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 before a Q&A and book signing in the foyer.
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.
Our freshly made pre-show Deli Boxes are available to pre-order for this event. Click here for more information. This event is due to finish at approximately 9pm and will be followed by a book signing.