Book Week Scotland 2019: Blether and My Books

Looking forward to this year’s Book Week Scotland programme, funded by Book Trust Scotland. I will be attending other writers’ events but also speaking at two of my own. My events this year will feature the Willie Morton thriller series that I write as Andrew Scott. I’ll be at Coldside Community Library, 150 Strathmartine Road, Dundee, on Wednesday 20th November at 2pm. Then Banff Library, High Street, Banff, on Thursday 21st November at 7pm. I’ll be reading extracts from the first two titles in the series, Deadly Secrecy and Scotched Nation. https://andrewmurrayscott.scot/home/novels/And discussing the pitfalls and pains of creating a contemporary thriller series set mainly in locations around Scotland. I hope to field some interesting questions from the audience and get a good blether going! Blether is the theme of this year’s BWS programme. It’s great that we have this annual celebration of books, reading and writing just at the start of the winter. There is nothing more pleasurable than staying in and enjoying a good book! My events are free but ticketed. Tickets and more information about the Banff event can be obtained from Live Life Aberdeenshire website / Events… Tickets for the Dundee event can be obtained from Eventbrite Andrew Scott – the Willie Morton series. The full BWS programme: https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland

Video 2: Scotched Nation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cH-YSvj6eE Video 2: Scotched Nation. I created these brief videos as publicity tools to explain, as concisely as possible, the purpose and scope of my new series of political thriller fiction. The Willie Morton mystery thriller series, rooted in Edinburgh, is set around some of the most wonderful landscapes that Scotland has to offer, in many locations that are off the beaten track. An early comment on the visual quality of the writing, by (strangely enough) a Scottish publisher interested in publishing the first book, referred to the immersive nature of the writing. I decided against accepting their offer, preferring to retain, for the moment, my artistic independence, in order to establish the series. I believe the books would make excellent films as they have three of the essential ingredients: strong conflict embedded in compelling narratives about an emerging Scotland, wonderfully scenic locations for action sequences and topical themes as relevant and urgent as today’s headlines. And all of this within the structure of an ongoing fiction series involving a cast of believable characters and a quite flawed but likeable protagonist, struggling freelance journalist, Willie Morton.

Book Signing Success at Scots Independent

Very successful book signing hosted by the excellent team at the Scots Independent at the EICC on Saturday and Sunday. Lots of friendly advice and support from the great and good and some great laughs and reminiscences. The bearded gent whose copy I’m signing is my old AUSNA pal Sandy Allan,  with former SI editor Jim Lynch and his wife and Ian Hamilton – a great SI team. Thanks guys! We shifted box loads. Pic courtesy of Tony Grahame.

 

Conference Event for Scottish Novel

 

Andrew Scott will be promoting and signing copies of his novel Deadly Secrecy, on Saturday 27th April, from 10:30-4:00pm at the Scots Independent stall at the SNP Conference, Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Described by Lesley Riddoch as a “real page turner” and by David Clegg, Political Editor of the Daily Record as “entertaining conspiracy fiction with the Brits as the baddies”, Deadly Secrecy, the first in a series of political conspiracy thrillers, is also available in Waterstones and other bookshops (£8.99)  and as an Ebook (£1.91).