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. 




Always a thrill to see my books on the shelf

It’s always a thrill to see my books on the shelves, especially when I’m in such good company as I am here at the National Trust for Scotland visitor Scotland at Culloden. I was there last week to sign copies of my Jacobite romantic suspense novel, Gathering Storm. The gift shop at Culloden has just stocked up on those.

I’m pictured here next to my Jacobite non-fiction, Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ’45 and Bare-Arsed Banditti: The Men of the 45.

Maggie with her books at NTS Culloden
Maggie with her books at NTS Culloden

I’m honoured that my non-fiction Jacobite books sit next to John Prebble’s masterly Culloden. That was the first serious history I ever read about the Jacobites and the 1745 Rising. The first novel I ever read on the subject was DK Broster’s classic adventure, The Flight of the Heron.

Also in the picture is No Quarter Given, otherwise known as the Muster Roll. This labour of love was compiled by members of the 1745 Association and is the Bible for anyone looking for a specific name and regiment of an ancestor or person of interest who served in Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army. For a researcher, it also offers the broader picture of who the men were, what they were to trade and where they came from.

After signing the books, we drove into Inverness and had lunch by the river. Inverness looked glorious in the summer sunshine!

Lunch alfresco in Inverness
Lunch alfresco in Inverness

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