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Monday 19 February 2018

Mystery People at Portsmouth BookFest 3 March 2018

An exciting all day MysteryFest has been arranged
in collaboration with Mystery People.
Below is theProgramme

10.15am Introduction by Clare to Bookfest/ Mystery People/library/facilities/ safety precautions.
Brief introduction by Carol Westron.

10.25am: Contemporary Crime Panel. Why Crime? Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres. Why do the panel enjoy writing crime fiction? What do the panel think that crime fiction offers readers?
Linda Regan (participating moderator), Leigh Russell, Peter Tickler, Christine Hammacott, Jeff Dowson and Carol Westron.

11.45am: Break- Tea/coffee and cream scones will be served in the cafe.
Other food may also be available in the cafe.

12.45pm: Linda Regan
Interview with

 Brian Murphy
well-known for may televison appearences most notably for
George and Mildred

Last of the Summer Wine
Brian grew up in Postsmouth and talks about
The Life Of Brian.

1.15pm: Talks 1,2, 3, 4 (20 mins each):

Agatha Christie - Stranger than Death: Gaynor Baker
A study of Christie's use of Spiritualism in her inter-war books and short stories.

Not much like The Gentle Touch!: Dot Marshall-Gent
A personal perspective of life as a 1980s Woman Police Constable.

Murder and Moving Car-Parks in Oxford: Peter Tickler
Oxford crime writer Peter Tickler confesses all (well, some of it) about the problems, joys and sneaky tricks involved in writing crime fiction set in an authentic Oxford. And why one particular TV series set there has a tendency to drive him wild.

Writing a Bestselling Series: Leigh Russell
The challenges  and rewards of writing a series
Tea and coffee.

2.50pm: Audience questions for the 4 speakers

3.15pm: Mystery History Panel: The Past is a Foreign Country: How do members of the panel create the period they are writing about without over-burdening the reader with details? Do they think that certain crimes occur at specific times in the past?
Carol Westron (participating moderator), Linda Stratmann, Ann Granger, Barbara Nadel, Nicola Slade, William Shaw.

4.30pm: Bookshop

5pm: Close

 The MysteryFest day will be held at
Portsmouth Central Library,
Guildhall Walk,
Portsmouth PO1 2DX.
The Venue is the 3rd Floor Arts Centre which has a Large hall (the Menuhin Room)
Tickets for this event are £15 and are available to buy from any Portsmouth library or online at
(Ticket price includes Tea/Coffee and cream scones)


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