This week, Ringwood kicked off Book Week Scotland with events on 13th and 14th November – and we’d like to thank you all for joining us, whether it was virtually or in person despite the rather dreich weather!

‘Writing Historical Fiction: Forgotten Voices’ Panel

Our first event this Book Week took place at Typewronger Books in Edinburgh, where we hosted our Historical Fiction panel featuring Ringwood authors Rob McInroy (Bob Kelty historical crime series), L. A. Kristiansen (Raise Dragon), Carol Margaret Davison (Bodysnatcher) and Flora Johnston (What You Call Free). Our audience heard readings from each of our author’s respective historical fictions, before the panel opened up for questions regarding all things writing historical Scottish narratives. Ringwood would like to thank Rob, Flora, Carol and Lynda for attending and offering us insight into the processes behind their writing. We would also like to thank Typewronger for acting as a venue for our event. It was the perfect way for us to kick off Book Week Scotland 2023.

Our authors speaking on their historical fiction before reading from their books.

If you would like to watch this event back at your own leisure, check out the recorded Facebook livestream here. If you would like to browse our author’s historical fiction from the event, you can do so here.

The Bone on The Beach Arlington Baths Launch

Following our historical fiction panel, Ringwood’s second Book Week Scotland event took place in the Arlington Baths Club for the Glasgow launch of The Bone on the Beach by Fiona Gillan Kerr. Thanks to everyone who came along despite the pouring rain, and thanks to the baths for having us! Fiona was joined by Ringwood intern, Rosie, as they discussed the inspirations behind her writing, her connections to Scotland and the Highlands, and the fun of writing ghost stories.

Rosie begins the discussion of The Bone on the Beach with Fiona.

Gaelic student, Ailsa Morgan later joined Fiona to further discuss tragic Highland history, Gaelic phrases, and how the landscape has changed over the last few decades. Thanks to Rosie and Ailsa who did an amazing job leading the discussion alongside Fiona, who then spoiled us with readings from her novel.

Ailsa and Fiona discuss changes to the Highland landscape, and how Fiona captures this in her writing.

Our audience then asked Fiona their questions about ghostly sightings, literary inspirations and how ‘small towns’ can become ‘big hell’ for some.

Fiona reads a thrilling extract from The Bone on the Beach

To watch the launch back at your own leisure, click here. You can grab your own paperback copy of The Bone on the Beach here.

Thanks again for joining us at our events earlier this week! We hope to see you all once more at our final Book Week Scotland event ‘Celebrating Leela Soma and Murder at the Mela this Sunday 19th at Hillhead Library 2pm. Get more information about our final Book Week event here.