Denise Mina: Treason and Plot – An Edinburgh International Book Festival event


Things just get better and better for Denise Mina. Her novels have twice been Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novels of the Year, and recently The Less Dead was shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year. Now the Glasgow-based author has looked to a notorious event in Scottish history for inspiration. Rizzio is a deliciously dark novella that reimagines and retells the story of a friend and ‘confidant’ (AKA secret lover) of Mary Queen of Scots, David Rizzio. In the febrile rooms of Holyrood Palace in March 1566, Rizzio is murdered in front of a pregnant Mary, the victim of a plot by her husband Henry Lord Darnley. What does Darnley hope to achieve by this vicious multiple stabbing, and what consequences will it have for the monarchy? Mina’s novella is the first in a new series called Darkland Tales, books which retell myths and legends from history for a modern audience. Join Mina for the launch of her book and a conversation about her new series.

This is a live event with an author Q&A. Authors and participants will be on stage, in the venue. After the event, Denise Mina will be doing an in-person book signing on the Festival site.

(The Edinburgh International Book Festival will be a hybrid Book Festival in 2021 – a fabulous online programme of over 250 events for adults and children, streamed live on the website. Alongside, they will welcome in-person audiences for a wide range of the events in the programme, which you can book on their website. This year’s Book Festival will take place from Saturday 14 to Monday 30 August at their new Festival home: the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh College of Art on Lauriston Place in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.)

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Wednesday 18 Aug 2021
The New York Times Theatre (in Sculpture Court), Edinburgh. United Kingdom