Journey to the Heart of Africa with Alexander McCall Smith

Date Published: 19th December 2016

Belmond Safaris are once again offering an exclusive experience, a 6 night stay at the Belmond Botswana Lodges, Africa with Alexander McCall Smith. They are offering guests the chance to share in his memories and personal experiences of his beloved Botswana, as he regales tails around the fire and over sundowner drinks while enjoying a wide […]

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 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. […]

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

Date Published: 30th September 2016

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 […]

A Breakfast with Alexander McCall Smith in Palo Alto (US)

Date: 13 October 2016
Venue: Crown Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Time: 7.30 am

Join us at the One from the Heart Breakfast Alexander McCall Smith, one of the world’s best known writers, will be the keynote speaker at Pathways Home Health and Hospice “One from the Heart Awards Breakfast.” Reserve your tickets now at This event has now closed but you can read about it here in an […]

What is Alexander McCall Smith reading this Summer?

Date Published: 15th August 2016

Find out in the Observer’s Best Holiday Reads as Alexander selects his books to pack for Summer reading.