The Crime Readers' Association

Crime fiction and CSI fans pack into first ever CSI Gateshead

2nd May 2013

Nearly a hundred and twenty people attended the first ever CSI Gateshead event at Gateshead Library on Thursday 25 April. Inspired by the CSI Portsmouth event, which crime author, Pauline Rowson helps to organise. The CSI Gateshead event was a huge success.

Pauline Rowson says, ‘CSI Gateshead was modelled on the CSI Portsmouth event with some slight variation. The Gateshead event took place over two hours on an evening with one panel of crime fiction authors and crime experts whereas CSI Portsmouth is a full day event with two panels of crime authors and crime experts. Both events are proving to be extremely popular with crime fiction fans and those who enjoy CSI programmes on the television.’

At CSI Gateshead the crime authors on the panel were Matt Hilton, (who also appeared at CSI Portsmouth 2012), Mari Hannah and Pauline Rowson. The crime experts were Mo Dowdy, former Detective Inspector with the Serious Incident Squad, Northumbria Police and Ian Gillard, former Crime Scene Officer with Northumbria Police. The moderator was Susan Horton (no relation to DI Andy Horton – Pauline’s fictional detective) from Gateshead Library service.

The event was superbly organised by Helen Eddon of Gateshead Library.

Pauline Rowson is also assisting with and appearing at CSI Basingstoke on Saturday 6 July with crime author Peter Lovesey and crime experts, Carolyn Lovell, Operations Director, Crime Scene Management, Hampshire Police and Jane Aston, Fingerprint Bureau, Hampshire Police.

CSI Portsmouth takes place on Saturday 2 November 2013, crime experts and crime authors to be announced.

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