Kilmarnock Author Joins Imprint Festival

Imprint 2017 welcomes local, Man Booker Prize shortlisted author.

Imprint patron Zoe Strachan will introduce Kilmarnock's own Graeme Macrae Burnet; author of the 2016 Man Booker shortlisted and Saltire prize winner 'His Bloody Project', at the Dick Institute on Monday 9 October.

Graeme was born and brought up in Kilmarnock and now lives in Glasgow after stays in the Czech Republic, France, Portugal and London. He has an MA in English Literature & Film Studies from Glasgow University and a MLitt in International Security Studies from St Andrews. He has previously worked as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, a bookseller and a television researcher.

The award–winning His Bloody Project tells the story of a triple murder carried out by a seventeen-year-old crofter in a tiny Scottish village in 1869. It has been called “astonishing” (The Telegraph), “fiendishly readable” (The Guardian), “spellbinding” (The Financial Times) and “masterly” (New York Times), and is set to be translated into more than a dozen languages. It has also been optioned for the screen by Synchronicity Films. Graeme is currently working on a follow-up to his first novel the Disappearance of Adele Bedeau.

Irvine born John Niven also appeared at the Dick Institute on Thursday evening, John joined David Ross for a lively and entertaining conversation.

Niven read English at Glasgow Uni before working for a variety of record companies, leaving the music industry in 2002 to focus on writing. His break-through novel 'Kill Your Friends' is a satire of the music business; based on his career in A&R, during which time, he passed up the chance to sign Coldplay and Muse! Niven also has a book in development for a film 'The Sunshine Cruise Company'.

There are still tickets available for upcoming events including Le Muirn our Gaelic evening, crime writer Elly Griffiths, novelist and radio dramatist Beatrice Colin, award winning photographer and filmmaker Chris Leslie and finally horror writer Graham Masterton.