Great con­ver­sa­tion with no­table au­thor

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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.

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