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Saturday 8 September, 11.00am – 1.00pm WATERSTONES, CARLISLE
Come and meet Anna Dean, author of the acclaimed Dido Kent mystery series, who will be chatting to customers and signing copies of her books, including her new hardback A Place of Confinement at Waterstones, 66 Scotch Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8PN. For more information call the bookshop on 08432908217
PART OF BLOODY SCOTLAND – Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, 14 – 16 September
STIRLING HIGHLAND HOTEL
Saturday 15 September, 10.30 – 11.30am
Alex Gray has always wanted to weave in the life of a female pathologist ever since her first visit to Glasgow City Mortuary. Her initial experience of a post mortem examination and subsequent visits resulted in her being invited to take the University of Glasgow’s course in forensic medical science. In this talk entitles ‘Fascinating Forensics: Blood and Guts’ she discusses her experience which gave her the tools to make her character, Dr Rosie Fergusson as authetic as possible – and is joined by Professor Jim Fraser, director of Forensic Science at Strathclyde University.
Saturday 15 September, 3.30pm – 4.30pm
In a panel entitled ‘Meet My Alter Ego’ three of Scotland’s best-known crime writers are challended to talk about crime writing not as themselves, but as their detectives. Will we spot the difference between writer and their fictional creations? Aline Templeton will speak in character as Galloway-based DI Marjory Fleming and be joined by authors Gillian Galbraith and Tony Black who will take on their respective roles as Edinburgh-based DS Alice Rice and DS Rob Brennan. The talk will be chaired by Lin Anderson.
Saturday 15 September, 3.30pm-4.30pm
In a panel entitled, ‘Song of Death’, veteran crime writer Alanna Knight, author of the Inspector Faro series and debut crime writer V. M. Whitworth (whose novel is set in 900AD) will explore the art of story telling from the ballads of Medieval times up to the Victorian era. Chaired by historical novelist, Clio Gray, they will discuss how different periods in history inspired their own stories.
Sunday 16 September, 11.00am – 12noon
Alanna Knight has written an introduction for the new book, Detective McLevy’s Casebook, a new collection of James McLevy’s short stories. His true crime stories of Victorian Edinburgh from a policeman’s perspective are said to have inspired Conan Doyle. As the author of the acclaimed Edinburgh-set novels, featuring Victorian detective Inspector Faro, Alanna Knight joins David Ashton to discuss McLevy and his contribution to crime writing in a talk entitled ‘Victiorian Detectives’.
All tickets £7/£6 Concession. For more information and to book tickets visit the Bloody Scotland website.
Saturday 15 September, 1.00pm – 2.00pm WATERSTONES, NEWPORT
Come and meet acclaimed author Catrin Collier who will be chatting to customers and signing copies of her new paperback set in Pontypridd, Bobby’s Girl, at Waterstones, 159 Commercial Street, Newport, NP20 1JQ . For more information contact the store on 0843 290 8507.
Thursday 20 September, 6.30pm-9.30pm GOLDSBORO BOOKS, LONDON
Come and enjoy an evening with writers of historical fiction and non-fiction as they flock to Goldsboro Books off Charing Cross Road in London for a glass of wine and an evening mingling with fellow authors and fans. Amongst the authors attending will be D E Meredith, Cassandra Clark, Sangeeta Bhargava and John Wilcox. Goldsboro Books is at 23 – 25 Cecil Court, London, WC2N 4EZ and for more information call the bookshop on 0207 497 9230 or visit the History in the Court website.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford is set to hit the stage with a new production by Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre. The production, adapted and directed by Annie Lareau, will run from 22 September to 28 October at The Centre Theatre in Seattle.
Jamie Ford’s bestselling book has sold over a million copies worldwide and this stage adaptation looks to be extremely faithful to the novel. Book-It productions are all original adaptations of literary works and have a unique style which includes having the characters on stage speak narrative lines from the book as well as the dialogue.
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CHANGE OF DATE: Wednesday 26 September, 6.30pm GOLDSBORO BOOKS, LONDON
Come and celebrate with D E Meredith as she launches her debut Devoured, the first book in the exciting new Hatton & Roumande Victorian mystery series, at Goldsboro Books, 23 – 25 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. For more information call the bookshop on 020 7497 9230.