News & Events


Precious Ramotswe – The Rhino

Date Published: 23rd January 2018

To mark the 20th anniversary of publication of  The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and to thank Alexander for increasing world-wide interest in Botswana, the charity Rhino Conservation Botswana are asking fans of the books to help choose a female rhino to carry the Precious Ramotswe name and to be an ambassador for the charity’s work in conservation. They have selected […]

Book now for Early Bird savings on a Belmond/Alexander McCall Smith Safari

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Belmond Journeys in Africa is once again running a literary safari with Alexander McCall Smith. They promise a remarkable seven-day journey and those who have experienced this opportunity in previous years will agree that this magical holiday is not to be missed. Alexander will introduce fellow guests to the Botswana of Precious Ramotswe from his much loved […]

An Interview with Illustrator Iain McIntosh

Date Published: 1st November 2017

Iain McIntosh is the longtime illustrator of the jackets of Alexander McCall Smith’s books. Read on for a Q&A with him about his work and process of working with Alexander.


An Audience with Alexander McCall Smith at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Date: 2 March 2018
Venue: Al Ras 2, InterContinental
Time: 10am-11am

Join us at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature for an hour of mischief, laughter and master storytelling with one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved writers, Alexander McCall Smith. Author of more than 100 books including the internationally bestselling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, 44 Scotland Street and Corduroy Mansions series, McCall Smith was […]

Secrets of a Storyteller: A Masterclass with Alexander McCall Smith at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

Date: 3 March 2018
Venue: Al Waha, InterContinental
Time: 6pm-7.30pm

Alexander McCall Smith, author of more than 100 books including the beloved The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, brings a masterclass in creative writing to Emirates Festival of Literature. In this intimate creative writing masterclass, discover the writing process of this prolific author, his influences and the secrets he has learned over the years about captivating a […]

Alexander McCall Smith to visit Barossa Valley, Australia

Date: 7 March 2018
Venue: Tbc
Time: Tbc

Alexander will visit Chateau Tanunda in the Barossa Valley on his March visit to Australia. We are finalising arrangements. More details will be posted as soon as we have them.