From Idea to Printed Book: That Dreaded Second Novel

Wednesday, 28 March
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join me at Blackwell’s Edinburgh to talk about what it takes to write that dreaded second novel.

I will be sharing a panel with local authors, Jane Alexander and Natalie Fergie to share our Second Book highs and lows.

This panel is part of Blackwell’s series, From Idea to Printed Book running alongside Edinburgh’s Rare Book Festival.

Tickets are free but can be reserved via EventBrite.

Blackwell’s Bookshop, 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS

Cromarty Crime and Thrillers Weekend

Friday, 20 April - Sunday, 22 April
All Day

A weekend of Crime and Thrillers in the Scottish Highlands.

Join us in the picturesque coastal village of Cromarty for talks, book signings, Q&A sessions, writing workshops, movie night and a spectacular Gala Night entertainment all organised by the Cromarty Arts Trust.

Guest authors, experts and actors include Ian Rankin, Shona MacLean, Dr William Matchett, Professor Dame Sue Black and Jack Docherty AKA Chief Commissioner Miekelson from BBC Scotland’s Scots Squad.

All inclusive packages available with B&B accommodation in the stunning 18th century Old Brewery plus lunches, dinners and talks.

Information and updates via Cromarty Arts Trust. Or by phone on 01381 600354. Or by email at

When We Were Young – Jackanory for Grown Ups

Wednesday, 2 May
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

An evening of short readings from classic’s of children’s literature for a grown up audience.

Join me and other special guests at a Jackanory for Grown Ups to celebrate the exhibition When We Were Young: Photographs of Childhood from the Scottish National Gallery.

The readings take place at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

Tickets from £4.80 to £6 and include refreshments.

Crime: Anatomy Lessons at Moniack Mhor

Wednesday, 20 June
All Day

I will be Guest Reader on the Crime: Anatomy Lessons course at Moniack Mhor led by Val Mcdermid and Louise Welsh.

This course looks at the heart, blood and bones of a good crime novel taking character, story and sense of place as its starting point.

I will be joining the course mid-week as Guest Reader to share my own work and discuss crime writing in all its marvellous facets with the tutors and participants.

Full details online at Moniack Mhor. Or by calling 01463 741 675. Or by email