Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in crime writing – an author whose novels, including The Wire in the Blood, have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. She’s also the only bestselling author to sponsor a football team! Tonight, she talks about her journey from Kirkcaldy to international bestsellerdom.
Val grew up in Fife, and read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford (where she is now an Honorary Fellow). She was the first ever student from a state school in Scotland. Following graduation she became a journalist, and worked briefly as a dramatist. Val has created many notable characters such as journalist, Lindsay Gordon; the private investigator, Kate Brannigan; and psychologist, Tony Hill. Her books include three main series: Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, and, beginning in 1995, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, the first entry in which, The Mermaids Singing, won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year. The Hill ⁄Jordan series was adapted for the highly successful television drama; Wire in the Blood, starring Robson Green.
To date, she has published 27 novels, short stories, non-fiction and a prize-winning children’s book. She is a regular broadcaster for BBC radio and lives in Edinburgh
Venue: Saffron Hall13 Sep 2018 - 7:30pm