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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The Strand Magazine prints previously unpublished works by literary masters such as John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Heller, Mark Twain, Tennessee Williams, and H.G.Wells as well as new works of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 […]


Alexander McCall Smith at Wigtown Book Festival (UK)

Date: 25 September 2021
Venue: Wigtown Parish Church
Time: 4.00pm

Alexander McCall Smith hit lockdown with pen in hand and has not stopped writing since – so if you are ready for an hour of good cheer, laughter and uplifting conversation join us as he talks about his latest stand-alone novel and a new volume in the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. The Pavilion in the […]

Alexander McCall Smith at Shoreham Wordfest (UK)

Date: 30 September 2021
Venue: Sussex Yacht Club
Time: 7.00pm

Join master storyteller Alexander McCall Smith, live from his home in Edinburgh, as he virtually welcomes you to Shoreham Wordfest. The delightful raconteur will bring you up to date on the latest news from Mma Ramotswe and her No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana, the new goings on at 44 Scotland Street, and he […]

Alexander McCall Smith at Henley Literary Festival (UK)

Date: 8 October 2021
Venue: Baillie Gifford Marquee
Time: 6.30pm

After selling 40 million books, the much- loved author comes to Henley. The Joy and Light Bus Company is the latest edition in the The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series as Mma Ramotswe faces a new mystery that is trickier than it first appears.The chance to hear from a bestselling novelist and former University of […]