Portsmouth has a strong literary heritage including Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and HG Wells and Portsmouth BookFest continues that tradition, attracting diverse audiences to exciting events featuring popular and accessible authors.
Portsmouth BookFest is jointly organised by Portsmouth City Library Service and The Hayling Island Bookshop. There is an associated schools programme organised by Portsmouth School Library Service.
Internationally acclaimed crime authors joined police and forensic experts at CSI Portsmouth 2013 at The Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Saturday 2 November.
Crime author Pauline Rowson opened the event by welcoming everyone to the fourth year of CSI Portsmouth and with the announcement they were in for a treat, a prediction that proved justified as the day progressed.
Taking part in CSI Portsmouth 2013 were crime authors S. J Bolton, Natasha Cooper, Kerry Wilkinson and Pauline Rowson who also acted as participating moderator. They were joined by officers from Hampshire Police and crime and forensic experts from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University and Triple A Forensics.
Also present throughout the day were the Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau Team, a mock up crime scene provided by students from the forensic science course at South Downs College and a forensic display by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University on Entomology (maggots, flies) finger mark development (chemical treatments), trace evidence, and DNA.
Pauline Rowson introduced the morning panel. She and Kerry Wilkinson held the fort for the crime fiction authors during the morning while the crime experts who appeared with them on the panel were Dr Alex Allan, Forensic Toxicologist, Triple A Forensics and Mick Ellis, Hampshire Police Drugs Expert.
This was then followed by questions from the audience, a book signing and the chance for the audience to chat to the experts and crime authors on an individual basis.
After lunch at the Historic Dockyard Portsmouth the afternoon session started at 2pm and followed the same format as the morning but with different panellists.
Joining CSI Portsmouth in the afternoon were crime authors Natasha Cooper and Sharon Bolton and crime experts Sergeant Tony Birr, of the Hampshire Police Marine Unit and Brian Chappell former DCI New Scotland Yard now Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies University of Portsmouth.
There were again lots of interesting questions posed by the audience and a book signing to follow.
CSI Portsmouth 2013 closed at 4.30pm. An enjoyable, entertaining and informative day with lots of food for thought for individuals to take away.
About CSI Portsmouth
CSI Portsmouth was first launched in 2010 and is the brainchild of Pauline Rowson, author of the DI Andy Horton series of crime novels, set in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. She organises the event with Portsmouth City Council Library Service and the Hayling Island Bookshop. Part of Portsmouth BookFest, CSI Portsmouth is fast becoming a major fixture in the crime fiction festival calendar.
Crime authors who have appeared at CSI Portsmouth include: Mark Billingham,Simon Brett, Stephen Booth, Ann Cleeves, Graham Hurley, John Harvey, Matt Hilton, June Hampson, Michael Ridpath, Peter Lovesey, and Pauline Rowson.
Crime experts have included members from Hampshire police major crime team, fire investigation officers, scene of crime officers, the hi-tech unit, fingerprint bureau, as well as experts from the Universities of Portsmouth and Surrey on fraud, stalking, forensic psychology.
With grateful thanks to the supporters of CSI Portsmouth 2013
The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums, for the use of its superb venue and to the 2013 sponsor, publisher, Bello, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, that brings lost classics back to life, including many crime classics.
CSI Portsmouth 2014 will be on Saturday 8 November 2014
Tickets on sale from September 2014.
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ReAuthoring, a team of writers from London, in collaboration with writers in Portsmouth, have created You, Me & Everyone in Portsmouth. The team collected stories from up to 2000 residents to create an original, epic tale of the city, from the community itself. This is the UK’s largest-ever crowdsourced story project!
The Guildhall will become a giant canvas where words, stories and images, inspired by the public’s contributions, will be projected.
Core funded by Arts Council England with support from Portsmouth City Council and the Portsmouth Cultural Trust.
We are pleased to announce the Portsmouth BookFest 2013 programme. As in previous years, the programme will include a variety of events for adult audiences as well as a programme featuring children’s authors visiting city schools run by Portsmouth School Library Service.
