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Celebrating Christmas with the BBC

Date Published: 13th December 2016

In a week long celebration of Christmas, Alexander offers readers and listeners a Christmas treat to cherish. Christmas at the BBC Alexander has written five original Christmas short stories for the BBC, to be broadcast from 19-23 December, 2016. Listen live at 10.45pm (UK) on BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime  or catch up online on […]

Alexander McCall Smith at Valvona & Crolla

Date Published: 12th December 2016

Alexander McCall Smith delighted readers with an entertaining after dinner conversation with writer, historian and expert on all things Tuscany, Alistair Moffat, at Valvona & Crolla’s VinCaffe in Edinburgh. The meal featured dishes inspired by food mentioned in Alexander’s Scotland Street books: ‘Unbearably light scones’ with Dunbar smoked salmon; ‘Tuscan black Pecorino’ with V& C honey; and olives ‘the […]

On Safari in Botswana–Journey to the heart of the country

Date Published: 21st November 2016

Alexander McCall Smith met readers in Botswana last week on a safari organised by Belmond travel. The writer of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency led a special tour with Belmond Safaris, taking in three luxury lodges–each located in a completely different ecosystem. The six-night itinerary – titled ‘Journey to the Heart of Botswana with Alexander McCall Smith’ – […]

Alexander on the airwaves in South Africa

Date Published: 17th November 2016

Alexander McCall Smith interviewed in South Africa.

‘It seemed like his life is just a series of stories’– Alexander McCall Smith visits Houghton

Date Published: 1st November 2016

Alexander McCall Smith visits Houghton College for an hour long Q&A session.

Alexander McCall Smith in Belgrade, Serbia

Date Published: 27th October 2016

The 61st International Belgrade Book Fair is taking place this week and Alexander is meeting readers there on Sunday, from 3.00pm until 5.00pm (the Fair is open from 10.00am until 9.00pm over the weekend). Belgrade is the capital and largest city in Serbia. For information on how to get to the Fair visit their website here. […]

Alexander McCall Smith Meets 101 Year Old Reader

Date Published: 19th October 2016

When Alexander McCall Smith spoke at an event with Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, California (13 October, 2016) he came face-to-face with a reader who was 101 years old. Her name was Elise Martin and Alexander went down from the stage to chat to her in the question time. She had read six of his […]

Alexander McCall Smith in conversation with James Naughtie

Date Published: 30th September 2016

Tune in for a Meet the Author treat! James Naughtie talks to Alexander McCall Smith about his latest writing on the BBC World News programme, Meet the Author. This interview was recorded in London and talks about writing the latest novel in The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series as well as goings on in 44 Scotland […]

50 years of Independence in Botswana—Alexander McCall Smith on the BBC

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Botswana celebrates 50 Years of Independence today, 30 September 2016, and Alexander McCall Smith has been talking on the BBC about the success of the country and his love for the people of Botswana. He wrote a short conversation between Precious and Grace to mark the anniversary of independence and read it on BBC World Service […]

Botswana celebrates 50 years of Independence

Date Published: 28th September 2016

Precious Ramotswe is to help Botswana celebrate 50 years of independence. Alexander McCall Smith has written a short piece for the BBC, in the words of Precious Ramotswe and in celebration of her country as the people of Botswana celebrate 50 years of independence. This piece will be broadcast on the morning of 30 September […]

Scotland Street Coffee is making a difference

Date Published: 22nd September 2016

On 30th March 2016 there was an official launch of the Mamie Martin Fund’s agreement with Brodies, the well-known coffee and tea merchant based in Edinburgh. Brodies have very kindly and generously offered to market Malawian coffee and transfer profits from the sales of the coffee to the Mamie Martin Fund. Alexander McCall Smith, whose […]

Raising a glass at Berry Bros and Rudd

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A toast to Berry Bros Last week, Alexander McCall Smith spoke to a gathering of wine enthusiasts at the home of the oldest wine and spirit merchant in Britain. The company, Berry Bros and Rudd, was founded in 1698 and is still owned by the original family, operating from the same historic site in London’s […]