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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!
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.
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 email@example.com. Full details on the website. Do please come along!
I will be taking part in Waterstones' 'St Andrews literature live' at the Byre theatre St Andrews on Friday October 26th at 3 pm, part of a two day festival of theatre, talks and demonstrations, including Catherine Brown on Scots cookery (serving fish broth and pancakes: early booking recommended)
Books and writers brought to life. Tickets and full details here: http://www.standrewsliteraturelive.com
This year's Fife Bookfest takes place at the Music Institute, Dunfermline East Port, from September 29th to October 5th, a week of art, music, film, prose and poetry with a wide range of events for all ages, celebrating Fife's rich cultural heritage. I have been asked to participate in a writers' workshop on Saturday 29th at 2.30 pm, and am hugely looking forward to it. More details and full programme here.
Meanwhile, preparations for next weekend's Bloody Scotland crimefest in Stirling have reached fever pitch, the place to be seen according to Grazia magazine last week - apparently among their 10 'hot things to do!'
There's a real buzz about this, not to be missed. Lots to attract and interest on their fantastic website, one of the best I've seen, and if you can't make the crimefest, still worth a look.
Fans of crime fiction may like to join the new Crime Readers' Association, set up by the CWA [Crime Writers' Association] at their website filled with news and information from your favourite authors, with tips too for beginners working in the genre.
The CWA have also extended their membership criteria for writers, acknowledging the rise in new forms of publishing, to include those published (though not self-published) solely in ebook form, and print-on-demand.
Meanwhile the countdown has begun to Bloody Scotland, Scotland's first crime fiction festival, in Stirling next month. Tickets are on sale at the Bloody Scotland website
I will be appearing with Shona MacLean and Pat McIntosh in Scotland's Bloody Past: Dark Days, Dark Deeds, on Saturday 15 September at 2pm in the Stirling Highland Hotel. Hope to see some of you there!