This year we have 24 events featuring 37 authors at 12 different venues across the city.
If you would like to be kept informed about the programme and about other events in the area, please join our mailing list by sending us your details from the Contact Us tab.
The Box Office is now open on the numbers shown on the right hand side.
Poetry lovers will be delighted to hear that The Hayling Island Bookshop is organising a visit by a prestigious national tour to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Three of the poets who have been shortlisted in recent years will be reading their work. The poets appearing are George Szirtes (2005 winner), Penelope Shuttle and Tim Liardet (both 2006 shortlisted) they will be joined by local poet Maggie Sawkins a founder member of Tongues and Grooves, Portsmouth’s popular poetry and music club
The event is being jointly staged by Portsmouth BookFest and The Portsmouth Festivities and will be held on Tuesday September 17th at The David Russell Theatre in The Portsmouth Grammar School. The pre event drinks reception starts at 7pm and the first reading starts at 7.30pm. Copies of the participating poets work will be on sale for signing during the evening.
Tickets are on Sale Now from butonly from The Hayling Island Bookshop on 02392 466620.
Portsmouth BookFest is delighted to announce a special evening with Michael Morpurgo on Saturday 28th September at 7pm in the Portsmouth Guildhall. This event is being held in advance of the main Festival due to Michael’s diary commitments.
Michael Morpurgo is an English author, poet, playwright and librettist, best known for his work in children’s literature. He has been awarded 11 literary awards and prizes and shortlisted for 9 awards. Some of his well known works include: Private Peaceful, The Butterfly Lion, Why the Whales Came and War Horse, the latter has been adapted as a radio broadcast and as a stage play, premièring in South Bank, London, on 17 October 2007, with the horses played by life-sized horse puppets. War Horse was also adapted as a 2011 British film directed by Steven Spielberg.
Michael will be talking about his latest books which will be on sale at the event, then meeting audience members. Ticket holders will receive £1 off books purchased at the event and will be able to meet Michael and receive a pre-signed book plate for books purchased at the event.
David Russell Theatre, Portsmouth Grammar School 2pm Tickets £6
Join Britain’s favourite female children’s author for an afternoon where Jacqueline will be talking about her books and new novelDiamond.Each ticket may be used to redeem £4 off the price of a book sold at the event (one ticket against each book) Limits will apply on the number of people who will be able to meet Jacqueline after the talk to have books signed.
Only books bought at the event will be signed and one book only per child will be signed
NOTE: Tickets for this event may only be booked via telephone at the Box Office on 02392 688 037
11.30am – 4.00pm Tickets: FREE, but need to be booked.
Join us at the voting and awards ceremony for Portsmouth’s First Fiction Award. The award is given to a debut novel by an author resident in the UK and Portsmouth reading groups, residents and library staff have spent the last six months
reading and voting for the shortlist, from a wide range of stories. We will be joined by the authors for a fun day of voting, talking about books and hearing the authors. Ourshortlist is:
Melissa Harrison Clay
Kerry Hudson Tony Hogan bought me an ice cream float before he stole my Ma
Claire King The Night Rainbow
Kevin Maher The Fields
Kate Worsley She Rises
Authors Phil Hewitt and Stewart Ferris from West Sussex publisher Summersdale will be giving advice to budding authors on how to get published.
How to be a Writer: Secrets from the Inside. Local author Stewart Ferris (he lives in Hampshire) has worked in the publishing industry for twenty years (previously at Summersdale) and has published thousands of books and penned forty of his own. He is a fun charismatic speaker and has also written for stage, film, television and radio. Stewart will entertain the audience with tips from the inside.
Chichester vs Portsmouth. New books, A Chichester Miscellany and A Portsmouth Miscellany are written by local author and journalist Phil Hewitt. Phil is well-known in the area (group arts editor for the Sussex Group Newspapers). Not only is he knowledgeable; he is funny and full of informative and startling facts about the area we live in
Meet three highly acclaimed female authors from West Sussex at a panel event.
