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Christopher Brookmyre

  • Dunmuir Hotel 11 Newhouses Terrace, Queens Road Dunbar Scotland (map)

The celebrated Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre, is coming to CoastWord to discuss his new novel with local crime writer, Nigel Bird, Christopher will also be reading from his new book and answering questions from the audience.   

Christopher Brookmyre 

Christopher Brookmyre is the author of eighteen published novels to-date, the latest being Dead Girl Walking.

In 2006 Christopher won the seventh Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction with All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses An Eye and, as is tradition, a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig was named after the winning novel.

On accepting the award, Christopher said:

“My favourite PG Wodehouse quote is ‘It is seldom difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine’; today I’d like to think that I resemble the ray of sunshine.”

Quite Ugly One Morning was the winner of the Critics’ First Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel of the Year in 1996.

The short story “Bampot Central” was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Macallan Short Story Dagger in 1997.

Boiling a Frog won the Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective Novel in 2000 and Christopher became the only writer to win two Sherlocks when Be My Enemy picked up the 2004 prize.

In 2007, Christopher was given the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing.

Christopher has been shortlisted three times for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award: in 2007 for All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye, in 2008 for A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil and in 2012 for Where The Bodies Are Buried.

In 2005 Christopher was named Young Alumus of the Year by the University of Glasgow. He has subsequently been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Glasgow and by Edinburgh Napier University.

Christopher’s Wikipedia entry is here.

Nigel Bird 

From East Lothian Courier...

HIS day job is providing a bright future for hundreds of fresh-faced Tranent youngsters as a teacher at Sanderson's Wynd Primary School.

But away from the classroom, Nigel Bird has had murder, revenge and dog-fighting on his mind for the past year - writing a dark and gritty tale set in the seedy underbelly of Tranent.

His flights of fancy have earned Nigel, 46, a nomination an award from a top publishing magazine and an endorsement by two of Scotland's leading crime writers, Ian Rankin and Allan Guthrie.

Spinetingler Magazine has short-listed Nigel's Tranent-based novella, 'Smoke', published by Trestle Press, as one of 10 nominees for its 'Best Novella 2011' award. The piece is the first novella by Mr Bird, who has written a number of short stories, and has received high praise from Mr Rankin, who described Smoke as "grim but really good".

The tagline for the novella states: "People from Tranent aren't called 'the Belters' for nothing. It didn't take Carlo Salvino long to find that out the first time around and, now he's out of the hospital, he's all set for revenge. The Ramsay brothers, on the other hand, are keen to rise up in the world and get the hell out of town. They gather all their hopes in the one basket, 'The Scottish Open' dog-fighting tournament."

Nigel, a Support for Learning teacher at Sanderson's Wynd for the past seven years, told the Courier: "I'm a teacher in Tranent so I've spent a lot of time walking the streets of the town, getting to know it and the people who live there. It can be a hard place and it's the perfect setting for crime writing.

"Smoke started off as a novel but in the end it was cut back as it wasn't really working in that format. I've a number great mentors, including Allan Guthrie, who has given me a lot of advice and guidance.

"I didn't do any research for the story except to look into the 1797 Massacre of Tranent after being inspired by the statue (of Jackie Crookston, one of the people killed) in Civic Square."

Smoke is a spin-off from a short story by Nigel, also set in Tranent, entitled 'An Arm And A Leg', first published by 'Crimespree Magazine' and later in 'The Mammoth Best British Crime Stories 8' Another recent accomplishment by the married dad-of-three, who lives in Dunbar. 

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