Thursday, 27 March 2008

Desert Island Books

As part of the Tartan Week celebrations, the East Lothian Public Library Service are hosting an evening of 'Desert Island Books'. Well known, award winning, local author Peter Kerr chairs a panel of leading Scottish writers and celebrities:

Alistair Moffat - formerly Director of the Edinburgh fringe and Director of programmes for Scottish Television; mastermind behind the hugely successful Borders Book Festival; author of the Reivers - major TV tie in for the recent TV series and The Wall (as in Hadrian's) - another six-part networked TV series to be presented by Alistair and Paralympic gold medallist Dame Tannie Grey-Thompson, due for broadcast next month.

Gillian Galbraith - until recently Gillian was an advocate specialising in medical negligence cases and was the legal correspondent for the Scottish Farmer magazine, as well as writing on legal matters for the Times. 'Blood on the Water' is the first in a new crime series featuring Detective Alice Rice and set around Edinburgh. She has drawn on her professional experience as an advocate and has already attracted much praise for her debut novel.

David Robinson - Literary editor of the Scotsman. David has interviewed so many writers and read even more books, I have no idea how he can possibly come up with just three choices. He reckons that the books that have made the most impact on him, certainly wouldn't be the same as his favourite, and almost definitely wouldn't be the same as the ones he'd take to the desert island!

You'll have to wait until Monday to find out what Peter, and all the other panellists, choose in the end.

Tickets cost just £5.00 and are available from any East Lothian Public Library. A glass of wine or soft drink, crisps, olives and oatcakes and cheese are included in the ticket price and there will be a break during the evening to allow the audience to replenish their glasses at the hotel bar.

Hope to see you there!

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