Stratford-on-Avon MP to appear on BBC Question Time…

Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi has been named on the panel for this week’s edition of BBC Question Time.

Mr Zahawi will appear alongside shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, crime writer Val McDermid and assistant editor of the Spectator and Sun newspaper columnist Rod Liddle.

The programme, which is presented by David Dimbleby, will be broadcast live from Newcastle at 10.45pm on Thursday, 16th November.

Mr Zahawi has appeared twice before on the program in March 2014 and October 2015.

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Book Week Scotland announces online events…


BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND has announced its first-ever Virtual Week.
Taking place from 27 November to 3 December, the week will be packed with free, varied digital events.

The Virtual Festival will kick off with Crime Writers Play Cluedo on Monday 27 November.

Revellers can watch bestselling authors Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride and Doug Johnstone pit their knowledge of the criminal mind against each other.
The writers will also discuss their own plots and favourite ‘whodunits’.

Highlights of the programme also include a live Q&A with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon all about her love of reading, taking place on Tuesday 28th November.
Members of the public can submit their questions via Book Week Scotland’s (@BookWeekScot) Twitter. Follow the Q&A by searching for #FMBookChat.

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Top speakers at Tayside, Central and Fife shrieval conference…

October 30, 2017


Sheriffs from across Tayside, Central Scotland and Fife attended a shrieval conference held at Dundee University’s Department of Anatomy on Friday to hear top speakers.

In addition to dealing with sheriffdom business, the conference heard fascinating talks by Professor Sue Black on forensic anthropology and best-selling crime author Val McDermid  who reflected on the ‘price’ that all involved in the justice system pay  — from victims, accused, police officers, various experts and judges drawing on her novels and journalistic experience.

Professor Black also provided a tour of her world class forensic labs and Sheriff Alastair Brown addressed the issue of ‘First Diets – Are we meeting expectations?’

Conference organiser Sheriff James Williamson said: “We received very encouraging feedback on the conference. Speakers of a very high calibre delivered fascinating and informative insights. I would like to thank Professor Sue Black and Sheriff Lindsay Foulis for their assistance in organising the event and all of the speakers for their excellent contributions.”

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