Over 200 people attended the Crime & the City CSI Portsmouth event where crime authors met crime experts

I am delighted to say that it was a great event and highly successful. Over 200 people packed the hall at John Pounds Community Centre in Portsmouth on Saturday 6 November to hear crime fiction authors pitch their wits against police and forensic experts in this unique event the first ever Crime and the City CSI Portsmouth held as part of Portsmouth Bookfest.

The day was expertly chaired by experienced broadcaster and station director of Express FM, Cheryl Buggy and the event was organised by the Hayling Island Bookshop who also provided a mobile bookshop on the day and the Portsmouth Library Service. My thanks to them and to everyone who gave up their time to take part in this unique and highly enjoyable event including all the panel guests, the fingerprinting unit of Hampshire Constabulary, the library staff and volunteers.

I thought I'd let the photographs from the day speak for themselves in two instalments - today photographs from the morning session, tomorrow from the afternoon session.

And if you couldn't make it this year look out for next year's event...

The morning panel before the event from left to right: DS Martin Chudley CSI Police; Dr Claire NeeDirector of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology at Portsmouth University, an expert in forensic psychology and Dr Paul Smith, an expert in Crime Scenes, Cherly Buggy, Station Director Express FM; Simon Brett, crime author, Pauline Rowson, crime author and June Hampson, crime author. 

Cheryl Buggy introducing the panel to the audience

Getting ready to begin

The morning audience

The panel at CSI Portsmouth, Portsmouth Bookfest having a laugh

Cheryl Buggy asking the audience for questions for the authors and experts

Crime author, Pauline Rowson answering a question

Pauline Rowson talking to a member of the audience and signing books

Pauline Rowson, June Hampson and Simon Brett signing books

Pauline Rowson talking to a couple of her readers

Photographs from the afternoon session on tomorrow's blog.


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