Crime writer to visit Rothesay Library

Crime writer Caro Ramsay is to visit Rothesay Library later this month as part of a literary feast of events across Argyll and Bute to mark Book Week Scotland.

Caro, whose book The Blood of the Crows was Waterstone’s Book of the Month in September, was raised in Govan on the south side of Glasgow - and though she was more interested in science than English at school, she got some inspiration from the many fascinating facts her studies provided about poisons and blunt trauma!

Having turned down places at veterinary and medical school, Caro was the youngest person ever to graduate from the British School of Osteopathy in London, but says she felt that “rather than being a valued member of a primary care team, my job seemed to consist of translating the Taggart episode that had been on the night before...”

While recovering from a bad back injury, she decided to put pen to paper, and started writing the book which was to become Absolution, the first of her four published novels.

Book Week Scotland, part of the Scottish Book Trust’s ‘100 Authors for 100 Libraries’ programme, is Scotland’s first national celebration of books and reading, taking place from November 26 to December 2, with a week-long programme of events for people of all ages, interests and reading abilities.

Elsewhere Jess Smith, an author and storyteller from a travelling family, will visit Campbeltown Library, while Oban Library plays host to Catherine Brown, food writer for national newspapers and magazines for 20 years and a contributor to the Grampian and STV series Scotland’s Larder.

Louise Glen-Lee, Argyll and Bute’s lead councillor for community, culture, customer and communication, said: “It’s exciting to see our libraries working with Book Week Scotland to bring unique opportunities to hear and meet authors in Argyll and Bute.

“We hope there’s something for most people in this mix of storytelling, food writing and crime novels.”