Alan Riach and Louise Welsh dive the depths of Tartan Noir. Where it started, where it’s been and where it’s going. From Stevenson and Hogg, through Tey and Laidlaw to the giants of the genre today, some of them with us here at Granite Noir. Join us for a riveting and fun conversation featuring some of Scotland’s favourite authors and their books.
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Alan Riach (b.1957) Poet and Professor of Scottish Literature, Glasgow University. Born Airdrie, Lanarkshire, studied at Cambridge and Glasgow, worked at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, 1986-2000, returned to Scotland 2001. Books include poetry: The Winter Book (2017), Homecoming (2009) and Wild Blue: Selected Poems (2014); criticism: Representing Scotland (2005), Hugh MacDiarmid’s Epic Poetry (1991), and co-authored with Alexander Moffat, Arts of Resistance: Poets, Portraits and Landscapes of Modern Scotland (2008), described in the TLS as ‘a landmark book’. His 734-page Scottish Literature: An Introduction was published in 2022 and described in The Times as ‘magisterial’.
Louise Welsh is an award-winning author of eight novels. The Cutting Room, her debut novel, won the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award and the Saltire First Book of The Year Award. In 2018, she was named the Most Inspiring Saltire First Book Award winner by public vote. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.
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