Kate Bendelow


I am a writer, poet and author of The Real CSI: A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers. With over 15 years as a serving CSI, I have combined the passion of my job with my love for writing and have advised many crime writers on how they can add veracity and authenticity to their writing. I am currently working on my own crime fiction trilogy and continue to write and perform my poetry



Publications & Performance History

The Real CSI: A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers was published by the Crowood Press in August 2017

Workshop & Reading Experience

I have lectured in 2016 & 2017 at The Guardian Crime Writing Masterclasses. I have lectured 3 years at Swanwick Writer's Summer School. I took part in The Kilker Women event in 2017 providing 1:1 advice to crime writers. My colleagues and I have held three events of our own crime writing Masterclasses. I presented at Morecambe Crime Writing festival in September 2017. I was commissioned to run a poetry workshop in 2 local primary schools in March 2018. I have been advising the BBC on a production that they are currently developing that will feature forensics. This year I am lecturing my at Theakston's Crime Festival, Guardian Masterclasses, Swanwick, Morecambe & Vice, Bloody Scotland and Killer Women.


Graham Bartlett - grahambartlett@policeadvisor.co.uk Erin Kelly - erin@erinkelly.co.uk Phil Collins - chairman@swanwickwritersschool.org.uk The Guardian Masterclass - bianca.molloy@guardian.co.uk Suzi Baker at the BBC - Suzannah.baker@BBC.co.uk Poetry commission - Jan Phelan - Janphelan55@gmail.com

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