Scientist-turned-novelist entertains Rothesay audience

Doug Johnstone readers from one of his novels, 'Smoke House', at Rothesay Library on Wednesday night.
Doug Johnstone readers from one of his novels, 'Smoke House', at Rothesay Library on Wednesday night.

Author, journalist, musician, teacher, father - Doug Johnstone has a number of titles, but perhaps the most surprising, given the nature of those already listed, is that of nuclear scientist.

Doug, who was invited to speak at Rothesay Library on Wednesday evening as part of Book Week Scotland, admitted that during a recent book tour in the Czech Republic he fielded more questions about science that about his literature, although he wished it had been the other way around.

Growing up as a youngster in Arbroath, Doug’s first foray into writing was in the form of short stories he would sent off to competitions, but it was while he lived in Edinburgh, playing as a drummer in bands, he discovered a real talent for journalism. As gig reviews and interviews he’d written started to get published, he thought “I’d like to make a go of this”.

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