The Society of Authors Magazine, The Author, feature CSI Portsmouth

I was honoured and delighted to be commissioned to write an article for the  The Society of Authors Autumn Magazine, The Author,  about CSI Portsmouth, where crime fiction meets crime fact, and how the idea four years ago has developed into one of key events on the crime fiction calendar in the UK.



The Society of Authors was established over a century ago to serve the interests of professional writers and I am pleased to be one of its 9,000 members.  Membership is drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and writing experiences. The Author is published quarterly and includes articles from some of the top writers around the UK and overseas.

CSI Portsmouth  was first launched in 2010. I help organise the event with Portsmouth City Council Library Service and the Hayling Island Bookshop.

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 myself.


Mark Billingham, John Harvey, Pauline Rowson and Michael Ridpath


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. 


Matt Hilton, Stephen Booth and Pauline Rowson


CSI Portsmouth is part of Portsmouth BookFest a festival of popular literature organised by Portsmouth City Council and runs from October 19 to 3 November. Its aim is to promote reading for pleasure and enthusiasm for literature in the city of Portsmouth.

CSI Portsmouth 2013 features crime authors Pauline RowsonKerry Wilkinson  M R Hall, S J Bolton and Natasha Cooper  who  will be joined on the panels by police and forensic experts including: Michael Ellis, Drugs Intelligence Officer, Hampshire Police; Forensic toxicologist Dr Alex Allan, co-founder of Triple A Forensics and consultant with Manlove Forensics; Sergeant Tony Birr of Hampshire Police Marine Unit; Brian Chappell MBE, a former Detective Chief Inspector with the Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard who is now a senior lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth; and Hampshire Police Fingerprint bureau and the Dog Support Unit.

It is being held on Saturday 2 November at National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Tickets cost £15 for the day which includes a free paperback book by one of the participating authors from the mobile bookshop provided by the Hayling Island Bookshop on the day.

Call the Box Office on 023 9268 8037 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm or The Hayling Island Bookshop  on 023 9246 6620 Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm


CSI Portsmouth 2013 sponsors:

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