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A Poem for Troubled Times

Date Published: 19th March 2020

These are very difficult times for so many. I have been very touched by the messages that I have received from readers, many of whom are isolated now and are renewing their friendship with Mma Ramotswe and the others. I have written a poem especially for this moment. It comes to you with my warmest wishes, and my hope that you are keeping well. AMcS

UK Tour Cancelled

Date Published: 18th March 2020

It is with great regret that Alexander has has asked us to put up this post today. We have been closely following the developing Coronavirus situation and wish to observe the recommendations of the Scottish health authority, in particular the discouragement of people attending public gatherings. We feel that it would be inappropriate to tour […]

Train ride to the Tapestry

Date Published: 27th February 2020

Alexander’s UK Publicist, Jan Rutherford, visits the site for the new Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre.


*CANCELLED* Shoreham Wordfest (Shoreham, UK)

Date: 22 May 2020
Venue: The Shoreham Centre
Time: 7.30pm

Join master storyteller Alexander McCall Smith for a special Shoreham Wordfest evening of sheer delight. 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, […]

*CANCELLED* 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 […]

*CANCELLED* An evening with the Yellow Lighted Bookshop (Tetbuty, UK)

Date: 24 May 2020
Venue: Tetbury Goods Shed
Time: 6.00pm

Celebrating three new hardbacks:  the second in the new Detective Varg series set in Sweden, the latest instalment in the Isabel Dalhousie series as well as a new stand alone book, Pianos and Flowers – you are invited to an evening with author Alexander McCall Smith. Tickets and full information here.