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October | Wed 9th | 19:30

Alexander McCall Smith £25

The Cultural Series

This autumn we host our inaugural Cultural Series in partnership with North East Times magazine, comprising a trio of high-profile events Oct-Dec ‘19. We will play host to famous names from the worlds of literature, academia, politics and TV including David Olusoga, Alexander McCall Smith and Andrew Graham-Dixon.

Alexander McCall Smith in conversation with journalist Alan Taylor

A very special opportunity to be part of an audience with one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. Originally an esteemed professor of Medical Law, ‘Sandy’ became a household name when he turned his hand to fiction and published The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 20 years ago. The book has now sold over twenty million copies in the English language alone. Many of his ‘series’ books have been translated into forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the 44 Scotland Street novels; the Isabel Dalhousie novels and the von Igelfeld series. He is also the author of the celebrated Corduroy Mansions series.

Alan Taylor has been a journalist for over 30 years. He was deputy and managing editor at the Scotsman, and for the last 15 years has been writer-at-Large for the Sunday Herald. He has contributed to numerous publications, including The TLS, The New Yorker and The Melbourne Age, and edited three acclaimed anthologies – The Assassin’s Cloak (2000), The Secret Annexe (2004) and The Country Dairies (2009).

Booking Dates:

Member's Priority Booking: Mon 9 Sep 2019, 9.30am
Public Booking: Mon 23 Sep 2019, 9.30am

£25 includes a drink

Also in the Cultural Series:
A Tale of Five Cities
Rome Unpacked


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