Join four internationally acclaimed crime authors: Mark Billingham, John Harvey, Michael Ridpath and Pauline Rowson and 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 packed day of events at John Pounds Community Centre, Portsmouth UK on Saturday 5 November.
These top crime authors will be appearing on a lively panel discussion with crime experts to debate crime fact versus crime fiction. There will be a chance to put your questions to them and meet them afterwards.
There are also talks featuring Dr Neil McCaw, Academic Director of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, Lancelyn Green Bequest, one of the largest collections of Holmes/Conan Doyle material in the world. Come and enjoy his fascinating insight into the role of Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes in the development of detective fiction as a genre in the C19th and C20th centuries.
Fingerprinting expert, Jane Aston will point out some of the clues they use to discover which digit or part of the palm or even foot they are looking at and describe how they make identifications. She’ll cover the processes used in the Fingerprint Bureau and the use of Ident1 the National Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS) and how the facts compare with the fiction frequently seen in television detective dramas and featured in crime novels. Do fictional detectives really get the results of fingerprints within hours? Join Jane Aston to discover the answer to this question and many more.
Discover how top forensic psychologist, Dr Claire Nee's work compares to that of the fictional forensic psychologist often portrayed in television detective dramas and written about in crime novels. Her research has included a variety of forensic areas including crime specific research (burglary and car theft); interventions in prisons; criminality in children; electronic monitoring of offenders; intensive probation; self-reported offending; female violence; and racism and sexism within the police force. Her current research projects include reducing risk in very young persistent offenders; and decision-making in burglars. One of her main research interest is the origins on criminal behaviour.
Plus hear how former Detective Superintendent Bob Bridgestock 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 you to see how the fingerprinting bureau works and have your fingerprints taken, view a crime scene, and 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 CSI 2011 is 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 the Box Office at + 44 (0) 23 9268 8685.
The event is part of 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.