Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) will hit the murder trail this spring – with a chat show evening that will set out to make a killing!
The Look Who’s Talking Crime Panel, in the Music Hall, on Monday, May 21, organised by Waterstones booksellers as part of their week-long Look Who’s Talking at Waterstones event, will feature not one but TWO crime-cracking thriller writers.
Making up the panel will be Stuart MacBride and Craig Robertson who will talk about their work and answer questions from the audience. The evening will be followed by a book signing.
Tickets for the 7pm event are expected to disappear faster than the prime suspect when they go on sale to APA Friends tomorrow (Wednesday) and to the general public on Friday (February 17) online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
APA press manager Joyce Summers said: "These two Scottish crime writers are at the top of their game.
"This is a great chance to spend a spine-chilling evening with the masters of suspense and uncover the grisly details of their work.
"The Music Hall is an ideal, intimate venue for crime novel fans to grill these best-selling murder masterminds on their great page-turning thrillers."
Stuart MacBride is famed for writing several bestselling novels based in Aberdeen and featuring DS Logan McRae, including Shatter the Bones, which reached No 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list. His newest novel, Birthdays for the Dead, was published last month.
The McRae novels have sold over a million copies so far, and have won him multiple accolades, including the CWA’s Dagger in the Library, the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel, and Best Breakthrough Author at the ITV3 crime thriller awards.
During his 20-year career with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, Craig Robertson has interviewed three recent Prime Ministers; attended major stories including 9/11, Dunblane, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann; been pilloried on breakfast television, beaten Oprah Winfrey to a major scoop, been among the first to interview Susan Boyle, spent time on Death Row in the USA and dispensed polio drops in the backstreets of India.
His debut novel, Random, was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award in 2010 and his second crime thriller Snapshot, was published last summer.
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