Readers and writers get together in Aboyne

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Aboyne Community Centre hosted the second Readers’ Day event by Aberdeenshire Libraries.

The event featured three authors of very different writing styles.

Each author was introduced by Sue Cromar, of Aberdeenshire Libraries, and then each gave a short talk to the audience.

Participants were split into groups and had the chance to spend time with each author, listening to readings and then asking questions about their books, from characterisation and plot to the nitty gritty details of book publishing, giving a fascinating insight into the authors’ daily lives.

Anne Donovan read some amusing excerpts from her highly acclaimed novel Buddha Da in the Glaswegian dialect it was written in. She also read some of her short stories.

Margaret Elphinstone shared some interesting insights into historical novel writing and the sense of place she feels when doing her research, also what it’s like to get into the mind of others.

Douglas Jackson, whose career is firmly rooted in newspapers, told a captivated audience how he made time to write his first novel Caligula after his busy day editing the Scotsman, followed by the heady experience of his road to publication. He also talked about the thrillers he writes as James Douglas.

A literary quiz, sponsored by Yeadon’s bookshop, was held during the interval, and won by Moira Forsyth, who was presented with three novels.

After lunch there was an opportunity to take part in a book swap, and for people to have their photographs taken with the authors.

The event was supported by the Scottish Book Trust,