Published: 20/11/2014 16:59 - Updated: 19/11/2014 17:06

From pitching projects to planning murders, Scottish Book Week is on the right page

Budding writers, literary agent Allan Guthrie wants to hear from you.
Budding writers, literary agent Allan Guthrie wants to hear from you.

BOOK Week Scotland, the nation’s celebration of literature for all ages, will see an expert’s eye view of murder, tips for budding authors and a chance for older writers to impress an agent as part of the Highland programme of events.

Running from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th November, Book Week Scotland sees a range of events from the Borders to Shetland.

Highland events include Keith Gray, a multi-award winner author of numerous books for children and young adults, passing on some tricks of the trade to north teenagers with a practical workshop at Inverness Royal Academy on Monday.

The bookshop is free, but all places must be booked in advance by telephoning Inverness Royal Academy and asking to speak to Mrs Susan Appleby 01463 222884 or emailing

Across the region at Ullapool there will be some much more macabre inside information from Professor Dave Barclay, a world-renowned forensics expert who has worked on some of Britain’s highest-profile murder cases, including the deaths of Millie Dowler, Sarah Payne and the Soham schoolgirls Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman.

A senior lecturer at Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences and a former head of physical evidence for the UK National Crime and Operations Faculty, he now co-writes a series of crime thrillers with Margaret Murphy under the pseudonym A. D. Garrett.

He will be talking about his books and the real life science that inspires them in a free but ticketed event at the Macphail Theatre, Ullapool, at 7.30pm on Wednesday. Call 01854 612543 for more information and to book a place.

Also combining crime writing with another job is Orkney-born Allan Guthrie.

The award-winning novelist is also a literary agent and e-book publisher and will be inviting would be authors to pitch their new projects to him at the monthly meeting of the Highland Literary Salon at the Glen Mhor Hotel, Ness Bank, at 7pm on Tuesday. Places are strictly limited. See the Salon website,, for further information.

Other Book Week Scotland events include talks on the work of pioneering Scottish fantasy writer George MacDonald and the Gaelic fairy tradition at Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic college on Skye at 6.30pm on Thursday, Bookbug song and story sessions at Nairn, Culloden, Grantown and Fortrose libraries and Hilton Community Centre, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Nairn Library at 7pm on Tuesday, and Tea, Scones and Books at Cromarty Old Brewery on Wednesday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Details of these and events around the country are available at

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