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Friend & Foe


St Anndrews Castle


St Andrews Castle - the setting for the 4th Hew Cullan, Friend & Foe, now in press with Polygon and available to purchase  from the 1st of May. Watch this space...

Dark Nights, Dark Deeds...Death in Grantown?

I will be taking part, with Shona Maclean, in 'Murder through the ages,' on Sunday 27th October: a discussion on historical crime fiction, for the first Wee Crime Festival, brought to you by Bookmark bookshop, at Grantown on Spey. A thrill-filled weekend in a fantastic location, at the foot of the Cairngorms.

Details and programme here: 



Waterstones St Andrews


Waterstones St Andrews has had a refit and is relaunching on Saturday July 20th with a day of events including activities and facepainting in the new children's department, wine and book signings for adults, balloons and cupcakes for all! From 11 am, July 20th, Market Street St Andrews. Hope to see some of you there!


A Pie and a Pint in 16th Century Scotland


Now uploaded to Short Stories, the text of  'A Pie and a Pint in 16th century Scotland  -  food and drink in the Hew Cullan stories,' delivered at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, as part of last October's St Andrews Literature live festival. Very much hoping to see the Byre up and running once again, and soon!


Thank You

Very many thanks to the East Fife Member Centre of the National Trust for Scotland for inviting me to be guest speaker at their February coffee morning on Thursday, at Rufflets country house hotel, St Andrews, and for proving such a welcoming and receptive audience. Your encouragement and interest were very much appreciated. 

Previously...Scotland's History Festival

Previously Scotland's History Festival

This month sees the opening of Scotland's second history festival - 'over 200 events in 18 days' in various Edinburgh venues. 'History like you've never heard it before' for all interests and ages, including themed tours of the capital. 

Programme and full details here of a fantastic line up:


I will be taking part with Margaret Skea (whose first novel, Turn of the Tide, is due out this month) in a discussion 'Writing History' at Blackwell's on Wednesday November 21st at 6 pm. The event is free but ticketed. Tickets are available from Blackwell’s Bookshop on 0131 622 8222 or by emailing events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk. Full details on the website. Do please come along!



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