Friday 14 May 2010

Back To Normality

A very brief post holiday catch up on some Scottish crime fiction news as I have a busy weekend ahead. Thanks to all who visited and commented on my Alaska blog. I had a wonderful time and have heard from quite a few of the students and teachers since. Some of the students have sent stories and poems, others have just written to say hello, which is lovely.

So, back to normality very briefly before I'm off to Crimefest in Bristol next week, where I'm moderating two panels - Grimly Fiendish on Friday at 11.20am with Chris Ewan, Helen Fitzgerald, Steve Mosby and Zoe Sharp and Howling At The Moon (the Last Laugh Award Shortlist panel on Saturday at 4.10pm with Chris Ewan, Suzette Hill, Malcolm Pryce and Len Tyler. Chris is going to be so fed up of me by the end of the weekend.

On with the news - loads more to catch up on but this will have to do for now.

The Daily Record talks to Stuart MacBride about the real life inspiration for his new novel.

A ghostly photo signed by Arthur Conan Doyle is up for auction.

The Northeast Ledger on Denise Mina's STILL MIDNIGHT.

The Aberdeen Word Festival is underway. And here's the programme.

The Telegraph talks to Alexander McCall Smith about his inspirations. And here's an article on his charity work, and a report on the baboon opera.

Louise Welsh at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival.

The Swindon Advertiser attends an event with M C Beaton.

William McIlvanney wants a stiff chat with his character Laidlaw.


  1. Bugger, bugger! Two panels I would have gone to if I had not had to cancel my Crime Fest visit because of my fractured knee, and a subsequent "almost conking out" on the operating table.
    Have a great time in Bristol.

  2. Aw Norman - I'm so sorry you won't be there.