Revisiting the Jacobites – The History Behind the History

On Thursday 12th October, from 18.30 – 20.00 (doors open 18.15), I’ll be one of a panel addressing different aspects of the 1745 Jacobite Rising at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. I’ll be talking about the women I wrote about in Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ’45, Arran Johnston will be talking about the Battle of Prestonpans, about which he’s just published a book, On Gladsmuir Shall the Battle Be, and Professor Robert Dunbar will be talking about Gaelic language and culture and the suppression of those after Culloden. There will be a panel discussion and Q & A with the audience after our brief presentations. It’s sure to be a lively debate, this is such contested history. More information and how to get tickets from the NMS website.





Twenty Years of Damn Rebel Bitches: Event at NTS Culloden

On Saturday 30th September, I’ll be in conversation about Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ’45 with my friend and colleague Lin Anderson, founder of the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival and award-winning author of the Rhona MacLeod series.

The event starts at the NTS visitor centre at Culloden at 1.30 pm, doors open 1 pm. Book your ticket here. I understand they’re going fast!






Upcoming Events in 2017

20th May 2017 at Aviemore Highland Resort, Outlandish UK Gathering

Delighted to be speaking to #Outlander fans at their 2017 gathering in the Highlands, organized by @Outlandish_UK.

I’m doing two events on Saturday 20th May. In the morning, I’ll be speaking about some of the real people who played their parts in those interesting times and who feature in my two non-fiction books on Jacobite history, Damn Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ’45 and Bare-Arsed Banditti: The Men of the ’45. 

In the afternoon, I’m hosting a wee Jacobite afternoon tea party. Tea played a crucial role in the Rising of 1745, even if one prominent Scotsman back then described it as a “vile drug and a contemptible beverage.” Or maybe because he did!





Talks & Book Signings Summer 2016

Nairn Bookshop, Friday 17th June 2016 at 7-8.30 pm.

I’ll be talking about my writing life and my books, non-fiction and novels.

Books will be available for sale on the night and I’ll be delighted to sign them. Free entry and refreshments will be served.

Nairn Bookshop 01667 455528

NTS Visitor Centre, Culloden Moor, Saturday 2nd July 2016 from 1-2 pm, doors open at 12.45.

Staying True to the Past: Weaving Fiction from Fact

This talk is part of a series looking at how Culloden and the ’45 have inspired so many writers to tell stories around the events of 1745-46. As someone who has written both fact and fiction on the subject, I’ll also be looking at how one genre can inspire the other.

Booking is advised: NTS Culloden /01463 796090

Waterstones, George Street, Oban, Saturday 9th July at 2 pm.

I’ll be signing books and chatting informally in the lovely West Highland seaside town and ferry port of Oban, which has breath-taking views out over beautiful Oban Bay.

Further information from Waterstones in Oban on 01631 571455

Waterstones, Eastgate Centre, Inverness, Saturday 13th August at 2 pm.

Another book signing, this time in the fair city of Inverness.

Further information from Waterstones in Inverness on 01463 233500

And I think these will keep me busy for the next wee while. 




Meet the Author



Saturday 12th March 2016, 2-4 pm.

Meet the authors and enjoy a delicious Vintage Tea Party with Maggie Craig and her friend and colleague Aline Templeton, author of the DI Marjory Fleming crime mysteries. The event takes place at the historic Portsoy Salmon Bothy.

Tickets including tea and scrumptious goodies cost £10 and are available from the Portsoy Ice Cream Shop on Seafield Street or telephone 01261 843 455.

Also appearing over the weekend of the festival are McNicol and Jackson, authors of Badger the Mystical Mutt (children’s event); Keith Hewitt, whisky expert, who will be talking about the true story behind Whisky Galore; and former First Minister Alex Salmond MP, who will be talking about his political memoir, The Dream Shall Never Die.

Book Week Scotland 2015


I’m delighted to be taking part once again in Book Week Scotland, a country-wide celebration of books and the written word.

This year I’m at Alford Library in Aberdeenshire for a Meet the Author event and hosting a table at a Readers’ Dinner in Kirkcaldy organized by Fife Libraries.  See below for more details and how to book.

Meet the Author, Alford Library, Aberdeenshire:

Saturday 21st November, 2.30 pm.

Readers’ Dinner, Adam Smith College, Kirkcaldy:

Friday 27th November 2015, 6.30 pm.


Creative Writing Masterclass at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

Really looking forward to leading a workshop on writing fiction at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness on Thursday 12th March from 7 pm to 9 pm. It’s a bonus to be doing so in one of my favourite cities. I’m at the Eden Court as part of a series of classes led by different writers. You can check us all out here:

Eden Court Creative Writing Masterclasses



Book Week Scotland 2014 & Love Letters to Libraries

I had a lovely time during Book Week Scotland which runs through the last week in November. I gave talks in a couple of Aberdeenshire’s Libraries, including New Pitsligo and Balmedie.  There was a great turn-out at both and some really interesting questions.


New Pitsligo was a very appropriate place to talk about the gallant Lord Pitsligo of the 1745 Jacobite Rising as he lived near there. A loyal supporter of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites, Alexander Forbes was also a scholar and a gentleman and an enthusiastic advocate of education for girls and women. Check out my brief blogpost on him: Lord Pitsligo


The organizers of Book Week Scotland are the Scottish Book Trust, who are a very lively bunch, always looking for ways to promote reading. One brilliant idea they had this year was to ask writers and readers to send a love letter to their local libraries. This initiative really caught the imagination and there are some wonderful examples on here.

Write a love letter to your library

Here’s my contribution: Love Letter to Libraries


Book Week Scotland 2014 – Rebels & Romance


I’ll be speaking at two libraries in Aberdeenshire during this year’s Book Week Scotland.  At these events I’ll be concentrating on my non-fiction and novels on the Jacobites of 1745 and talking about my research, inspiration and passion for the subject.

Monday 24th November, New Pitsligo Library, 2.30-4.00 pm.

Thursday  27th November, Balmedie Library, 7.00-8.30 pm.


More information on these free, ticketed events here:
Book Week Scotland 2014 – Rebels & Romance