William McIlvanney is one of Scotland's finest and best loved writers. His mainstream novels, including Docherty (winner of the Whitbread Prize) and The Big Man (film starring Liam Neesson) were followed by the hugely successful Laidlaw series of detective novels. He is acknowledged by the current generation of Scottish crime writers (including Ian Rankin and Val Macdermid) as an inspiration and a master of the genre. In a year when all of his novels are being reissued, it's a privilege to welcome him back to Aberdeen (where he had two spells as Writer-in-residence at the University) and to celebrate the man and his work.
Soup and sandwich available from 12pm
Thursday 10 October
We've missed the lunchtime "Look who's talking". series but Willy more than made up for its demise. This was the most enjoyable hour of reminiscence and humour from the most charismatic of writers.