Imprint 2015 closes with Scottish crime writer Val McDermid

One of the biggest names in Scottish crime fiction, Val McDermid entertained a large crowd in Kilmarnock’s Grand Hall last week winding up this year’s Imprint Book Festival.


Val might consider an alternative career as a comedienne as despite the dark subject matter the crowd were treated to a lively and often very funny evening.


Imprint patron Zoe Strachan spoke to McDermid about her remarkable career in crime fiction and her many novels, which have been translated into 30 languages and sold over 10 million copies worldwide.


Among the notable characters Val has created over the years are Tony Hill and Carol Jordan from the popular TV series ‘Wire in the Blood’. She also created the Lindsay Gordon and Kate Brannigan series.


During the evening Val discussed her writing routine with the audience and discussed the importance of keeping up with forensic advances and procedures so that the grittiness and sense of reality is maintained in her work.


Val’s latest novel The Skelelton Road centres on a cold case investigation. When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of soon to be renovated Gothic building, Detective Kate Pirie is given the task of identifying the age old bones, but she soon finds herself unearthing a series of past conflicts, false identities and secrets that have been long buried. The new novel is sure to garner as much praise as her previous works - such as this Guardian quote “McDermid’s ability to wrong foot the reader is second to none, highly recommended.”


The next literary event to look forward to is Book Week Scotland which takes place in November which celebrates the written word and features poets, playwrights and authors. The Imprint writing completion winners will also be announced at the Prize Giving ceremony on 27 November at the Dick Institute.