News & Events


A Short September Tour

Date Published: 25th September 2023

As the weather starts to change the road beckons and so Alexander McCall Smith travelled from his Edinburgh home to the south and south west of England for a short September tour to meet readers. Where did we go? Alexander – and his publicist Jan Rutherford – started out in the early hours of Thursday […]

New Mma Ramotswe Podcast launched

Date Published: 14th September 2023

Have you ever wanted to know more about Mma Ramotswe’s Botswana? Delve into this exciting new podcast and explore the world of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective, her friends, and her important places. As you listen to the episodes you will be transported between McCall Smith’s fictional world and the true Botswana. You will meet […]

Saltire Lifetime Achievement Award

Date Published: 13th September 2023

After a few months of delay due to his hectic schedule, Alexander McCall Smith has received the Saltire Lifetime Achievement Award from the prestigious Saltire Society. The presentation took place on Saturday at the Society’s HQ in Edinburgh and was attended by many who have been heavily involved in Scottish culture and society over the years. The […]


Alexander McCall Smith in Clevedon with Books on the Hill (UK)

Date: 9 October 2023
Venue: Curzon Cinema, Clevedon
Time: 7.30pm

An evening with Alexander is an event of pure delight. Join the world-famous author and raconteur as he discusses 25 years of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, the latest happenings in the world’s longest running serial novel- 44 Scotland Street, and his new poetry collection, I Think of You. Hosted by Books on the […]

Tea Time at 44 Scotland Street- Alexander McCall Smith at Cheltenham Literature Festival (UK)

Date: 10 October 2023
Venue: Daffodil Restaurant, Cheltenham
Time: 4.00pm

Celebrating at the great Cheltenham Literary Festival. The residents of 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh come to life in Alexander McCall Smith’s gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels. Anna Marshall has ransacked their pages (and cupboards) for her cookbook, so you can eat like your favourite characters. Join them for afternoon tea with a twist in Cheltenham as […]

Alexander McCall Smith event at the Woodstock Bookshop (UK)

Date: 11 October 2023
Venue: The Woodstock Bookshop, 23 Oxford Street, Woodstock, OX20 1TH
Time: 2.00pm

Join Alexander McCall Smith for a special reading and book-signing event at the Woodstock Bookshop. For more information or to pre-order books please visit