Alexander McCall Smith headlines the Big Book Weekend – Online

  04 May '20   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Shoreham Wordfest is delighted to present Alexander McCall Smith reading at a special event during the national Big Book Weekend, UK which takes place on from 8 – 10 May.  The Shoreham Wordfest event will start the Virtual Literary Festival at 11am Friday 8 May. Alexander will read from his latest books, and will deliver a special message for the Big Book Weekend on behalf of Shoreham Wordfest.  

You can register for this free on-line literary festival in advance or go to on the day.  We will also feature the recording with Alexander McCall Smith on our website after the event.

The Big Book Festival is a national initiative led by authors Kit de Waal and Molly Flatt, and is backed by the Arts Council and the BBC.  There will be a full programme of author talks, discussions and performances over the weekend. Featured authors include Bernadine Evaristo, winner of the Booker prize, and Jackie Kay. Our own Jill Calder will appear for Borders Book Festival. The full programme is available at Please see our What’s On page for more details.

Alexander’s latest books from Birlinn are A Gathering: A Personal Anthology of Scottish Poems and Pianos and Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind. The Second Worst Restaurant in France is published in a paperback edition in early June.

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