CSI Basingstoke - crime fiction versus crime fact - a great success

CSI Basingstoke, where crime fiction meets crime fact, held on Saturday 6 July at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre in Hampshire, England, was a great success. 

The event was modelled on the highly successful CSI Portsmouth, which I first organised in 2010. This year will be the fourth year of CSI Portsmouth, a one day event bringing crime authors and experts together for lively panel discussions on Saturday 2 November at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  

The audience at CSI Basingstoke at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre

 CSI Basingstoke followed the same format as that of CSI Portsmouth except that the Basingstoke event was a morning only panel. On the panel on the crime fiction side along with myself was Peter Lovesey who has won many major awards for his crime novels. His latest in the Detective Peter Diamond series is 'The Tooth Tattoo'.

From left to right: Pauline Rowson, Peter Lovesey, Angela Hicken Jane Aston, Carolyn Lovell 

We were joined on the expert side by Carolyn Lovell, Senior Manager, Hampshire Police Crime Scene Investigations and Jane Aston, Fingerprint Supervisor/Acting Bureau Trainer at Hampshire Police who both gave the audience a fascinating insight into their work.  The panel was expertly chaired by Angela Hicken of Hampshire Library Service  and the event was hosted by Basingstoke Discovery Centre. 


Pauline Rowson, Peter Lovesey, Angela Hicken, Jane Aston, Carolyn Lovell

The Hayling Island Bookshop provided a mobile book shop. Jane Aston was joined by her colleague, Heather Foster, and offered to take the delegates fingerprint and to press  it into a keep sake keying to take away - a very popular attraction.

Queuing up for fingerprinting with Heather Foster, Hampshire Police

 My thanks to everyone for making the event so successful and enjoyable and to the audience for joining us.

The crime authors and experts for CSI Portsmouth 2013 are to be announced shortly and the event takes place this year on Saturday 2 November at the The Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard.


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