Author details

Graeme Macrae Burnet

Biography

I was born and brought up in Kilmarnock and now live in Glasgow. I have an MA in English Literature/Film and Television Studies from Glasgow University and an MLitt in International Security Studies from St Andrews. I taught English in Prague, Portugal, France and London, before working as a researcher for various independent TV companies for eight years. My first novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau, was published by Saraband in July 2014. I am currently working on my second book which concerns a triple murder in a crofting village in Wester Ross in 1869.

About writer's work

In 2013 I won a Scottish Book Trust New Writer’s Award.

The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is a literary crime novel set in a small town in France. It concerns the disappearance of the eponymous waitress and the impact this event has on the life of a local eccentric, Manfred Baumann. The Herald called it a ‘captivating psychological thriller.’

My current project is a novel told in the form of found documents and has involved research into rural life in nineteenth-century Scotland, early criminal psychology and the Scottish legal system.

In terms of subject matter, I’m interested in characters who are somehow outside the mainstream, who do not fit in to ‘normal’ society. As a reader, I like to feel immersed in the milieu of a novel, so, as a writer, I’m interested in how you can try to create that.

On the technical side, I’m interested in narrative structure (how you tell the story) and point-of-view (who is telling the story).

I blog, mostly about my favourite writer, Georges Simenon, at: http://graememacraeburnet.wordpress.com/

Websites featuring the author

Saraband |Graeme's blog

Current events and projects

I am available for: 

  • Readings/discussion of my own work/working process
  • Workshops with writers’ groups – I’m particularly interested in point-of-view, narrative structure, how to go about editing one’s work, and carrying out and using research.

Other work

I was a researcher on the eight-part BBC Scotland series, Writing Scotland and the assistant producer/researcher on Scots, a three-part series on the Scots language. I have extensive experience of carrying out research both for my own projects and for documentaries and have written scores of pitches and treatments for television programmes.

Email

grabgraeme@hotmail.com

Local authority where they are based

Glasgow

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

Adults

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

No

Author type

Writer

Language

English, Scots

Books written

The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau

Manfred Baumann is a loner.