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Lesley Kelly

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Other contact method: Website: lesleykelly.co.uk/contact
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
Lesley Kelly's headshot

Lesley Kelly is the author of the Health of Strangers novels, a crime fiction series set in a parallel Edinburgh beset by a killer virus.  She also wrote a standalone novel, A Fine House in Trinity, which was longlisted for the McIlvanney Award in 2016.  She won The Scotsman’s Short Story Competition in 2008, and was longlisted for the Caledonian Novel Award 2015.

As a former stand up comedian, Lesley’s events are always entertaining, and may well involve audience participation.  She has braved difficult questions at events ranging from Primary 4 at her local primary (yes, your editor does check your spelling), to the Bad Bugs Book Club (yes, it is scientifically accurate, sort-of.)

Lesley has worked in the public and voluntary sector for twenty five years, and her books are set against the background of local and national Scottish politics.

(Photo credit: Chris Scott)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Panel event; Reading; Talk; Workshop; Chairing events

Topics of work

Crime fiction; Mystery & thriller; Science fiction

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+