Events, dear boy, events…

So, it’s Monday. Dead Men’s Bones comes out on Thursday and I’ve barely done anything about it. Fortunately I have a team of crack ninja elves at Penguin (crack ninja penguins?) who sort a lot of this stuff out for me. That said, if I don’t then tell you, how will you know?

Here then is a breakdown of my appearances, signings etc. over the coming weeks and months:

3rd July – Waterstones Argyle Street, Glasgow. I will be interviewed by Douglas Skelton, read a bit, be evasive when answering questions, then sign some books. Kick off is 7 pm

8th July – Waterstones Perth. Reading, chatting, signing, whatever. 1 pm start

8th July – WH Smith Perth – I’ll be signing stock at 3 pm

8th July – Strathearn Library, Crieff. Talking toot, reading, questions, signings. 7pm start

9th July – WH Smith Stirling – I’ll be signing stock at 10 am

9th July – Waterstones Stirling. Reading and Q&A led by Pat Mason. 1 pm

– Update – Stirling appearances will now be on August 5th. Details to be confirmed nearer the time. –

10th July – Waterstones St Andrews. Signing, chatting, shooting the breeze. 1 pm

10th July – WH Smith St Andrews – I’ll be signing stock at 3 pm

10th July – Waterstones Dundee – Reading, chatting, signing body parts. 6.30 pm start

11th July – WH Smith Dunfermline – I’ll be signing stock at 11 am

11th July – Waterstones Dunfermline – signing and stuff from 12 noon

11th July – WH Smith Kirkcaldy – I’ll be signing stock at 2 pm (or stuck in traffic somewhere near Cowdenbeath)

11th July – Waterstones Kirkcaldy – Reading, chatting, Q&A. Oh, and I might sign some books too. Starts at 7 pm

12th July – WH Smith Edinburgh – Reading and Signing – full details to be confirmed

17th-20th July – Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate. At the bar, mostly. Do come and chat if you’re there.

24th July – Waterstones Ayr/Carnegie Library. Reading and signing and interpretive dance. 7 pm start. Venue details to be confirmed

31st July – Blackwells Edinburgh. Reading and signing and stuff. 6 pm

I’ll also be at the Tidelines book festival in North Ayrshire in September, and at Bloody Scotland as well. More details nearer the time. I hope to get a bit further afield later in the year, too, but a lot depends on the farming and writing schedules. I’ll be appearing at various fantasy conventions too, around the launch of The Ballad of Sir Benfro in August. More details to follow.

Dead Men’s Bones!

I can’t believe it’s almost July already. I’ve been meaning to post about this for ages, but time has been so short it could get a starring role in the remake of Time Bandits. I’ve been busy writing McLean book five – still searching for a suitable title – and preparing the first three Benfro books for their imminent publication. All very exciting, but even more so is the arrival in all good bookshops of McLean book four – Dead Men’s Bones.

Dead Men's Bones

In celebration of this momentous occasion, there will be a launch party at Waterstones Argyle Street in Glasgow next Thursday, 3rd July. Why Glasgow, I hear you ask? Surely McLean is an Edinburgh cop. Lothian and Borders. Well, in the spirit of the new Police Scotland, the launch can be anywhere. Also they asked nicely if I’d do it there.

Kick off is at 7.00 pm. Tickets are free, but you need to get one so they know how many people are coming. More details here.

If you can’t make it to Glasgow on the 3rd, I’ll be doing a few signings and other appearances soon. Keep an eye out here for more details just as soon as I find the time to post them.

 

World Book Night – April 23rd 2014 – Aberdeen Central Library

In celebration of all things bookish, I will be at the Aberdeen Central Library on World Book Night. There will be fun. There will be games. There will most likely be me rambling on about writing and cows.

Where: Mezzanine Level, Aberdeen Central Library

When: 6 pm kick-off, Wednesday April 23rd 2014

Free, but you need to get tickets so they know how many biscuits will be needed. Contact the library LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk or phone 01224 652547

Musselburgh Library – March 29th 2014

Continuing my push towards world domination, I shall be addressing the good people of Midlothian this coming Saturday. Come listen to my dubious wisdom – there’ll be refreshments, and books.

When: March 29th at 3.30 PM

Where: Musselburgh Library, 10 Bridge Street, Musselburgh EH21 6AG

Details here (scroll down past the Book Bug events)

Tickets are free, but contact the library to let them know you’re coming or there won’t be enough biscuits.

Signings – Saturday March 8 2014

In a triumph of hope over experience, I shall be signing books at Waterstones Kirkcaldy from half twelve until half one on Saturday March 8th. After that, I will be signing books in Waterstones Cameron Toll, Edinburgh, from two until four.

Those with an appreciation of Scottish geography and Edinburgh traffic will understand that I may be a wee bit late at Cameron Toll.

More details can be found here.

Library Event – Kemnay Library – March 11th 2014

Another day, another talk in a library. This time it’s Kemnay’s turn – my first foray north in a while. I’ll be talking about my books, writing, farming, the weather, world politics, pretty much anything, really. There’ll be a chance to ask me probing questions, which I will answer evasively. I might sign stuff, too.

Where: Kemnay Library, Kemnay, Aberdeenshire

When: 7.30 PM

More details here

Library Talk – Kilmarknock – March 6th 2014

I’ll be at the Dick Institute (stop sniggering!) Library in Kilmarnock, on Thursday March 6th 2014, from about half seven until half nine. There’ll be some blether, some reading from the new book, some questions to which I will attempt sensible answers, and the opportunity to buy books. I will also sign these, or anything else you bring along (as long as it’s not a cheque from that cheque book I lost a few months back).

No linky for further details, but you can contact Ayrshire Libraries for more information if date, time and venue are not enough.

Book Signing – Waterstones Perth – Saturday 1st March 2014

I’ll be defacing brand new copies of The Hangman’s Song (and anything else you want to bring along) at Waterstones  in the St John’s Centre in Perth (Scotland, that is. Sorry, Australia – hoping to get out to you soon!)

Saturday 1st March is the day. Come along between midday and two in the afternoon. It’s a farmer’s market day in the fair city too, so bring the family and make a day of it!