News & Events


Your Chance to add a stitch to the Great Tapestry of Scotland

Date Published: 6th February 2020

Members of the public are being offered the chance to contribute a stitch to welcome panels to go on show at the new permanent home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland. The seed of the idea for the Great Tapestry of Scotland came from Alexander McCall Smith. He shared his dream with historian Alistair Moffat and artist Andrew Crummy and, […]

Alexander McCall Smith to Headline Cunard’s Literature Festival at Sea 

Date Published: 23rd January 2020

Cunard’s Literature Festival at Sea is a seven-night Transatlantic Crossing, which departs out of Southampton on December 1 and arrives in New York on December 8, 2020. The event, curated by the programming team at Cheltenham Literature Festival, will bring together some of the most renowned names in the literary world. The voyage will be headlined […]

A Christmas Eve Poem from Alexander McCall Smith

Date Published: 24th December 2019

This Christmas Eve, whether you are spending it surrounded by family and friends, or quietly reflecting on Christmases past…   Take a moment- Turn on the sound. Sit back. And enjoy.   Merry Christmas, from Alexander McCall Smith to you.


A Celebration of A Writing Life and Honorary Fellowship at Oxford Literary Festival

Date: 3 April 2020
Venue: Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
Time: 4.00pm

One of the world’s most prolific novelists Alexander McCall Smith talks about a writing life that has seen him publish more than 80 books. After this event, he will receive the honorary fellowship of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival. McCall Smith became a household name with the publication of his series The No 1 […]

Alexander McCall Smith at Charleston Festival (Lewes, UK)

Date: 23 May 2020
Venue: Charleston Trust, Firle, West Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL
Time: 12.30pm

Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and popular authors. Following the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, McCall Smith has seen his books translated into over forty-six languages. These include the 44 Scotland Street and Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series, the Corduroy Mansions series, and the new Detective Varg series. On the release of ‘The Talented Mr […]

Alexander McCall Smith in Penarth with Griffin Books (Wales, UK)

Date: 25 May 2020
Venue: All Saints Church, Victoria Square, Penarth
Time: 11.30am

Join master storyteller Alexander McCall Smith for this very special Bank Holiday event. Listen as he recounts the latest goings on with Mma Ramostwe and her friends in Botswana as he brings you up to date with the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, giggle at the exploits of Detective Ulf Varg in Sweden, and escape to […]