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A damn good read – Queen of Crime Val McDermid on The First Modern...

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Her novels have been translated into 40 languages and sold 16 million copies worldwide, so Val McDermid knows a thing or two about crime writing.The winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for...

What’s on – The Tartan Noir Show – crime fiction podcast begins today

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SCOTTISH podcast network, ‘The Big Light’, is set to launch ‘THE TARTAN NOIR SHOW’, a brand new crime fiction podcast celebrating the gritty world of ‘Tartan Noir’, the internationally-acclaimed and increasingly popular Scottish crime writing genre.Presented by crime...

Edinburgh International Book Festival : Home/Less

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Val McDermid is not known for mincing her words – and there are many words not to be minced when it comes to the parlous state of Britain’s housing situation.One sixth of the...

Young writers now feature in Message from the Skies across Edinburgh

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Message from the Skies is an interactive literary project which will get you out and about in the city. You download the app from iTunes or Google Play and then set off to find...

Beginning the centenary year of Dame Muriel Spark with a Message from the Skies

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DAME MURIEL SPARK with 19th CENTURY EDINBURGH NOVELIST SUSAN FERRIER are part of VAL McDERMID’S NEW YEAR’S RESURRECTION which begins SPARK’S CENTENARY YEAR CELEBRATIONS AT EDINBURGH’S HOGMANAY “Did you know that in Edinburgh, there are...

Thursday in Edinburgh – What’s On Today

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  Dolina: An Island Girl's Journey.Well-known singer, actress and storyteller Dolina Maclennan launches her autobiography, written in conversation with Jim Gilchrist and Stuart Edymann. Dolina looks back at her childhood on Lewis and to her friendships with many of the...

What’s On In Edinburgh this week

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Plenty happening again this week - from fundraisers for Palestine, Water for Life and the Scouts, to films from Poland, Africa and Italy. Books will be launched, exhibitions will be opened, French and Russian...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 – crime writers

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Scotland seems to breed outstanding crime writers, but other countries are catching up fast - from Norway to Niagara Falls, new talent is emerging everywhere.  And crime fiction has at last become a respected...

Val McDermid on top form at the Central Library

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'My life', says Val McDermid, 'is a testament to the power of books: they made me.' This may well be true, but Val has also made quite a few books herself.  Prodigious writer, frequent broadcaster, entertaining...

Moderator uses Women of Scotland Luncheon speech to call for action in Nigeria

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The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Right Reverend Lorna Hood, has spoken of her shock and anger at the kidnap of over 200 schoolgirls by the militant group...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe REVIEW – Johnnie Walker’s Guest Night ****.5

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Actually this was only one of the Radio 2 DJ's series of guest nights, and a good one to choose as his guest on Sunday evening was the Fife-born crime author, Val McDermid. In...

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