JK Rowling and Val McDermid show their love for Strictly Susan’s Wonder Woman…

Writers JK Rowling and Val McDermid hinted which Strictly Come Dancing contestant has their hearts as they Tweeted their support for Susan Calman’s Wonder Woman performance.

The Scottish comedian delighted the audience, judges and viewers with her performance on the BBC One contest’s movie-themed week on Saturday, dancing the first samba of the series with partner Kevin Clifton.

The Harry Potter author lauded it the best television she has ever seen as Calman swapped the traditional man-woman positions by spinning Clifton on the floor, and the pair included Beyonce’s signature body-pump move.

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Judy Murray to join authors at annual Book Week Scotland…

By BRIAN FERGUSON
Wednesday 04 October 2017

Tennis coach Judy Murray, conservationist John Lister-Kay and cookery guru Sue Lawrence will be among the authors taking part in Scotland’s annual celebration of books and literature. Crime writers Denise Mine, Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride and Christopher Brookmyre are all taking part in Book Week Scotland, the nationwide initiative about to be staged for the sixth time.

Matthew Fitt, the writer who is adapting JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books into Scots, will be giving special readings while a signed copy by the author of the second novel in the series will be auctioned off. The programme will also feature a workshop with former Scots Makar Liz Lochhead and an insight into the career of award-winning author Bernard MacLaverty.

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Killer line-up as Norwich Crime Writing Festival gets underway…

For the fourth year, the cream of the crime writing world is gathering in East Anglia for the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival.

Among those appearing at the festival are Martina Cole from Essex who has written more than two dozen novels, the Scottish crime writer Val McDermid and mystery and suspense writer Anthony Horowitz.

Martina Cole, Anthony Horowitz and Val McDermid are all appearing at the Noriwich Crime Writing Festival.

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