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Val Mcdermid investigates the finest criminal minds

The Big Issue – Saturday 15 July 2013

Val McDermid discusses the crime fiction genre – ahead of chairing Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival


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Online Interview (in German): Val talks to Alexandra Plath – www.droemer-knaur.de – July 2013


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My Secret Life: Val McDermid, 57, author

 The Independent Magazine – Saturday 27 October 2012

‘I wanted to be Joni Mitchell’ – Things you might not know about Val…


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Interview with Val – Manchester Evening News – 13 October 2012

Val is interviewed in Saturday’s Weekend supplement of the Manchester Evening News


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Val featured for ‘My Favourite Teacher’ – 05 October 2012

One teacher knew the author wanted to go to Oxford, so he helped her by offering up his free time and his library.

Times Educational Supplement Scotland 


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Val is interviewed on The Morning Show Global Toronto – 01 October 2012

Val is busy promoting her new book The Vanishing Point in the US and Canada.


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Profile interview with Val – 15 September 2012

Val looks beyond The Vanishing Point

The Herald


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‘Friday Night, Saturday Morning’ – 14 September 2012

Author Val McDermid Takes a Breath of Fresh Air

The Scottish writer talks to The Wall Street Journal Europe about how she starts her weekend.

Wall Street Journal Europe


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“I’m the poster girl for violence.” Profile interview with Val – 1 September 2012

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The Times, Saturday Review



Online video interview with Val and Sue Black in Edinburgh – 20 August 2012

Crime writer Val McDermid, best known for creating Wire in the Blood detective Carol Jordan and criminal psychologist Tony Hill, and Professor Sue Black, of the University of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, talk to Xan Brooks about dismemberment, their bid to make forensic science more accessible, and their Million for a Morgue project – which includes a killer cookbook


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Val talks to The Journal – 26 March 2012

SCOTTISH-born Val McDermid is one of the UK’s leading crime writers and has a home in Alnmouth on the Northumberland coast…


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Val talks to Savidge Reads – 01 March 2012

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with the lovely Val McDermid for a good long coffee and catch up thanks to the joys of twitter and knowing she was in the vicinity…


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An Exclusive Interview – Harrogate International Festival – 16 November 2011

During the madness and mayhen that was the 2011 Festival, journalist Sonia Kilvington caught up with international bestselling crime writer Val McDermid, whose novels featuring clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan have sold millions of copies worldwide.


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Val in Paris – 22 April 2011

An interview Val did with Bernard Lehut on French radio (external link – audio)


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Chiller-thriller writer tackles Oxford – 23 September 2010

From the Oxford Times: Thriller writer Val McDermid has a soft spot for Oxford. It is the setting for her latest blood-thirsty novel Trick of the Dark, and she says her time as a student here in the 1970s left her with a love of detective fiction.


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Niche Off The Leash – 12 September 2010

Val McDermid on progress in lesbian fiction

A decade ago, she was told that writing a novel with a lesbian theme would be ‘commercial suicide’. Now, gay writers are mainstream. Here, Val McDermid charts the cultural shift that began with Radclyffe Hall


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First Tuesday Book Club – 12 September 2010

Val takes part in a discussion about Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird (external link – audio)


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Scotsman.com – 04 September 2010

Val McDermid tells David Robinson how a sexual awakening at Oxford helped define her life as a writer


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The Perception of Crime Fiction – 10 January 2010

Val talks to Julian Maynard-Smith from crimetime.co.uk about crime fiction.


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