Quartet of leading authors take New Year road to Moray

Sara Sheridan leads a number of leading Authors to Moray
Sara Sheridan heads a number of leading Authors to Moray

THE WELCOME GIVEN to some of the UK’s top authors when visiting Moray during Book Week has sparked a series of special visits to Libraries throughout the region early in this new year.

First to call in will be Sara Sheridan, who is set to visit Fochabers Library on Tuesday, February 16.

Scottish author Sara enjoyed success with her first book, Truth or Date, which entered the Sunday Times top 50 when published in 1998. Following several more works of commercial contemporary fiction, she switched to historical fiction – with her ‘Mirabelle Bevan’ mysteries currently in development by Scottish Television.

The following week at Aberlour Library on February 23, Ajay Close will visit. Ms Close is both a novelist and dramatist, with her first work, Official and Doubtful, listed for the Orange prize. The former journalist went on to produce several plays including one about Scots poet William Soutar that toured the nation in 2012 and was revived at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014.  Her latest work, A Petrol Scented Spring, was published in September and it is expected that she will read extracts from that when visiting Moray.

On February 23, Keith Library will receive a visit from Denise Mina, who is author of the highly acclaimed DI Alex Morrow series of novels.

These have been adapted for television by the BBC for the Field of Blood series, which was first broadcast in 2011. Her work also includes adapting the work of Steig Larsson – including ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, as graphic novels for DC Comics.

Finally on Tuesday, March 15 Cullen Library will enjoy a visit from Scottish crime author Alex Gray, creator of the Detective Lawrence series of books, the most recent of which is Keep the Midnight Out.

Tickets are required for each of the visits but are free of charge. Contact for tickets are 01343 821434 for Fochabers, 01340 871693 for Aberlour, 01542 882223 for Keith and 01542 841140 for Cullen.