Anna Smith is a former chief reporter for the Daily Record, and has covered wars across the world, as well as major investigations and news stories from Dunblane to Kosovo. She now writes novels full time, using her vast experience as a journalist to create Rosie Gilmour, a gritty Glasgow journalist who tears down the walls of corruption and will stop at nothing to get her story. Anna will talk about The Hit, the ninth outing for Rosie Gilmour, who is hot on the trail of a ring of baby-sellers and people-traffickers. The problem is, her main suspect is a dead man. Or is he?
Michael Malone is a prize-winning poet and author who was born and brought up in the heart of Burns' country. He has published over 200 poems and did a brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop! Blood Tears, his bestselling debut novel, won the Pitlochry Prize & he has written two more crime novels set in Glasgow, featuring DI Ray McBain. Michael will be tallking about House of Spines, a creepy Gothic horror story set in a haunted mansion in Glasgow.
Neil Mackay is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, radio broadcaster and film-maker, collecting around two dozen national and international awards for his newspaper journalism. Mackay was a launch editor of the Sunday Herald newspaper, and his last film, an investigation into the rise of the far right in Europe and America, was nominated for a BAFTA. His book, The War on Truth, investigated the roots of the invasion of Iraq and he has written for the Sunday Herald, The Observer, and Scotland on Sunday.
Coffee, cake and conversation provide an environment condusive to enjoyable discussion, stimulated by a variety of readings. In turn, the conversation will be used to encourage participants to write short contributions to a booklet which will be printed, bound and given to participants before the session ends, as a record of the day.