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Denise Mina in Conversation with Zoe Strachan

Join East Ayrshire Leisure and Creative Conversations as we celebrate World Book Night and chat to award winning crime writer, Denise Mina, about her latest novel The Less Dead.

After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school early and worked a number of jobs before studying at night school to get into Glasgow University Law School. Denise went on to study for a PhD at Strathclyde, where she wrote her first novel. This was Garnethill, published in 1998, which won the Crime Writers Association John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel.

She has now published 14 novels and also writes short stories, plays and graphic novels. In 2014 she was inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame.

This event will be hosted on Zoom and you will be sent a link to attend the meeting once you book via Eventbrite using the BOOK NOW link at the bottom of this page. 

Creative Conversations is programmed by the University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme and funded by the Ferguson Bequest. Professor Thomas Ferguson (1900-1977), Henry Mechan Chair of Public Health (1944-64), bequeathed his estate to the University, with the instruction that the money should be used to foster the social side of University life.

World Book Night is the annual celebration of books and reading on 23 April that brings people from all backgrounds together for one reason – to inspire others to read more. Presented by The Reading Agency, and in partnership with Specsavers, in 2021 we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with a special “Books to Make You Smile” theme with lead ambassador, Sandi Toksvig.

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Event Details

  • Date & Time

    23 April 2021

  • Admission Price

    Free online event

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