This event is hosted jointly with the Colinton Parish Church Literary Society ('The Lit'), which celebrates its 108th season this year and has welcomed the Pentlands Book Festival's involvement. Iain MacDonald, who was born in Lewis but grew up in Thurso, is currently a drama teacher in Linlithgow. He won the inaugural Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing in 2017, as well as the international Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition, with his story, The Gannet. Alexander McCall Smith chose The Gannet as his favourite among all the finalists, calling it 'atmospheric' and praising the 'clarity and the economy of the prose'. We look forward to hearing about the genesis of his story and of Iain's plans for future publications. The event is free to members of The Lit, with non-members being welcome on payment of £3 at the door. To read The Gannet, visit: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/58fa21e8893fc0c15af775c4/t/59e5c2d980bd5e92ef7e0cb0/1508229851349/The+Gannet+by+Iain+MacDonald.pdf.