Author Kirsty holds Q&A at Rothesay bookshop

Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers, in conversation at Print Point in Rothesay on June 27 as part of Independent Bookshop Week.
Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers, in conversation at Print Point in Rothesay on June 27 as part of Independent Bookshop Week.

Kirsty Logan, whose best-selling debut novel The Gracekeepers has attracted rave reviews from critics, rounded off a busy programme of Bute events for Independent Bookshop Week in Rothesay when she visited Print Point on Saturday evening.

Kirsty, who was inspired to write the book after the death of her Bute-born father Euan, read a passage from the novel - chosen by BBC Radio 2’s Simon Mayo as his Book of the Week in April - before answering questions from a clearly fascinated audience of local readers.

“Even before I could really write I was making up stories and forcing my long-suffering family to listen to them,” she said in response to a question from Jessica Timms on when she took up writing.

“I lost my way a bit after leaving school - I still loved writing, and reading stories, but I didn’t think I could be a person who could write them. I just didn’t have the self-belief to think that I could do it.”

* More from Kirsty’s Rothesay visit in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, July 2.