Mallaig Book Festival: Denise Mina


Join Denise Mina, award winning Scottish crime writer, playwright and comic book writer, at the Mallaig Book Festival

2.45 – 3.45pm

Saturday November 11th

West Highland Hotel, Mallaig

Tickets: £8


From the gruesome murder of Rizzio, to her award-winning best-selling Garnethill trilogy, Denise is an outstanding Scottish crime writer and playwright revered as an author of Tartan Noir fiction. She has also dabbled in comic book writing. Born in East Kilbride in 1966, her novels include The End of the Wasp Season and Gods and Beasts, both of which won the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in consecutive years. Her novel Conviction was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick and a Sunday Times, Observer and Telegraph ‘Book of the Year’. Denise also writes short stories, and plays and regularly contributes to TV and radio.


About Three Fires:

In Three Fires, award-winning author Denise Mina re-imagines the ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’, a series of fires lit throughout Florence at the end of the fifteenth century – inspired by the fanatical Girolamo Savonarola.

Girolamo Savonarola was a Dominican friar living in Florence at the tail end of the fifteenth century. An anti-corruption campaigner his hellfire preaching increasingly spilled over into tirades against all luxuries that tempted people towards sin. These sermons led to the infamous ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ – a series of fires lit throughout Florence for the incineration of everything from books, extravagant clothing, playing cards, musical instruments, make-up and mirrors, to paintings, tapestries and sculptures.

Railing against the vice and avarice of the ruling Medici family, he was instrumental in their removal from power, and for a time became the puritanical leader of the city. After turning his attention to corruption in the entire Catholic Church, he was first excommunicated and then executed by a combination of hanging and being burnt at the stake.

Denise Mina brings a modern take to this fascinating historical story – drawing parallels between the febrile atmosphere of medieval Florence and the culture wars of the present day. In dramatising the life and last days of Savonarola she explores the downfall of the original architect of cancel culture and in the process explores the neverending tensions between wealth, inequality, and freedom of speech that so dominate our modern world.


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Saturday 11 Nov 2023
West Highland Hotel, Mallaig. United Kingdom