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an interview with Stef Penny, an award winning writer who had no ambition to write a book

Stef Penny’s first novel, The Tenderness of Wolves, was named the Costa Book of the Year in 2006, and Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, 2008. Her second novel, The Invisible Ones,  just came out last year. I chatted to Stef Penny … 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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navel gazing and the future of the novel …

Yesterday I went to the last in a series of five lectures-cum-debates as part of the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference at The Book Festival 2012. In case you don’t know, the conference  was a 50th anniversary restaging of the 1962 Edinburgh writers’ … Continue reading

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Joyce Carol Oates is a ledge!

For those of you not from Edinburgh, a “ledge” means  a legend. I saw Joyce Carol Oates yesterday at the  EIBF and make no mistake she is a legend. The first story I ever read by Joyce  was “Where Are You Going, Where … Continue reading

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questions that authors are never asked (at the EIBF 2012 …)

The EIBF  (Edinburgh International Book Festival) is still on and  I’m going to a heap of author events this week thanks to Clicket! Some of the authors have kindly agreed to give me five minutes of their time  (and they … Continue reading

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“All Made Up” is Scottish book of the year!

Janice Galloway’s “All Made Up” has won the Scottish book of the year (and £30,000!). Jen Bowden of the Guardian newspaper describes the book as an anti-memoir and a “brilliant account of teenage love affairs with boys, music and latin.” … Continue reading

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a first for St Andrew’s and St George’s West …

Yesterday I was delighted to be part of the first ever St Andrews and St George’s West Mini Fringe Book Festival, which was part of a programme of events organised by St Andrew’s and St George’s West during  festival time. … Continue reading

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All hail, Ruth Rendell – time to sit up straight!

I have never seen (and heard) so many doctors and lawyers assembled in the one spot as in the queue to see Ruth Rendell last Thursday evening at the EIBF. Inside the tent, Ruth was introduced by an AL Senter, a … Continue reading

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The Book Festival Fringe at St Andrew’s and St George’s West (and me!)

Last night I went to see Rubies in the Attic* with some of my pals. While chatting in the queue, as you do, Helen (one of my pals) showed me the above pic on her phone. It is of the big … 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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