Bute Noir presents... Douglas Skelton

Author Douglas Skelton will be at Bute Noir this weekend (August 5-6).

Author Douglas Skelton will be at Bute Noir this weekend (August 5-6).

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Making a welcome appearance at the island’s first ever crime writing festival is author, Douglas Skelton.

Douglas is an established true crime author, penning eleven books including Glasgow’s Black Heart, Frightener and Dark Heart.

He has appeared on a variety of documentaries and news programmes as an expert on Glasgow crime, most recently on STV’s In Search of Bible John.

His 2005 book Indian Peter was later adapted for a BBC Scotland radio documentary which he presented. Blood City was his first foray into fiction.

Douglas has had a varied working life, as he explains: “I’ve been a bank clerk, tax officer, taxi driver (for two days), wine waiter (for two hours), journalist and investigator. I’ve written 11 true crime and Scottish criminal history books but now I’m concentrating on fiction. [That] doesn’t mean I won’t, some day, come up with another factual piece – there are a couple of old cases I’d love to get into – but for now I’m making stuff up.”

Douglas will be appearing at events at Bute Noir (August 5-6), details of which can be found by clicking here.