Crime wave is set to sweep Fort Wil­liam

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

CRIME writ­ers will be hik­ing from Fort Wil­liam to Glen­coe to mark an in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val – and to get their creative juices flow­ing.

Christo­pher Brook­myre along with Doug John­stone, Craig Robert­son, Gor­don J Brown and Matt Ben­doris are mark­ing the ‘Bloody Scot­land’ fes­ti­val by ap­pear­ing at Fort Wil­liam Li­brary on June 10 at 7.30pm.

The authors will also take on the Caledo nian Chal­lenge, ‘The 24’, hike from Fort Wil­liam to Glen­coe in cel­e­bra­tion of the 2016 pro­gramme. Chris Brook­myre, who is a best-sell­ing au­thor, said: ‘It started off with a ca­sual sug­ges­tion just be­fore Christ­mas and some­how I seem to be do­ing it. I do a lot of walk­ing while I’m work­ing on a book, so I’m hop­ing that clock­ing up 24 miles against spec­tac­u­lar back­drops pro­vides a lot of fuel for the creative en­gine. As we head to­wards the fin­ish line in Glen­coe, we will be pass­ing through one of 17th- cen­tury Scot­land’s most no­to­ri­ous crime scenes.’ Staff at Lochaber Li­braries say they have been try­ing to pin down Christo­pher for an event since the Read Lochaber Fes­ti­val in 2014 and this has fit­ted in per­fectly, with the added bonus of four more pop­u­lar crime authors drop­ping by too. Amy McDougall, net­work li­brar­ian, said: ‘ We’re very ex­cited to be host­ing a Bloody Scot­land event in Fort Wil­liam Li­brary. It re­ally is a coup for Lochaber. ‘Crime nov­els are some of our most pop­u­lar items and we are very lucky to have five of the best names in Scot­tish crime fic­tion hold­ing an event in Fort Wil­liam Li­brary.’ Tick­ets will be avail­able from ev­ery Lochaber Li­brary and are on a first come, first served ba­sis. For more in­for­ma­tion drop into your lo­cal li­brary or phone Fort Wil­liam Li­brary on 01397 702553.

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