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An interview with bloody Alex Gray!

Alex Gray has written eight crime novels, her latest being A Pound of Flesh.  I chatted to Alex yesterday during the day before her event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in the evening. I want to thank Alex, again, for her … Continue reading

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and now for something completely different: Anuerin(Nye)Wright, graphic novelist extraordinaire

Yesterday I was back between the “yurts” at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) to chat with Anuerin Wright. What an interesting person! A big thanks to you, Nye, for giving me your time and for such an informative and entertaining … Continue reading

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an interview with Karen Campbell, a crime writer who doesn’t write crime novels!

Karen Campbell is the author of four contemporary crime novels set in Glasgow. Her new novel, This Is Where I am,  is due out in February 2013. I interviewed Karen at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Wednesday, between the author’s yurt … Continue reading

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a place of the dead: Val McDermid and Sue Black at the EIBF

Yesterday I went to my 3rd EIBF event! Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE crime fiction, so I was really looking forward to this event. It didn’t disappoint. Crime writer Val McDermid was in the house … Continue reading

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no life at all… Alison Kennedy (aka AL Kennedy) at the EIBF

I was back at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) again yesterday to listen to A.L. Kennedy talk about the pressures on writers to write.  Sadly, last Friday (hem!) was a tad late to arrange an interview with her, but the event was … Continue reading

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Move over Gil Grissom and Horatio Cane, Sue Black is in the building!

How glorious was the weather yesterday? And where was I?  At the National Museum of Scotland, in a windowless lecture theatre, listening to a talk on forensic anthropology by a university professor. Was I mad? No. Because Professor Sue Black was worth it! … Continue reading

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all writers overwrite (including Shakespeare!)

Six more books which can help you hone your writing skills! Alan Ayckbourn’s The Crafty Art of Playmaking is about playwriting, yes, but an awful lot of what he says can be applied to fiction writing – replace audience with … Continue reading

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The best of times or the worst of times to become a writer?

Welcome to all fledgling writers, new writingclasses.co.uk students, ex-students and anyone who has taken the first or second (or third or fourth) step on the Rocky Road to becoming a writer.  The Rocky Road is a place for you to freely … Continue reading

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This way to star pupils!

Book Week, Broughton Primary School, Edinburgh 23rd August,2011 sic itur ad astra • this way to the stars •sic itur ad astra • this way to the stars I was especially pleased to have been invited to talk about The … Continue reading

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Blackwell’s Writers at The Fringe 18th August

If you are in Edinburgh on 18th August, please come and enjoy a literary evening (starting 6pm) at Blackwells South Bridge. There will be a few of us ‘performers’, and for my part, I’ll be talking about the inspiration behind … Continue reading

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