Tickets now on sale for CSI Southampton where crime fiction meets crime fact

Northguild Lecture Theatre, Central Library, Civic Centre, S014 7LW

28 October 2017

10:00am – 12.30pm

Tickets: £9 includes £1 off a book purchased at the event for pre-booked tickets

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Join me for CSI Southampton 2017 where the cream of crime fiction meets real life crime experts. I will be on the panel of crime authors along with my fellow crime author Graham Hurley where we will be debating crime fiction with crime experts Carolyn Lovell, T/Deputy Head of Scientific Services, Crime Scene Investigations, Hampshire Police, and Detective Chief Inspector Mandy Horsburgh of Hampshire Police.

Also present will be the team from the Hampshire Fingerprint Bureau.  Have your fingerprint taken and pressed into a key ring to take away. Talk to the crime authors and crime experts and put your questions to the panel.

CSI Southampton is part of the So: To Speak Festival.


10am doors open to the public

10.30am – 11.30am - The panel with Pauline Rowson, Graham Hurley, Carolyn Lovell and DCI Mandy Horsburgh

11.30am -12 noon - Audience Q & A

12noon – 12.30pm - Book signing

The crime authors

Pauline Rowson

Pauline Rowson is the author of eighteen crime novels, thirteen in the police procedural series featuring the flawed and rugged Portsmouth copper, Inspector Andy Horton; three in the mystery series featuring Art Marvik, a former Royal Marine Commando, now an undercover investigator for the UK’s National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) and two standalone thrillers. Her crime novels are set against the backdrop of the ever changing sea of the Solent and south coast of England and have been hailed as ‘multi-layered,’ complex fast-paced and packed with twists and turns. They have been translated into many languages an optioned for television. She has had two crime novels published in 2017, Lethal Waves, no 13 in the Inspector Horton series, and Lost Voyage, the third in the Art Marvik mystery series set on the south coast.

 Graham Hurley

Graham Hurley was a promotion scriptwriter with Southern Television, then researcher, then director. He has directed and produced ITV documentaries and has won a number of awards. Before he plunged into the world of crime fiction he’d written nine stand-alone international thrillers, and loved it.  He is well known in Portsmouth for his DI Joe Faraday and DC Paul Winter crime novels set in the rough and busy city, the kind of place he says where you are what you are, not what the aspirational label on the box says you want to be. The DI Joe Faraday and DC Paul Winter crime novels were successfully adapted into a French television series. Graham’s move to Devon, sparked a new successful spin-off crime series featuring DS Jimmy Suttle in Western Approaches and Touching Distance the latter of which has made it to a screen adaptation in France. Graham Hurley's latest novel Finisterre published by Head of Zeus in December 2016, Graham returns to his first love, international thrillers and to the Second World War.

The crime experts

Carolyn Lovell, T/Deputy Head of Scientific Services, Crime Scene Investigations, Hampshire Police

Carolyn has a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Forensic Archaeology and is currently studying for a PHD in Criminal Justice studies specialising in the investigation of sexual offences. She has worked for Hampshire Constabulary for over 21years, starting out as a Fingerprint Enhancement Technician and soon then moving across into the realms of Crime Scene Investigation and varying roles within. She is now Temporary Deputy Head of Scientific Services and oversees the provision of forensic services for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and provides forensic consultancy advice and training to external agencies. She has vast experience in managing numerous serious and major crime scenes.

Detective Chief Inspector Mandy Horsburgh – Hampshire Police

Mandy Horsburgh joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1996. She has worked in a variety of uniform roles from community beat work to fast response driver and earned Superintendent, Assistant Chief Constable and Chief Constable Commendations for work within the pursuance and disruption of active criminals. In April 2007 she became part of a highly successful proactive team based within the city of Southampton that assisted significantly in bringing some of the city’s high priority offenders to justice for crimes such as robberies, hate crimes, drug trafficking and sexual offences. She was promoted to Detective Inspector at Operation Fortress in December 2013 investigating the most serious violent drug-related crimes alongside organized criminal groups who pose the most risk to communities. During this time she led what was a 2 ½ year investigation into a Manchester based organised crime group responsible for the large scale drug trafficking across the South Coast including cities of Southampton, Winchester and Brighton - this culminated in 30 members of the gang receiving custodial sentences of over 150 years and cash asset seizures of just over £750k. More recently she has worked within counter terrorism before securing promotion in July 2017 which has seen take up a new post as the Head of Serious Crime and Case Review Team. She has also just completed her MSc in Police Leadership and Management at Warwick Business School.

Hampshire Police Fingerprinting Bureau

Jane Aston is a supervisor with the Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau. She has extensive experience in the identification of fingerprints, the processes used in the Fingerprint Bureau and the use of Ident1, the National Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS). Jane, and her colleagues, will be at CSI Southampton demonstrating the methods used in fingerprinting.

Venue and Time

Northguild Lecture Theatre, Central Library, Southampton
10:00am – 12.30pm


Tickets: £9 includes £1 off a book purchased at the event for pre-booked tickets

Click here for tickets to CSI Southampton 2017

CSI Southampton is part of the So: To Speak Festival.  Southampton Festivals is a not-for-profit company that aims to bring the festival spirit to Southampton, celebrate the city, its culture and heritage, and provide opportunities for local artists of all kinds, young people in the creative industry sector, and support for other creative initiatives in the the city.

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