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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Mystery Fest Day Portsmouth Central Library

2 June 2018

Portsmouth Bookfest. Portsmouth Central Library
organised in partnership with Mystery People


10.00am Doors Open. A fun Quiz will be offered to the audience as they come in.

10.15am Introduction by Clare to Bookfest/ Mystery People/library/facilities/ safety precautions.

10.25am: Contemporary Crime Panel: Why Crime?
- the reasons behind the appeal of Crime Fiction to readers and writers.

Carol Westron (participating moderator), Leigh Russell, Peter Tickler, Jeff Dowson, Christine Hammacott, Judith Cranswick.


 11.30am: BREAK- Tea, coffee and scone, cream and jam will be served by Lily and Lime - your ticket includes this 

12.30pm: Forensic Investigations in the Real World: What would Sherlock do now? Talk by Dr Paul Smith and Inspector Colin White of Portsmouth University.


 1.20pm: 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


 2.45pm: Tea and coffee: Included in ticket


 2.55pm: Audience questions for the 4 speakers


 3.20pm: 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, Barbara Nadel, Nicola Slade, William Shaw, Leigh Russell.


4.25pm: Results of the quiz

 4.30pm: Bookshop

5pm: Close

 Tickets available in Portsmouth libraries
or telephone Hayling Island Bookshop 023 9246 6620


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