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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Rebus author Ian Rankin fears global crises turn readers off nitty-gritty novels…

The author – whose 21 books have sold millions of copies worldwide – said bad news was killing them off.
The rise of Donald Trump, terrorist attacks and mass shootings have left people yearning for “kind and gentle” books, he claimed.

The writer is on a global tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his famous fictional detective John Rebus.
But he said the bleakness of events worldwide was changing readers’ habits.
The 57-year-old author said: “Right now, the world seems so crazy and irrational that many novelists have difficulty trying to shape it into a coherent narrative.

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