Four Saraband authors are taking part in events around the country as part of this year’s Book Week Scotland, which runs from 25 November to 1 December.
Mandy Haggith: As well as the Scottish Poetry Library gala launch of Into the Forest at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Thu 28/11, Mandy will appear on Tue 26/11 at Inverness Waterstones and on Wed 27/11 at Nairn Bookshop. She will be reading from her new anthology of tree poems and discussing ‘rewilding’ – the reintroduction of predator species to Scotland, which is the subject of her novel Bear Witness.
Lesley McDowell and J David Simons: The art of historical fiction will be the subject of discussion between Lesley McDowell (author of Unfashioned Creatures) and J David Simons (author of An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful) at Glasgow’s Hillhead Library on Tue 26/11. Unfashioned Creatures has only just been published but is already picking up some great reviews, whilst An Exquisite Sense has had a terrific year, becoming a Kindle bestseller. Lesley McDowell will also be appearing at Broughty Ferry Library (tickets: 01382 436 919).
Victoria Hendry: The author of A Capital Union will be appearing at Longniddry Library on Wed 27/11 (tickets: 01875 818 160) and Stirling’s Macrobert Arts Centre on Thu 28/11. A Capital Union is set in World War II Edinburgh and explores the current big questions that Scotland is facing – independence, cultural identity and austerity. Victoria will be accompanied in Stirling by a musician who will perform WW2-era swing numbers. Victoria has earned the admiration of leading literary figures including Alan Warner, who described her debut as ‘remarkable, with explosive moments of real poetry and narrative power’, and Julie Davidson, whose review in the Sunday Herald described it as ‘startlingly accomplished’.