Cleeves and Matt Hilton.

Stephen Booth created Det Con Ben Cooper and Det Sgt Diane Fry who appear in 12 novels set in the Peak District, while Ann Cleeves penned the Vera crime novels which have been adapted into an ITV series.

Ex-police officer Matt Hilton has scored record-breaking deals for his Joe Hunter series.

Other speakers include Detective Constable Terry Fitzjohn who is a crime scene fire investigator for Hampshire police, Andy Earl from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s arson task force, Adrian Fretter from Hampshire police’s hi-tech crime unit and crime scene manager Carolyn Lovell.

Visitors can have their fingerprints taken and pressed into a key ring, talk to authors and get signed copies of their works and visit a crime scene set up by forensic science students from South Downs College in Waterlooville.

Other speakers include professor Brian Nicol from the University of Surrey, who is an expert on stalking culture and internet stalking, and fraud expert, Dr Mark Button from the University of Portsmouth.

A spokesman for Bookfest said: ‘Meet and mingle with top-selling crime authors and police forensic and crime experts; hear how the authors write their popular crime novels, find out how much they draw on real-life experiences, learn about what really happens at a crime scene, how a fire investigation is worked, hear about cyber crime and internet stalking, see how the fingerprint bureau works, have your fingerprints taken and much, much more.’

The event – part of the Portsmouth BookFest, backed by The News – is to be held at the John Pounds Centre in Aylward Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, on November 3. For tickets call (023) 9268 8037.