Welcome to Portsmouth BookFest

About The Festival:

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.

CSI Portsmouth 2013 another resounding success

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.

Crime Author Pauline Rowson opening CSI Portsmouth 2013
Crime Author Pauline Rowson opening CSI Portsmouth 2013

 

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.

Pauline Rowson introducing the morning panel at CSI Portsmouth 2013 left to right crime author Kerry Wilkinson, with crime experts Dr Alex Allan Forensic Toxicologist Tripe A Forensics Ltd. and Mick Ellis Hants Police Drug expert
Pauline Rowson introducing the morning panel at CSI Portsmouth 2013 left to right crime author Kerry Wilkinson, with crime experts Dr Alex Allan Forensic Toxicologist Tripe A Forensics Ltd. and Mick Ellis Hants Police Drug 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.

Crime expert Brian Chappell former DCI New Scotland Yard now Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies University of Portsmouth answering a question on CSI Portsmouth 2013 afternoon panel with left to right, crime authors Pauline Rowson, Natasha Cooper, Sharon Bolton and Sergeant Tony Birr, Hants. Police Marine Unit
Crime expert Brian Chappell former DCI New Scotland Yard now Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies University of Portsmouth answering a question on CSI Portsmouth 2013 afternoon panel with left to right, crime authors Pauline Rowson, Natasha Cooper, Sharon Bolton and Sergeant Tony Birr, Hants. Police Marine Unit

There were again lots of interesting questions posed by the audience and a book signing to follow.

Sergeant Tony Birr answering a question on the afternoon panel at CSI Portsmouth 2013: left to right moderator and crime author Pauline Rowson (standing) on the panel: Natasha Cooper, Sharon Bolton; Sergeant Tony Birr, Hants. Police Marine Unit; Brian Chappell former DCI New Scotland Yard now Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies University of Portsmouth.
Sergeant Tony Birr answering a question on the afternoon panel at CSI Portsmouth 2013: left to right moderator and crime author Pauline Rowson (standing) on the panel: Natasha Cooper, Sharon Bolton; Sergeant Tony Birr, Hants. Police Marine Unit; Brian Chappell former DCI New Scotland Yard now Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies University of Portsmouth.

 

Natasha Cooper answering a question on the afternoon panel at CSI Portsmouth with Sharon Bolton crime author; Sergeant Tony Birr, Hants. Police Marine Unit; Brian Chappell former DCI New Scotland Yard now Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies University of Portsmouth.
Natasha Cooper answering a question on the afternoon panel at CSI Portsmouth with Sharon Bolton crime author; Sergeant Tony Birr, Hants. Police Marine Unit; Brian Chappell former DCI New Scotland Yard now Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies University of Portsmouth.

 

Sharon Bolton signing copies of her crime novels at CSI Portsmouth 2013
Sharon Bolton signing copies of her crime novels at CSI Portsmouth 2013

 

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.

If you would like to become a sponsor of CSI Portsmouth please Contact Us

You can follow CSI Portsmouth on Twitter and on Facebook.

26 October /25 October: You, Me & Everyone in Portsmouth

YME logoPortsmouth Guildhall

6.00pm • Tickets: FREE, no ticket required

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.

Website: youmeeveryone.co.ukTwitter: @reauthoring #youmepompeyFacebook: www.facebook.com/YouMeEveryone

Portsmouth BookFest 2013

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.

You can view the full Programme here BookFest booklet-web

 

17th September – TS Eliot Poetry Prize National Tour

Eliot Prize Tour logoPoetry 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 but only from The Hayling Island Bookshop on 02392 466620.

28th September – Michael Morpurgo

Leroy PBPortsmouth 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.

Tickets are on sale now from the Box Office on line via the web page at http://www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk/events/michael-morpurgo or in person by visiting the Guildhall Box Office or by calling 0844 847 2362 (note that some delays can be expected at peak periods if using this number).

19th October: Jacqueline Wilson Diamond Tour

DiamondDavid 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 novel Diamond.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

19th October: Portsmouth First Fiction Award: voting and ceremony

Portsmouth Central Library

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

20th October: How To Get Published

Southsea Castle

1.00pm – 3.00pm Tickets £5

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 WriterSecrets 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

 

 

20th October: Isabel Ashdown, Gabrielle Kimm and Jane Rusbridge

rookSouthsea Castle 

3.00pm – 5.00pm Tickets £5

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.

22nd October: Storyplaytime: Moomins

moominsSouthsea Library
11.30am  Tickets: £3

Storyplaytime sessions are games, songs and activities delivered by Justine De Mierre based on children’s books.Suitable for under 5s.

22nd October: Storyplaytime: Poo at the Zoo

pooNorth End Library
1.30pm Tickets: £3

Storyplaytime sessions are games, songs and activities delivered by Justine De Mierre based on children’s books.Suitable for under 5s.

22nd October: Blood Donors Steve Tasane

blood donorsMenuhin 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.

24th October: The History of Hampshire County Cricket

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.

26th October: My life and other accidents

Southsea Library
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.

 

29th October: The future of libraries: discussion panel

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.

 

29th October: The Final Whistle or A Rugby Club at War 1914-1918

Final whistleUnited 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.

30th October: Zones of avoidance

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.

31st October: Firestation Bookswap on tour

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!