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Val McDermid- in association with Dunbar Unplugs and Reads

  • Dunmuir Hotel Queen's Road Dunbar, Scotland, EH42 United Kingdom (map)

In Conversation with Val McDermid 

We are so excited the wonderful Val McDermid is coming to CoastWord.

Val's book Skeleton Road was chosen as one of Dunbar Reads Together Community Books and so this and her fantastic new novel, Out of Bounds will be up for discussion, there will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions as well as time for Val to read from her work. 

This is a great opportunity to be privy to a great chat about writing, writing crime and her famous and much-loved characters. 

Val McDermid 

Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in crime writing. Her novels have been translated into 30 languages, sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Val has created many notable characters such as journalist, Lindsay Gordon; the private investigator, Kate Brannigan; and psychologist, Tony Hill. Her books include three main series: Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, and, beginning in 1995, the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series, the first entry in which, The Mermaids Singing, won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year. The Hill ⁄Jordan series was adapted for the highly successful television drama; Wire in the Blood, starring Robson Green.

In conversation with... 

Lorna Hill 

Val McDermid will be in conversation with Dunbar resident Lorna Hill, who is currently undertaking her PhD research into the role of women in contemporary Scottish and Scandinavian crime fiction with a particular focus on texts written by female authors.


"As part of our year-long project at Dunbar Primary School, we launched our Community Reading Event on Thursday 2nd March.  Four different books chosen to suit from ages 3 years to 90+ will be placed in and around Dunbar.  These will include Doctors Surgery, Railway Station, Public Library, Umberto’s, Hairdressers, Swimming Pool, Local Cafes etc..

We are offering these books to get everyone off their electronic devices and read a book instead!

The four books we have chosen are, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt, ‘Spy Dog’ by Andrew Cope, ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd and ‘Skeleton Road’ by Val McDermid.

Dunbar Primary School wants to say a massive thank you to Sopra Stera who donated money to buy over 120 books.

Should you be in Dunbar and find a book; pick it up and read it and then place it somewhere else so someone else can find and read it.

We really want people who read the books to rate them inside the book or on our twitter page @DunbarPrimary or on our website.  " Helen Gillanders ( Headteacher Dunbar Primary Scho

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