life of her grandmother. STACEY HALLS: THE FOUNDLING Blackwell’s South Bridge, Mon 10 Feb, Evening with Stacey Halls in celebration of her second novel, The Foundling. Also touring, see for details.

CAPITAL SCI-FI CON Corn Exchange, Fri 14–Sun 16 Feb, Science-fiction convention aiming to raise funds for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS). There will be large-scale props from movies plus live special effects presentations, retro gaming consoles, trade stalls and a cosplay competition. Actors and voiceover artists make appearances over the weekend along with cult comic book illustrators and writers. AN EVENING WITH ELLY GRIFFITHS Waterstones West End, Mon 17 Feb, Evening event with Elly Griffiths in celebration of the release of her newest novel, The Lantern Men. Also touring, see list. for details.

OLGA WOJTAS BOOK LAUNCH Topping & Company Booksellers, Tue 18 Feb, Lauch event for the second Shona McMonagle mystery by Edinburgh author Olga Wojtas. EDINBURGH’S MEDICAL DETECTIVES: THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Thu 20 Feb, Learn about Edinburgh’s 19th century ‘medical detectives’ and how they influenced literature’s most famous detective.

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FREE ASSOCIATION & MARTA FONTANA TRANSLATING JOYCE LUSSU CCA, Thu 13 Feb, cca-glasgow. com Learn how to translate the work of Italian anti-fascism and anti-imperialist activist, poet, writer and translator Joyce Lussu at this workshop with Marta Fontana.

AN EVENING WITH JAMES OSWALD Waterstones, Tue 18 Feb, Crime writer James Oswald discusses the tenth book in his Sunday Times-bestselling Inspector McLean series, Bury Them Deep. Also touring, see for details. DAVID LEVITHAN, ALICE OSEMAN, DEAN ATTA AND RYAN LA SALA Waterstones, Fri 28 Feb, Four Young Adult writers discuss their latest works.

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: TESSA HADLEY Glasgow University Memorial Chapel, Mon 23 Mar, Novelist and short story writer Tessa Hadley talks about her work as part of this series of conversations sponsored by the Ferguson Bequest and programmed by Creative Writing at University of Glasgow. EDINBURGH

WATCHMAKER’S WIFE: BOOK LAUNCH Scottish Storytelling Centre, Sat 8 Feb, scottishstorytellingcentre. com Well-known children’s novelist Janis Mackay ventures into the world of writing for an adult audience with an historical fiction/memoir based on the

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John Byrne, appearing at Paisley Book Festival

behind Cassandra Austen’s burning of her sister Jane’s letters. Also touring, see for details. returns for a third year with author events, workshops and family shows.

TRAWLERMAN’S TURQUOISE: MATTHEW CALEY Typewronger Books, Fri 6 Mar, Poet Matthew Caley discusses his sixth poetry collection, Trawlerman’s Turquoise.

THE SHAME GAME BY MARY O’HARA Lighthouse Bookshop, Thu 10 Mar, Chaired discussion with activist and filmmaker Paul Sng and award-winning journalist and writer of Austerity Bites, Mary O’Hara. CONVERSATIONS WITH RODDY DOYLE Queen’s Hall, Thu 12 Mar, A celebration of the career of one of Ireland’s best- loved writers, Roddy Doyle, followed by a book signing.


THE CREATIVITY CODE V&A Dundee, Thu 6 Feb, Talk by Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Marcus du Sautoy, on the nature of creativity and robotics, followed by a book signing.

JAMES OSWALD IN CONVERSATION WITH NEIL BROADFOOT Waterstones, Kirkcaldy, Fri 21 Feb, James Oswald discusses his new novel, Bury Them Deep, with fellow crime writer Neil Broadfoot. Also touring, see list. for details. BREAKING BONES FOR FUN: CARO RAMSEY Aberdeen Central Library, Aberdeen, Sun 23 Feb, Caro Ramsey leads this workshop drawing on her experience as a writer and osteopath to describe the injuries most commonly obtained during fight scenes.

OFF THE PAGE STIRLING BOOK FESTIVAL Various venues, Stirling, Thu 5–Sun 8 Mar, This exciting local book festival features a wide range of authors and speakers for adults and children of all ages. DON PATERSON: ZONAL Topping & Company Booksellers, St Andrews, Wed 11 Mar, Award-winning poet Don Paterson launches his newest poetry collection, Zonal, which takes inspiration from the first series of The Twilight Zone.

GILL HORNBY ON MISS AUSTEN Topping & Company Booksellers, Thu 27 Feb, Gill Hornby discusses her novel Miss Austen, which explores the mystery GRANITE NOIR Various venues, Aberdeen, Thu 20–Sun 23 Feb, Aberdeen’s crime writing festival

XXX WINTER WORDS Xxxx Xxxx FESTIVAL Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Thu 13–Sun 16 Feb, pitlochryfestivaltheatre. com/winter-words-2020 A chilled-out book fest with author events, storytelling sessions, movement workshops and literary lunches. Confirmed authors for 2020 are Val McDermid,

Sir Tom Devine, Professor Christopher Whatley, Sue Armstrong and Esther Rutter. PAISLEY BOOK FESTIVAL Various venues, Paisley, Thu 20–Sat 29 Feb, paisleybookfest. com Brand new book festival with the theme Radical Voices and Rebel


STANZA: SCOTLAND’S POETRY FESTIVAL Various venues, St Andrews, Wed 4–Sun 8 Mar, stanzapoetry. org The cleverly titled StAnza is a literary festival that focuses on verse. Enjoy readings, performances, slams, open mics, jazz, films, workshops and poetry-

related art exhibitions and installations from local and international wordsmiths.

AYE WRITE! GLASGOW’S BOOK FESTIVAL Various venues, Glasgow, Thu 12–Sun 29 Mar, A festival celebrating Scottish and international writers and writing. xxxx

Emma Jane Unsworth Stories. Featuring guest appearances from Jenni Fagan, Emma Jane Unsworth, Val McDermid, Christopher Brookmyre and Doug Johnstone.

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