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Skye Book Festival

Skye Book Festival


I have just returned from a visit to the book festival on Skye - filling in at the last minute for Rosemary Goring (whose moving After Flodden I can highly recommend http://www.birlinn.co.uk/After-Flodden.html). This festival is well worth marking in your diary for next year: an impassioned and imaginative programme of events combined with the warmest of welcomes, in a spectacular setting, is not one to be missed.

I was privileged too to be present at the launch of the 'Great Book of Skye',  'The most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the people of the Isle of Skye,' a labour of unprecedented scholarship and love, by Norman Macdonald and Cailean Maclean. Breathtaking.  http://greatbookofskye.com/

Hew Cullan Book 5


St Andrews castle


Hew Cullan book 5 is well under way. And for those who have finished Friend & Foe, and are concerned that Hew may be abandoning his roots...do not fear! The fifth book sees him safely in St Andrews, and with Giles and Meg. Which is all, for now. No spoilers here!

Author Event at Leven Library

I will be reading from, and talking about, Friend & Foe at Leven public library on Thursday 22nd of May from 7.30 pm. 

Details and tickets here: http://www.fifedirect.org.uk/whatson/index.cfm?fuseaction=whatson.display&id=FECDE163-E112-60CE-128C8A236DA39C54



Friend & Foe

St Andrews map c.1583

The very fine street plan of Hew Cullan's St Andrews, based on the Geddy map of c.1580, produced by Polygon for Friend & Foe.

Friend & Foe is now on sale online and in bookshops. Signed copies from Waterstones, St Andrews.

With very many thanks to those who came to last night's launch at MUSA - Museum of the University of St Andrews, on The Scores (Or Swallow Gait,  according to this map) Well worth a visit!


Hot off the press...

Friend & Foe by Shirley McKay


First advance copy of the new Hew Cullan, with glossary and maps (by popular demand!) 

 Available to buy soon; this one is fresh from the box

Friend & Foe


St Andrews Castle


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

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