Talks in September

UPDATE: Please see the next blog post for new information!

I have several talks coming up in September and October. Here are the dates announced so far, with links to buy tickets:

Saturday 3rd September 4:30-5:30pm – Nairn book festival. I will be ‘in conversation’ with Martin Edwards about Josephine Tey. Martin is the author of many crime novels and books about crime fiction, and the editor of the British Library Crime Classics series. We recently co-authored an article about Josephine Tey and Dorothy L. Sayers, and also worked together to include a ‘new’ Tey story in a recent BL anthology. This looks set to be a really interesting event, and is part of Nairn book festival’s ‘Wine and Crime’ afternoon. For tickets and more information please go to:

Thursday 8th September 2-3pm – National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. I will be presenting a special talk on Josephine Tey’s pen names, to tie in with the current exhibition ‘Pen Names’ at the NLS.

“Josephine Tey may have began life under the name of Elizabeth Mackintosh, but she enjoyed much of her literary success as a writer named Gordon Daviot. In this talk, her biographer, Jennifer Morag Henderson, will also reveal a secret, third pen name, which has been discovered through extensive archival work and access to the Tey family’s private papers. But how and why were these names chosen? Come along to this live, on-site talk at the National Library of Scotland to find out more.” Please go to Eventbrite to book tickets (free):

Sunday 25th September 3:30-4:30pm – Tidelines Book Festival, Irvine. “Mary, Queen of Scots: Beyond the Myth”. A special discussion with Clare Hunter, drawing on my new book “Daughters of the North: Jean Gordon and Mary, Queen of Scots”

“The marriage of Mary to the Earl of Bothwell is notorious. Less well known is his first wife, Jean Gordon, who survived the intrigues of Mary’s court to eventually become Countess of Sutherland. Jennifer Morag Henderson’s ‘Daughters of the North’ follows Jean through blood feuds, clan battles and her disastrous marriage to her lasting legacy to the Earldom of Sutherland. In ‘Embroidering Her Truth’, Clare Hunter explores how the captive Mary used her needlework to smuggle out messages to her followers, putting her at the forefront of a new defiant women’s culture in which women rulers established alternative ways to claim their place on the political stage. Tidelines brings these two intriguing books together to take a sideways look at the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots.”

For more information on Tidelines:

And to book tickets:

I hope to see people at the talks. And watch this space for announcements of more events!

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