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We have a fantastic line up of author events this October with Claire Askew a rising star of crime writing, the legendary climber, walker, traveller and author Hamish Brown and the terrific Sudanese-born writer Leila Aboulela, and they're all FREE

Claire Askew 

Claire Askew

 West Dunbartonshire Libraries and the Lennox Literary Society are delighted to present an evening in the company of Claire Askew.   

Claire is a poet, novelist and community educator living in Edinburgh; her first poetry collection, This changes things, was published in 2016.  Claire is one of the rising stars of Scottish crime fiction.  Her debut crime novel, All the Hidden Truths has received rave reviews and she has been compared to Kate Atkinson.    

She will be talking about All the Hidden Truths and her other work.  Her work has been twice shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, in 2014 and 2016, and This changes things was shortlisted for the 2016 Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award. 

All the Hidden Truths

All the Hidden Truths  

Gripping, heartbreaking and horrifyingly plausible. I couldn't tear myself away from this book. Claire Askew is a stunning new voice in crime fiction. (Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said). 

Booking Information

Balloch Library

1st October at 7.00pm

FREE but ticketed

Tickets available: https://wdlclaireskew.eventbrite.co.uk

Hamish Brown 

Hamish Brown

 To celebrate Libraries Week we are delighted to present an afternoon with Hamish Brown.  

Hamish is a legendary climber, walker, traveller and author.  He has written Hamish’s Mountain Walk, Hamish’s Groats End Walk and Climbing the Corbetts, all of which are considered to be mountaineering classics.  

As well as travelling extensively throughout the world he is an acknowledged expert on all things Scottish and explorer of the country’s many highways and byways.  Hamish will be discussing his latest book East of West, West of East which tells the story of his own highly remarkable

family caught in Japan at the outbreak of the Second World War in the Pacific. With letters, journal extracts and notes from Hamish Brown’s parents, as well as his own recollections, it brings the era to life: not only life in the dying days of the British Empire, but also the terrible reality of the invasion of Singapore into which they escaped.  

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Hamish is a fantastic speaker and this is an event that you will not want to miss.  It will evoke a world that has passed and the enormity of being caught up in cataclysmic historical events. 

In 2015, Hamish Brown was awarded an OWPG Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to outdoor writing/photography. In 2017, he was named as the 10th recipient of the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture. 

Booking Information

Parkhall Library

11th October at 2.00 pm

FREE but ticketed

Tickets available: https://wdlhamishbrown.eventbrite.co.uk

Leila Aboulela 

Leila  Aboulela

To celebrate Libraries Week West Dunbartonshire Libraries and the Isaro Social Intergration Network present an afternoon with leading writer Leila Aboulela. 

Join Leila for a fascinating discussion of her work. She is a Sudanese-born writer whose work, written in English, has received critical acclaim and a high profile for its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality. Highlighting the challenges facing Muslims in Europe and “telling the stories of flawed complex characters who struggle to make choices using Muslim logic”, Aboulela’s work explores significant political issues. Her personal faith and the move, in her mid-twenties, from Sudan to Scotland are a major influence on her work. 

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Leila Aboulela won the first Caine Prize for African Writing. She is the author of four novels, a collection of short stories and several radio plays. Speaking of her most recent short story collection, Elsewhere, Home A. L. Kennedy said "these beautiful stories are a delight." Her writing has received praise from Nobel Prize winner J.M Coetzee, Ben Okri and Ali Smith.

Booking Information

Centre 81, Clydebank

10th October at 12.00 pm

FREE but ticketed

Tickets available: https://wdlleilaaboulela.eventbrite.co.uk