Isabel Ashdown’s debut novel Glasshopper – set in Portsmouth – was named as one of the Best Books of the Year in both the Observer and London Evening Standard’ and her latest novel Summer of ‘76 – set on the Isle of Wight – is gathering rave reviews
Gabrielle Kimm’s novels are set in 16th century Italy and His Last Duchess, was described by the Irish Times as ‘A stunning debut, rich in historical detail, that explores women’s freedom, forbidden love, and the passions and people of 16th century Tuscany and Ferrara.
Jane Rusbridge is a creative writing lecturer at Chichester University. Jane’s mesmerising new novel Rook is a Guardian Readers’ Book of the Year 2012. Set in Bosham, it is a story of family, legacy and turning back the tides. Rook explores the mystery surrounding Harold II’s burial place, and the connections forged through three women’s secrets.
Menuhin Theatre, Portsmouth Central Library
7.00pm Tickets: £3
Steve, who was our Dickens 2012 writer in residence, will be talking about his chilling new teen book, Blood Donors.
“Blood Donors does something almost impossible – it combines an utterly convincing setting and all-too-human characters with a story of nightmarish intensity. The language hums with energy and the pace is relentless.” Anthony McGowan, author of The Knife That Killed Me Presented by Portsmouth Reading Activists. Suitable for audiences over 12.
First floor, Portsmouth Central Library
7.00pm Tickets: £3
Organised cricket has been played regularly in Hampshire for more than 250years but Hampshire County Cricket Club was formed in September 1863 and so this year is celebrating its 150th Anniversary. Dr Dave Allen is their Hon Archivist and a native of Portsmouth who first watched Hampshire at the United Services Ground in 1959. With his friend and
fellow historian Stephen Saunders he has compiled a chronological history of Hampshire County Cricket since 1863 which will published in September to coincide with the first formal General Meeting to establish the club.His talk, including a range of historical artefacts, will focus on some of the key moments and great figures of Hampshire County Cricket over the past
150 years. The talk will also mark Black History Month by celebrating the Club’s association with Caribbean cricketers.
1.00pm Tickets: FREE, no ticket required
Rebecca Sampson is a local author who offers writers’ workshops and has now written seven books. “I wanted to show through the medium of comedy the type of experiences thousands of parents go through on a daily basis.” Rebecca will be selling copies of her books in the library.
Menuhin Theatre, Portsmouth Central Library
7.00pm Tickets: £3
For the first time BookFest presents an evening debate with the theme of ‘the future of libraries’. We are delighted to welcome Alan Gibbons, children’s author and libraries advocate, Tim Coates, former managing director of Waterstones
and libraries advocate and ? to the panel for what promises to be a topical discussion on one of Britain’s best loved institutions.
United Services Rugby Club House Burnaby Road
7.30pm Tickets: £5
Stephen Cooper’s fascinating book was the winner of the Rugby Book of the Year Award 2013 at The British Sports Book Awards. In the years leading up to the First World War, the Rugby grounds of Britain became training grounds for war. The Final Whistle plays tribute to the pivotal role Rugby played in the Great War by following the poignant stories of fifteen men who played for Rosslyn Park, London.Stephen Cooper follows them from London to the Western Front, Mesopotamia,Turkey, Italy and Dublin, through some of the war’s fiercest battles.
Menuhin Theatre, Portsmouth Central Library
2.30pm Tickets: £3
A word-dance into the void of addiction. Join the narrator’s quest to discover the lure of psychoactive substances following her daughter’s descent into addiction.This multi-media live literature production captures the surreal mundanity of living with
addiction and combines the poet’s moving testimony with the voices of addicts in recovery. There will be a Q&A session after the event. Maggie is founder of Portsmouth’s Tongues&Grooves Poetry and Music Club and this event is directed by Mark C Hewitt.
Aspex, Gunwharf Quays
7.00pm Tickets: £5 or FREE if you bake a cake and bring it with you
Coming back for their fourth visit due to popular demand, publishers and authors Scott Pack and Marie Phillips once again bring their highly enjoyable evening of book talk, interviews and book swaps to Aspex. This year we are delighted that one of our guest authors is Will Sutton, a former member of the audience and now a published author!