From Gregory’s Girls to acclaimed author

There can be few people who will not recognise this face. John Gordon Sinclair rounded off this year’s Imprint Book Festival in Kilmarnock’s Dick Institute on Friday evening.


Born in Glasgow, he moved to London in the early eighties and now lives in Surrey with his family. His acclaimed film career won him in a BAFTA nomination for Best Newcomer and his first outing in London’s West End won him an Olivier award for Best Actor.


However it is not as an actor that Sinclair is currently receiving praise – he has also made an impressive foray into writing – his debut novel Seventy Times Seven was described as ‘a remarkable first novel’ by film critic Barry Norman and as an ‘impressive debut…Fast and bloody…’ by The Times.


It is his second novel that brought Sinclair to Kilmarnock’s Imprint Festival.  Blood Whispers is Sinclair’s coming-of-age thriller, a rapid fire story that secures him a safe berth in the pantheon of exciting, hard-hitting Tartan Noir authors.


Sinclair joined Kathryn Ross from Fraser Ross Associates in discussion at the Dick Institute a very entertaining evening followed, in front of an appreciative audience.


Book Week Scotland is the next literary event, taking place in November and authors, poets, playwrights and performers will come together to celebrate the written word. The Imprint writing award will also be announced at the prize giving ceremony on 27 November.