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.
The stellar line-up for CSI Portsmouth 2014, part of Portsmouth BookFest, where crime fiction meets crime fact, sees four internationally acclaimed best-selling crime authors, M. C. Beaton, Jessie Keane, Val McDermid and Pauline Rowson, join crime experts and officers from Hampshire Police and the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University on Saturday 8 November.
CSI Portsmouth is the brainchild of Hampshire based crime author Pauline Rowson, whose crime novels are set in the Solent area and feature the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton. Hailed in the UK and the USA as the ‘Best of British Crime Fiction,’ her novels have been translated into several languages including Chinese. The eleventh in the DI Horton series, Shroud of Evil was published by Severn House in April 2014.
Pauline Rowson says, ‘I’m thrilled with the line-up for CSI Portsmouth 2014 and delighted that such highly acclaimed crime authors as Val McDermid, Jessie Keane and M. C Beaton have agreed to participate. We also have some very experienced crime experts and police officers joining us for what I know will be an informative and entertaining event.’
Award-winning crime writer Val McDermid is a Number One bestseller, translated into more than 30 languages, with over two million copies sold in the UK and over 10 million worldwide. The popular ITV series Wire in the Blood, starring Robson Green as Tony Hill, was based on McDermid’s books. Jessie Keaneis the author of a number of crime bestsellers with Annie Carter, head of a London gang family, as her main protagonist. Her last book, Nameless was a standalone crime novel and sold over 50,000 copies in a month. M.C. Beaton, author of the Agatha Raisin series, is the most borrowed British adult fiction author in UK libraries with over a million borrowings in the last year.
The crime authors will be joined on the panels by Terrence Napier, Footwear Mark Examiner for Hampshire Police Scientific Services; Dr Katherine Brown, Forensic Entomologist, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth;Sergeant Roger Wood, Hampshire Police expert on intelligence gathering, cyber-crime and covert source recruitment and Detective Inspector Mandy Horsburgh, Hampshire Police, part of the Operation Fortress team investigating serious violent drug-related crime and organized criminal groups.
Also at CSI Portsmouth will be Hampshire Police Fingerprint bureau, a mock up crime scene provided by students on the Forensic Science Course at Southdowns College and a forensic entomology display by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth.
Portsmouth BookFest is a festival of popular literature organised by Portsmouth City Council and runs from 24 October to 9 November. Its aim is to promote reading for pleasure and enthusiasm for literature in the city of Portsmouth.
An imprint of Pan Macmillan, Bello brings lost classics back to life. Over 50% of Bello’s published titles are in the crime genre, ranging from Golden Age mysteries and short stories, to thrillers, cozy crime and detective fiction. Bello’s extensive list covers the history of the genre, including two founding members of the Crime Writers’ Association, Andrew Garve and Josephine Bell, the early novels of popular children’s author Nina Bawden, the creator of the ‘inverted mystery’ Roy Vickers, and the bestselling Ann Cleeves, creator of the Vera and Shetland series.
CSI Portsmouth was first launched in 2010 and is the brainchild of Pauline Rowson, crime author of the DI Andy Horton series and thrillers set in the Portsmouth and Solent area, who organises the event with Portsmouth City Council Library Service. Part of Portsmouth BookFest, CSI Portsmouth is now one of the major fixtures in the UK crime fiction festival calendar.
Founded in 2011, Bello is Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint. In its first two years, Bello has published more than 550 previously out-of-print titles from over 40 authors whose collective work spans the 20th century and beyond. Bello’s primary format is ebook, but each title is also released as a print-on-demand paperback, available through all bookshops offering POD, or direct to the reader through the Pan Macmillan website.
The crime authors and crime experts taking part in CSI Portsmouth 2014 will be announced in July with tickets going on sale in September. Along with the panel guests there will be a mock up crime scene provided by forensic students from South Downs College; the fingerprint bureau from Hampshire Police and a forensic entomology display provided by the Institute for Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University. The bookshop will be provided by the Hayling Island Bookshop.
Pauline Rowson says, ‘We’re delighted that Bello has agreed to be our sponsor for the second year running. CSI Portsmouth is a hugely popular event which regularly attracts an audience of over a hundred and thirty. It provides a fascinating insight into crime, both fiction and fact, and gives the audience the chance to ask questions of the panel and talk to the individual crime authors, police and experts.’
Crime authors who have appeared at CSI Portsmouth include: Mark Billingham, Simon Brett, Stephen Booth, S J Bolton, Ann Cleeves, NJ Cooper, Graham Hurley, John Harvey, Matt Hilton, June Hampson, Kerry Wilkinson, 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, hi-tech unit, drug squad, fingerprint bureau, as well as experts on forensic toxicology, and from the Universities of Portsmouth and Surrey on fraud, stalking, forensic psychology.
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.