14th – 30th August 2021 – Edinburgh International Book Festival – click for details

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Date: Friday 14th – 30th August 2021

Val will be taking part in various events over the Edinburgh Book Festival including:


Sunday 15 Aug 13:00 – 14-00: Pat Nevin with Val McDermid: Scottish Football’s Indie Star
Nevin has earned his place as one of the smartest and most perceptive football pundits in the business. Join him for a blether with Val McDermid, covering Hibs, nights out at the Hacienda and the Happy Mondays.

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Monday 16 Aug 14.30 – 15.30: Robin Robertson & Tim Robertson: Spirits of Scotland
…In her introduction, writer Val McDermid eulogises the poems ‘whose images stick in our heads as if glued in place with drying blood.’ In this event introduced by Jenny Brown, Robin performs his characteristically dark readings from the book while Tim Robertson creates accompanying drawings live on stage, his work unfolding on a large screen while Robin performs.

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Monday 16 Aug 20.30 – 21.30: Jed Mercurio & Prasanna Puwanarajah: The Bionic Policeman
Bionic Man for the digital age – who is about to be decommissioned after decades working in deep space. But as DS-5 returns to our solar system there is a mysterious explosion and his pod crashes on Titan. There, he becomes embroiled in the investigation of a mass murder, but it is a race against time as his ageing tech begins to fail. Join Mercurio and Puwanarajah for a crazy journey into the far reaches of their imagination as they talk to celebrated and bestselling Scottish crime writer Val McDermid.

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Thursday 19 Aug 14.30 – 15.30: Val McDermid: The Winter of Our Discontent
The fan club for Val McDermid’s books just keeps growing – lapping up each new novel featuring either DCI Karen Pirie or Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. But whether you’re an old hand or new to McDermid’s work, there’s something special this August. 1979  kicks off her first new series for twenty years, and she launches it at the Book Festival.

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Thursday 19 Aug 20.30 – 22.00: Doug Johnstone, Val McDermid, Ambrose Parry & Mary Paulson-Ellis: Summer Crime Wave
A few months ago there was a minor storm in the Twitterverse when a group of Scottish authors realised their books would all be published on more or less the same day in August. How could we ignore this explosion of Scottish crime writing? Today we’re bringing them together on stage to raise a toast to the new books by Doug Johnstone, Val McDermid, Mary Paulson-Ellis and Ambrose Parry (otherwise known as Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman).

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Sunday 29 Aug 16.00 – 17.00: Abir Mukherjee with Val McDermid: Calcutta on the Brink
Mukherjee joins us today as he looks forward to the publication of book five, The Shadows of Men, about the murder of a Hindu theologian in 1920s Calcutta. In this event, he tells fellow author Val McDermid about living in Scotland but writing about India, his desire to pay tribute to Agatha Christie, and his process of planning the Wyndham and Banerjee mysteries.

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