Great conversation with notable author
The Crichton Foundation hosted a very successful evening with Alexander McCall Smith as part of the Crichton Conversation programme recently.
Dame Barbara Kelly, who coordinates the Crichton Conversation series, chatted with Sandy about his work and questioned him about the creation and development of the characters he writes so beautifully.
An audience of two hundred and fifty guests were enthralled by Sandy’s humorous tales of his characters and their trials and tribulations. He also spoke most engagingly about his craft and his (very!) early morning writing routine.
The Crichton Conversations give members of the audience the opportunity to pose questions to the guest speaker.
Sandy addressed lots of queries about his work. The residents of 44 Scotland Street were the subject of much speculation including how and when things might get better for Bertie and the parentage of his brother, Ulysses.
Isabel Dalhousie and Mma Ramotswe were also discussed although Sandy dismissed the notion of any potential collaboration between them.
The evening was sponsored by BDS and staff from Waterstones in Dumfries were on hand for book sales. The event closed with a book signing by Sandy and a glass of wine for the guests.
The next speaker in the Crichton Conversation series will be Allan Little on Tuesday, January 22.
Allan Little is one of Scotland’s most distinguished journalists.
Born and raised in Galloway he was educated at Edinburgh University and joined the BBC in 1983 in Glasgow, moving to London in 1985 to train as a reporter. Allan Little
He joined the Today programme, moving into foreign news in 1989 and his first major assignment was the fall of communism that year.
He reported the Gulf War from Baghdad in 1991, then the war in Yugoslavia from 91-95 and served as BBC Moscow correspondent and then the BBC Paris Correspondent.
He has reported from more than 80 countries, several wars and revolutions as well as natural disasters, the European crisis and led BBC coverage of the Scottish Independence referendum.
Among awards he has won are Reporter of the Year and the Charles Wheeler Award for outstanding contribution to Broadcast Journalism. He is presently chair of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Foundation convenor Mr Andrew Walls said: “We at the Crichton Foundation are very familiar with the importance of conversation.
“Allan’s talk is most appropriately titled for the first Crichton Conversation of 2019. I would be delighted if you would join us for the lecture and the Alexander McCall Smith enjoys book signing with fans Alexander McCall Smith shares a joke with Dame Barbara Kelly
informal conversation over supper afterwards.”
The Easterbrook Hall doors will open at 7pm and the lecture will start at 7.30pm prompt. Supper will be served at 9pm for those who have pre-booked.
Tickets for the lecture cost £6 and all are welcome at the door, students free with valid ID. Supper tickets are £17, including lecture, and must be pre-booked.
Alternatively, early supper may be booked through Neuro’s Restaurant on 01387 702500. Please quote “Crichton Conversations” when booking.