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No.1 author Alexander McCall Smith to share love of stories with The Glenlivet Distillery for Malt Whisky Trail and Book Week Scotland link-up


By Lorna Thompson

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MORAY'S Malt Whisky Trail is preparing to virtually welcome the prolific Alexander McCall Smith during Book Week Scotland next week when the author collaborates with Speyside's The Glenlivet.

Known and loved across the world for his No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street series, the master storyteller will narrate stories and poetry from his home in Edinburgh.

The event will be live-streamed on the Malt Whisky Trail Instagram channel on Tuesday, November 17, at 1pm.

The writer said: "Visiting the Malt Whisky Trail is a marvellous way for visitors to Scotland, as well as Scots themselves, to discover a part of the country rich in historical associations.

"Whisky and storytelling in Scotland have more than a passing acquaintanceship. Book Week Scotland and the Malt Whisky Trail are natural partners, and I am really looking forward to being a part of this."

Accompanied by a warming Glenlivet dram, Alexander will share his love for Scotland with its rich heritage of storytelling and will finish with a poem from his new collection, In a Time of Distance, which explores the ideas of travel and home in a time of isolation.

Writer Alexander McCall Smith. Picture: Kirsty Anderson.
Writer Alexander McCall Smith. Picture: Kirsty Anderson.

The Glenlivet is one of the nine whisky sites that make up the whisky trail, alongside Benromach, Cardhu, Dallas Dhu, Glen Grant, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, Strathisla and the Speyside Cooperage.

Lyndsey Gray, experience leader at The Glenlivet, said: "Alexander shares our love for Scottish heritage and storytelling so it’s a real honour to be collaborating with him as part of the Malt Whisky Trail and Book Week Scotland.

"We are proud to be one of the nine sites that make up the Malt Whisky Trail as it’s an amazing way for people to discover Scotland, its whiskies and stories behind them.

"We hope Alexander enjoys his virtual visit to the distillery and we can’t wait for him to be able to visit in person soon."

Book Week Scotland runs from November 16-22.

The Malt Whisky Trail has also partnered with local independent bookshop The Bookmark, in Grantown, to sell Alexander’s latest works during Book Week Scotland, encouraging locals to get involved and enter the bookworm spirit.

The Malt Whisky Trail has linked up with Book Week Scotland to virtually host writer Alexander McCall Smith. Picture: Jakub Iwanicki.
The Malt Whisky Trail has linked up with Book Week Scotland to virtually host writer Alexander McCall Smith. Picture: Jakub Iwanicki.

More information about the event can be found at scottishbooktrust.com.


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