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Alexander McCall Smith on the Penguin Podcast

Date Published: 22nd July 2021

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency author can turn out five novels a year – but there’s one piece of kit he needs, he tells the Penguin Podcast. Few authors are as prolific as Alexander McCall Smith. The creator of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, he has written dozens of novels across eight series, along with children’s […]

Alexander McCall Smith poems to inspire new musical tributes to Edinburgh’s seven hills

Date Published: 12th July 2021

Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith is joining forces with St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh to spearhead a major two-year music, literary and education project inspired by the city’s seven hills. Seven young composers will be creating new musical works inspired by words McCall Smith has penned in tribute to the much-loved landmarks and beauty […]

Alexander McCall Smith Receives Strand Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award

Date Published: 21st June 2021

The Strand Magazine prints previously unpublished works by literary masters such as John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Heller, Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, and H.G.Wells as well as new works of fiction by today’s bestselling authors such as Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Connelly, Joseph Finder and Jeffery Deaver. This year’s Strand Magazine Lifetime Achievement Awards go to […]

A Little Elephant Doing Rather Well (Thanks to You!)

Date Published: 19th May 2021

Last year, we reported on a tiny little elephant rescued by Elephant Havens. They gave the young calf the name ‘Sandy’ and started a dialogue with our own Alexander (‘Sandy’ for short) and with many of you, his readers. Alexander was moved by their wonderful work which found its way into the novel, How to […]

World-famous City author Alexander McCall Smith gets set for Edinburgh Award

Date Published: 25th March 2021

Alexander McCall Smith CBE has been getting ready to receive the prestigious Edinburgh Award 2020. Impressions of the internationally-admired author’s hands have been cast in clay, pictured, by Leigh Bradley of the Colin Braid Stone Workshop, ready to be carved into stone. The handprints will be gilded and laid outside the City Chambers next to the prints […]

Spring Comes, Even This Year – World Poetry Day

Date Published: 19th March 2021

This weekend we mark the Spring Equinox and International Day of Happiness on Saturday (20 March), and World Poetry Day on Sunday (21 March). It has been a tough year since these dates last came round with humanity united by the challenges of a global pandemic and the urgent need for rapid scientific advance that might bring release from […]

My Irreplaceable Other: A Valentine’s Day Poem by Alexander McCall Smith

Date Published: 12th February 2021

Alexander awoke recently with this poem almost fully formed in his mind, as if it came to him in his sleep. He shares it with you today as people across the world celebrate love.

Protecting Baby Elephants in Botswana

Date Published: 26th November 2020

Alexander was delighted to receive word from one of his favourite charities this week, Elephant Havens Wildlife Foundation. Elephant Havens protects and cares for orphaned baby African Elephants in Botswana. They have chosen to name one of their new arrivals ‘Sandy’, after Alexander, and sent through this adorable photo of wee Sandy with his handler Onks. […]

Ten Years to Tell the Story of a Nation

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Ten years to celebrate Scotland. Ten years to bring a dream to fruition. Ten years to reach the new starting point for something incredibly special… This very week, ten years ago, Alexander McCall Smith attended the opening of an exhibition in the city’s Dovecot Studios. The focus of the exhibition was the Prestonpans Tapestry, a […]

Alexander McCall Smith reads two new poems for one of his favourite bookshops

Date Published: 5th November 2020

In a normal year Alexander would have visited many of his favourite bookshops around the world as part of his extremely busy events programme. Sadly, these events are all currently on hold and Alexander is greatly missing his conversations with booksellers, including those at one of his favourite bookshops, Daunt’s in London- not to mention […]

Success in the International Photography Awards

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The category winners and finalists in The International Photography Awards, 2020 have been announced and we are delighted to share the news that one of the photographs is of Alexander at home, taken by photographer Douglas Vernimmen. Douglas was awarded 2nd Place in the Editorial / Press / Personality section of the awards. 13,000 entries from 120 countries around the world were received […]

‘Millions of readers globally have Botswana tucked into their hearts and their minds’

Date Published: 9th October 2020

‘Through your efforts Alexander, millions of readers globally have Botswana tucked into their hearts and their minds‘ – Bogolo Kenewendo, Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Botswana ‘You have packaged the good news that is Botswana and presented it to the world‘ – Bame Moremong, Executive Director of Brand Botswana Alexander was overwhelmed by the warmth of […]