Winter Words Festival: Denise Mina


Winter Words Festival 2023

Friday 10 February


Denise Mina will be talking to David Greig about her work and her latest novel, Confidence, an escapist exhilarating thriller, revolving around vanished filmmakers, international art smuggling and religious zealotry. A globe-spanning, utterly engaging adventure, Confidence was described by Ann Cleeves as “a delight: playful, fast-paced, and entirely compulsive.”

Denise Mina is a prize-winning author of fifteen crime novels, including the MacIlvanny Prize for Scottish Crime 2019 for Conviction, a New York Times Bestseller. Two of her novels won the Theakstons’ Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award in consecutive years.

David Greig is an award-winning playwright and theatre director and Artistic Director at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.

After a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth, Denise Mina left school early. Working in a number of dead end jobs, all of them badly, before studying at night school to get into Glasgow University Law School.

Denise went on to study for a PhD at Strathclyde, misusing her student grant to write her first novel. This was Garnethill, published in 1998, which won the Crime Writers Association John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel. In 2014 she was inducted into the Crime Writers’ Association Hall of Fame.

Her writing talents extend to plays for theatre, including Ida Tamson and the Edinburgh Lyceum’s acclaimed adaptation of Brecht’s Mr Puntila and his Man Matti. She also writes graphic novels and is a regular contributor to print media, TV and radio and regularly appears at literary festivals in the UK and abroad.

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Friday 10 Feb 2023
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry. United Kingdom