HARROGATE CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL

THE MOTH CATCHER

THE BRIEF

Design a fun and interactive activity for festival visitors on behalf of “The Thin Blue Spine” arm of Pan McMillan Publishing.

OUR SOLUTION

“The Moth Catcher” book by Author Ann Cleeves a part of the Vera series was chosen as the basis of the scenario. Visitors attended 45 minute sessions where they played the part of super sleuths attempting to solve a case from the novel. The session was broken down into three areas:

AREA ONE

A murder has taken place, a body has been found dumped by the roadside. Visitors were treated to a police style briefing led by an ex senior investigating officer. Attendees were given details of the crime to date and introduced to the storyline. They were invited to take notes and plan their course of action before being informed of a development in the crime…

AREA TWO

To avoid contamination visitors changed into crime scene suits before being deployed to the crime scene where they were met by one of Think Forensic’s CSI’s. A second murder! Would they be able to solve the crime? We’ll give it a try said the CSI as the hunt for evidence began.

AREA THREE

Once the evidence was gathered visitors progressed to the lab area. Totally screened in white drapes it was hard to remember you were at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate. The area was dressed with forensic equipment and visitors were invited to conduct their own analysis of fingerprints, examine hair and fibres using digital microscopes and UV lighting, learn about blood patterns and much more. All under the guidance of real forensic experts. Did they solve the crime? – well that would have given the book away and then they wouldn’t have bought it later!!

THE RESULT

Six 45 minute interactive sessions throughout the course of the day targeting up to a total of 150 visitors. The majority of sessions were fully booked prior to the event via online booking. The remainder of spaces were available on a first come first served basis on the day.

A VIP session with invited members of the press featured the Author Ann Cleeves and cast of the Vera TV series including Brenda Blethyn and Kenny Doughty. This ensured their profiles and that of Pan McMillan, were raised not just at the festival but beyond into the public eye.

FIND US

Think Forensic Ltd
Lodge Street
Skelmanthorpe
Huddersfield
HD8 9DR

FOLLOW US

Think Forensic Ltd, Lodge Street Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, HD8 9DR

01484 860 599

hello@thinkforensic.co.uk

OUR MISSION

We are ex-crime scene investigators, & our workshops are facilitated by experts from crime investigation backgrounds, who are able to recount appropriate experiences as required to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.