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Celebrate with us! The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – 20 years of humanity, kindness, humour, forgiveness and sheer joy

Date Published: 2nd April 2018

A very good reason to celebrate: 2018 is the twentieth anniversary of publication of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith—20 years of delightfully different books, page-after-page of humanity, kindness, humour and forgiveness, and in short, sheer joy. The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series started life as a short story written for friends but took hold […]

Australian response to Alexander McCall Smith’s 2018 visit

Date Published: 15th March 2018

Australian response: Alexander would like to thank all of his readers who came out to meet him on his visit to Dubai for the Emirates Festival and his tour of Australia this month (March 2018), both of which he enjoyed very much indeed. He is very fond of the people of Australia and the land […]

A Poem going down rather well in Australia

Date Published: 11th March 2018

Readers attending Alexander’s events in Dubai and Australia have been taken with a poem he read, The Language of Pilots. This poem is now included in Emirates Literature Festival 10th Anniversary book, For the Love of Words but we are pleased to reproduce it here too. The language of pilots By Alexander McCall Smith   They speak with […]


EIBF- All Aboard! with Alexander McCall Smith & Iain McIntosh (UK)

Date: 12 August 2018
Venue: Spark Theatre on George Street
Time: 12.15pm

Climb aboard and join celebrated Edinburgh author Alexander McCall Smith and illustrator Iain McIntosh as they share the latest exciting adventures of the School Ship Tobermory crew. This time, the team are headed down under to the land of Oz. Set sail for a wonderful hour of storytelling as Alexander also introduces two other exhilarating […]

EIBF- Be Kind While There is Still Time (UK)

Date: 14 August 2018
Venue: Baillie Gifford Main Theatre
Time: 6.45pm

Philip Larkin’s work doesn’t feature in Scotland’s Best Loved Poems, but the subtitle of this event – a line from a Larkin poem – sums up Alexander McCall Smith’s approach. Kindness is a red thread running through his novels’ lively plots, and it’s no wonder they’ve achieved global sales. Today he talks about his latest novels, […]

EIBF- Tumbling Lassie with Alexander McCall Smith (UK)

Date: 15 August 2018
Venue: The Spiegeltent
Time: 6.30pm

A FAREWELL TO SLAVERY? ‘We have no slaves in Scotland…’ This was the conclusion of a 1687 case concerning a travelling showman and a performing gymnast he’d ‘acquired’. It was the first time a Scottish court had rejected slavery. Now, thanks to the work of Alan McLean QC, composer Tom Cunningham and novelist Alexander McCall […]