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CSI Portsmouth 2011 - Crime Fiction Meets Crime Fact in this lively panel debate-photographs from the event

The panel debate - crime fiction versus crime fact - at CSI Portsmouth 2011on Saturday 5 November at the John Pounds Centre, Portsmouth, England, with best selling crime authors and experts was enjoyed by over a hundred people and was highly entertaining and very informative.  The feedback from the audience was fantastic. I enjoyed it tremendously and I am delighted to say so too did those who attended and the panel guests. Here are some photographs from the event.

The audience waiting for the event to begin

Best sellling crime authors Mark Billingham, John Harvey, Michael Ridpath and Pauline Rowson 
at CSI Portsmouth

We were joined by crime experts: Dr Claire Nee, Director of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology at Portsmouth University, Dr Paul Smith, Crime Scene Expert from the University of Portsmouth, DC Nick Bettesworth from the Major Crime Unit Hampshire Police and DS Martin Chudley Crime Scene Manager from Hampshire Police.

Also in the picture far left: DC Jim Wells from Hampshire Police and far right: Jane Aston from the Fingerprint Bureau with crime author Pauline Rowson at CSI Portsmouth

They answered questions put to them by panel moderator Cheryl Buggy, Station Director of Express FM and from the audience.

The panel answering questions

From left to right: Crime Authors Pauline Rowson, Michael Ridpath, John Harvey and Mark Billingham DS Martin Chudley answering a question

This was followed by a book signing and the audience had the chance to talk to the authors, experts and all the speakers.

Crime author Pauline Rowson talking to fans of her marine mystery crime novels and thrillers.

CSI Portsmouth was launched in 2010 and is part of Portsmouth BookFest. It is organised by Pauline Rowson, whose popular crime novels are set in the area, in conjunction with The Hayling Island Bookshop and Portsmouth City Libraries.

Make a diary note for CSI Portsmouth 2012 - Saturday 3 November - for another great line up of crime authors and crime experts in crime fiction meets crime fact.