Ann Landmann – the events manager at Blackwells Bookshop South Bridge – is a star when it comes to hosting literary events, and last night was no exception! At around six-ish a packed audience eagerly waited to hear what five Scottish writers had to say about their books (including me!).
Douglas Watt was first. He gripped us with a reading from Testament of a Witch, a dark and sinister tale set in the 17th century against the backdrop of political and religious conflict, the second of Watt’s John MacKenzie series of historically rich and enthralling stories.
I was on next. I’d like to think that in my brief 15 minute slot I gave an engaging insight into my reasons for writing The Blue Suitcase. The audience seemed to be listening, so if you were there, do please write and let me know ;o)
Mark Douglas-Home followed me. He intrigued us with a couple of readings from his novel The Sea Detective, which was launched in May, and introduced us to Cal McGill, a part-time PhD oceanography student with a macabre interest in floating corpses!
John Allen was fourth. For over thirty years John Allen was an active member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and for most of them acted as Team Leader. He recalls the challenges of mountain rescue in his book Cairngorm John (his call sign when in contact with search and rescue helicopters). John shared some of the funnier stories from his Mountain Rescue life and one sad and very poignant story. His honesty was utterly charming.
Last, but of course not least, was Russel D. McLean. In between making us laugh he read from his debut novel The Good Son, a mean and gritty Chandler-esque crime novel set in Dundee and introducing Dundonian private investigator J McNee!
It was an entertaining evening and I am delighted to have taken part in it. Hopefully we’ll have a few pics soon :9)