Book Festival

25 Years of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency- Alexander McCall Smith at Wimbledon Book Festival (UK)

Date: 14 October 2023
Venue: Baillie Gifford Auditorium (Wimbledon High School)
Time: 6.30pm

Celebrating in Wimbledon, London Alexander McCall Smith’s much loved character Precious Ramotswe first came to life on the pages of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency 25 years ago. Join us as we celebrate this global success. Alexander gives us insights into his writing career and a glimpse of the many series that have been published in the […]

Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris at Hay Festival – UK event

Date: 1 June 2018
Venue: Tata Tent, Hay Festival, Hay on Wye
Time: 1.00pm

Join Alexander McCall Smith at Hay Festival. The prolific Edinburgh novelist discusses the joys and travails of writing fiction—plotting, voice, tone and humour—with his fellow crime-writer SJ Parris. His books, in numerous series including No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Isabel Dalhousie and 44 Scotland Street, have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, in 46 languages. Hay Festival: Imagine the World runs […]

An Audience with Alexander McCall Smith at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature – Event change. 8.00pm 3 March

Date: 3 March 2018
Venue: Al Baraha 1, InterContinental
Time: 8pm

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT will now take place at 8.00pm on Saturday 3rd March. This change is due to heavy snowfalls in Edinburgh which have delayed Alexander’s departure. Sadly, much of the UK has ground to a halt over the last few days as sub-zero temperatures and blizzards have hit the country. Alexander sends his […]

Secrets of a Storyteller: Masterclass with Alexander McCall Smith

Date: 3 March 2018
Venue: Al Waha, InterContinental
Time: 6pm

  Alexander McCall Smith, author of more than 100 books including the beloved The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, brings a masterclass in creative writing to Emirates Festival of Literature. In this intimate creative writing masterclass, discover the writing process of this prolific author, his influences and the secrets he has learned over the years about captivating […]

Byron Writers’ Festival welcomes Alexander McCall Smith

Date: 9 March 2018
Venue: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay
Time: 6.00pm

Byron Writers’ Festival is delighted to invite you along to a special evening with the creator of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and author of over 100 books, Alexander McCall Smith. Hear first-hand about the people, places and events that have inspired one of the world’s most prolific and most popular writers. Alexander McCall Smith will appear […]

Alexander McCall Smith at Oxford Literary Festival (UK)

Date: 26 March 2017
Venue: Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford Literary Festival
Time: 4.00pm

One of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors, Alexander McCall Smith, talks about his life and work at Oxford Literary Festival. About Alexander McCall Smith McCall Smith worked for many years as a professor of medical law before turning his hand to writing. Publication of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency turned him into a […]