Portsmouth BookFest has scoured a coup by securing the appearances at the 2011 CSI Portsmouth event of four internationally acclaimed crime authors: Mark Billingham, John Harvey, Michael Ridpath and Pauline Rowson who will join experts from the Crime Scene Investigation team and Fingerprinting Bureau of Hampshire Constabulary and experts from the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology to discuss crime fiction and fact in a lively panel debate at John Pounds Community Centre, Portsmouth on Saturday 5 November.
Last year’s inaugural event attracted an audience of over two hundred people and it is anticipated that a packed programme this year with a line up of top crime authors and experts will see numbers increase.
Mark Billingham is the author of the bestselling crime novels featuring the London based detective Tom Thorne, which have been adapted for television; John Harvey has over 100 books published including the Charlie Resnick and Frank Elder detective novels and is the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing; Michael Ridpath, whose first novel, a financial thriller, reached number two in the best seller lists for eight weeks, has written eight more highly successful financial thrillers and is the creator of the Icelandic detective, Magnus, and Pauline Rowson is the award winning author of the marine mystery crime novels featuring DI Andy Horton set in the Solent area which have been highly acclaimed both in the UK and the USA where reviewers have dubbed her the new Ed McBain.
They will join crime experts from Hampshire Constabulary; Dr Claire Nee, Director of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology at Portsmouth University, and Paul Smith, an expert in Crime Scenes in a panel debate in the afternoon.
The morning programme will comprise of talks featuring experts in Victorian Crime, Fingerprinting, forensic psychology and a talk by former Detective Superintendent Bob Bridgestock who will be telling audiences how he has used his experience of twenty-six murder investigations, and countless investigations to shape his crime novels featuring Jack Dylan, written in partnership with his wife Carol, who also worked with the police as a support worker for seventeen years.
There will be a chance for delegates to see how the fingerprinting bureau works and have their fingerprints taken, as well as talk to the crime authors to find out how they come up with their intricate plots and research their novels.
A mobile bookshop, provided by the Hayling Island Bookshop will be selling signed copies of the authors’ books.
Portsmouth BookFest is a festival of popular literature organised by The Hayling Island Bookshop and Portsmouth City Council and runs from October 17 to November 13. Its aim is to promote reading for pleasure and enthusiasm for literature in the city of Portsmouth. There will be opportunities to hear and meet popular authors at events across the city and in schools with ticket offers to attract new members to city libraries and stimulate book ownership.
CSI Portsmouth 2011 is being held on Saturday 5 November at John Pounds Community Centre. Tickets cost £5 for the morning and £7 for the afternoon with a discounted ticket of £10 for the day which includes £3 off the price of a book bought at the event. Tickets are on sale from 12 September from the Box Office on 023 9268 8685.
For more details on CSI Portsmouth 2011 visit http://www.rowmark.co.uk/csi_portsmouth_bookfest.php
For the Portsmouth BookFest visit www.portsmouthbookfest.co.uk.
Ends September 2011
For further information or to arrange author interviews please contact either Alison Rogers on email@example.com.
Notes to the Editors
Mark Billingham worked for some years as an actor and more recently as a TV writer and stand-up comedian but he is best known for his hugely popular and bestselling crime novels featuring the London based detective Tom Thorne. Sleepyhead, the first in the series was published in the UK in 2001 and in the USA in 2002, and was an instant success. Since then Mark has written seven Tom Thorne novels which have been adapted as a television series. He is also the author of the standalone novel In The Dark as well as a series of children’s thrillers –Triskellion – written under the pseudonym Will Peterson. He has been hailed as ‘a world class crime writer’ who ‘brings a rare and welcome blend of humanity, dimension and excitement to the genre.’ http://www.markbillingham.com/
Award winning crime author, John Harvey, began writing in 1975, and now has over 100 published books to his credit, most recently a collection of short stories, A Darker Shade of Blue. The first of his celebrated Charlie Resnick novels, Lonely Hearts, was named by The Times as one of the 100 most notable crime novels of the last century. Flesh and Blood, the first of three Frank Elder novels, was awarded both the British Crime Writers’ Association Silver Dagger and the US Barry Award in 2004. In 2007 he received the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing, and in 2009 he was made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Nottingham. In addition, he has written many scripts for television and radio. http://www.mellotone.co.uk/
Michael Ridpath shot to fame with his first novel, a financial thriller, Free to Trade, which was published in the spring of 1995 and reached number two in the best seller lists for eight weeks and has subsequently been published in 32 languages. He went on to write eight more highly successful financial thrillers before switching genres to create his Icelandic detective, Magnus, in the first of the Fire and Ice Series, Where the Shadows Lie, which was published in June 2010. Highly acclaimed in the UK and abroad, Michael Ridpath’s crime novels have been hailed as ‘International thriller writing at its best, fine characters, page turning suspense and a great, fresh location.” Where the Shadows Lie is published in over 20 countries. The second book in the series, 66 North, was published in May 2011. http://www.michaelridpath.com/
Pauline Rowson is the award winning author of the marine mystery crime novels featuring the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton whose patch is the Solent area, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Her crime novels have been highly acclaimed both in the UK and the USA and have been translated into several languages. The first in the series Tide of Death was chosen by Amazon as the ‘Best Crime Fiction Novel in 2006,’ and The Suffocating Sea, the third in the series, as the ‘Best of British Crime Fiction’ by The Book Depository. Her Horton crime novels have been hailed in the USA as ‘Exemplary procedurals’ where she has been dubbed the new Ed McBain. She is also the author of two thrillers one of which the award winning In Cold Daylight was voted by the public as the third best read for World Book Day 2008.
Carol and Bob Bridgestock
Bob Bridgestock worked in the CID at every rank, retiring as a Detective Superintendent. In his last three years alone as a Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) he took charge of twenty-six murder investigations, twenty-three major incidents including shootings and attempted murders and over fifty suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults. He was a Force Hostage Negotiator and was involved in a protracted high profile investigation of police corruption in another police force. He was commended twenty four times for his work. With his wife, Carol, who also worked with the police as a support worker for seventeen years, they are now joint authors of the crime novels featuring Jack Dylan. Deadly Focus was published in 2009 and hailed as, ‘A cracking story.’ The second in the series Consequences is published this year. http://www.rcbridgestock.com/about.php
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