Witnessing the Experts
With Fiona Barton, Kristina Garner, Professor David Russell and Professor Mark Wilkinson.
Fingerprints, forensics and postmortem evidence. Uncover the fascinating facts that inspire the best crime fiction, and use them to authenticate your own writing, with our panel of experts from the University of East Anglia. Kristina Garner from the Law School, Professor David Russell from the School of Chemistry, and Professor Mark Wilkinson, pathologist from the Norwich Medical School, will share their insider knowledge on criminal law and science, with bestselling author of The Widow and The Child, Fiona Barton, herself a former investigative journalist.
About our speakers
Fiona Barton, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow and The Child, trains and works with journalists all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday,where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards. Website
‘If you liked Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, you might want to pick up The Widow by Fiona Barton. Engrossing. Suspenseful.’ – Stephen King
Kristina Garner is a lecturer in the UEA Law School, focusing particularly on Criminal Law and English Legal Process. She is also responsible for a number of community engagement projects including the pro-bono Street Law group where students run educational programmes to introduce young people to their legal rights and responsibilities. She has also been lucky enough to have worked with inspirational organisations and speakers including the Norfolk Partnership Against Crime Taskforce Lincolnshire Serious Crime Unit. Profile
David Russell is Professor Emeritus of the School of Chemistry, University of East Anglia (UEA). During his time at UEA, David served as Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Science (2008-2010) and Head of the School of Chemistry (2011-2014). David’s research is based on bioanalytical chemistry, developing novel ways to make chemical measurements. As part of his research, David’s team were the first to show the presence of drugs and drug metabolites in the sweat deposited in a latent fingerprint. The methods developed simultaneously determine the presence of the drugs, showing drug usage, and visualise the fingerprint.
In 2007, based on his fingerprinting research, David founded the spin-out company Intelligent Fingerprinting Ltd. The company’s first products were launched in August 2017 and have been sold worldwide in the criminal justice, drug rehabilitation and workplace testing sectors.
Mark Wilkinson graduated from Birmingham medical school in 1982. He started training as a pathologist in 1983. During a period of training in Nottingham his mentor was Prof. Steven Jones, one of the leading forensic pathologists of his day. He then moved to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston finally settling in Norwich where he takes the lead in undergraduate teaching in pathology. Prof Wilkinson has a longstanding interest in the ethics of research particularly the use of human tissue. Profile