Love is and has always been a preoccupation of humankind. It is the thread connecting us all and so writers will always write about it. From romance through to familial love and its associated entanglements, love is the knot we are always trying to unpick. So why is romance not given the same literary weight as other genres? Why is writing about sex considered more risqué than writing about murder? Join our panel of authors Sandra Ireland, Laura Lam, Tracy Gow and Noelle Harrison with Dawn Geddes as chair as they discuss the enduring relevance of the love story. Sandra Ireland's debut novel Beneath the Skin was shortlisted for a Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award in 2017. Her latest novel Bone Deep was published by Polygon this summer, with the tagline What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person? Originally from sunny California, Laura Lam now lives in cloudy Scotland. Her forthcoming novels are the feminist space opera, Seven Devils, co-written with Elizabeth May and the F/F romance series launching this October with A Frozen Night. Tracy Gow is a former television camerawoman and an award-winning professional photographer. She says that a life spent behind the lens has given her a wealth of material which she can use in her writing and as a former wedding photographer, she’s something of an expert when it comes to romance. Winning the Prima Magazine/Mills ">Her Brooding Scottish Heir hits UK shelves on 27th January 2019. Noelle Harrison is the author of six novels. She writes time-slip love stories focusing on family secrets and lies. Additionally Noelle has also written the literary erotic trilogy Valentina under the pen name Evie Blake. She is also the founder of Aurora Writers Retreats running courses in creative writing, tarot and yoga in Edinburgh, Norway and Ireland. Noëlle’s new novel, The Gravity of Love was published by Black and White Publishing this summer. Dawn Geddes (www.dawngeddes.co.uk) is a freelance journalist and writer. Specialising in literary journalism, she is The Scots Magazine’s Book Correspondent, interviewing authors and writing about Scotland’s top book festivals and events. When she’s not busy writing features, she spends her time crafting fiction for young adults and running writing retreats.
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