Blockbuster Authors Head for Portsmouth BookFest- A New Festival To Promote Reading For Pleasure

Portsmouth BookFest is a new festival to promote reading for pleasure and enthusiasm for literature in the city of Portsmouth. It's being held between 26 October and 13 November, and I'm delighted and honoured to be part of it.  I'm in great company too. Appearing at the Portsmouth Bookfest is saga writer Josephine Cox, children's author Jacqueline Wilson, SAS hero and author Chris Ryan to name but a few. My own special event is called Crime and the City CSI Portsmouth and is being held on Saturday 6 November.

Crime and the City - CSI Portsmouth - 6 November 2010

I will be joined by forensic and crime scene experts from the Police and University and fellow crime writers Peter Lovesey, Graham Hurley, Simon Brett, and June Hampson in a lively panel debate and Q & A session chaired by broadcaster, Cheryl Buggy, station director of Express FM.   There will even be a chance to have your fingerprints taken and to take away as a keepsake and to ask authors and experts questions as well as buy signed copies of books! The Crime and the City event CSI Portsmouth is being held at John Pounds Community Centre, 23 Queen Street, PO1 3HN, Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Bookfest is organised by The Hayling Island Bookshop and Portsmouth City Council. Romantic comedy fans will also have the chance to hear and meet Carole Matthews talking about her books and new local author Isabel Ashdown who is the brains behind the Chichester Book Club web site. Isabel will talk about her first book which is set in Portsmouth.

There's plenty more on offer so take a look at the programme to see what suits your tastes. Portsmouth is a densely populated city with its fair share of problems but it is also an exciting and vibrant place with a thriving commercial port, a fishing fleet, Historic Naval Base and a bustling and stunning waterfront. OK, so I sound like a tourist brochure, but then I am biased because my marine mystery crime novels featuring Inspector Andy Horton and my thrillers are set in the Portsmouth and Solent area.


The Town Camber and Old Portsmouth

Tickets are now on sale from the Box Office on 02392 688 037, at city Libraries, the Visitor Information Centre on the Hard at Portsmouth, The Hayling Island Bookshop and from the following website where you can also view the complete programme http://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/learning/18786.html

Hope some of you can come along.

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