Friday, 23 November 2018

Book Week Scotland, Berwick Lit Fest



I took part in an eventful reading at Danderhall library last night. Luvly crowd of locals, all really interested in crime fiction. I filled them in on how I researched HER COLD EYES and I don't think I've ever experienced a more blatant example of the cliche 'you could have heard a pin drop'.

Yes, that's my tip for your next outing in mixed company, talk endlessly about ritual Satanic sex abuse, it's a real conversation starter.

Huge thanks to all at Midlothian Libraries for organising the event, especially to Danderhall Library manager, Gwen Reid, second from right, who even brought her hubby along to raise the testosterone levels in the room. With me, my mate, Jim, and Gwen's hubster, that made three men and the rest were women. I have no idea what this says about the fairer sex and would never be so uncouth as to suggest otherwise.

My personal high-point of the night, was the elderly lady who turned up to ask me to give Gus Dury a break, she said: "I just want to see him find a wee bit of peace, can we see him settled and happy?" I know how she feels, but I cannae see it. Gus always seems to find the self-destruct switch.

A few weeks back I was in Berwick for their Literary Festival, sharing the stage with the writer Tom Maxwell. We've written a crime novel together and that's about to be turned over to my agent so watch this space for more news about that.

Tom's dad, the famous Scottish journalist Fordyce Maxwell had an event at the festival too and that was a personal highlight, along with Tom's robotix moves (left), for me. Fordyce talked about the good old days of journalism, when companies like The Scotsman were regarded as quality products the world over. A fabulous and engaging speaker, if you get the chance, go and see him.
 
And finally, thanks to Jim Divine for the new strap at the top of the blog. I don't know where I'd be without his creative talents, he also does fine book covers and calendars if you're in the market. Ta, Jim.