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Marianne Wheelaghan

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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I left my home town of Edinburgh when I was seventeen and travelled extensively, living in such far-flung places as Kiribati, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, before returning to Edinburgh.

My first novel is The Blue Suitcase. It is inspired by my mother's true-life story and is the harrowing story of a German Christian girl growing up in Nazi Germany. It explores themes to do with WW2, displaced people, bullying and intimidation, identity, family relationships and coming of age.

Food of Ghosts and The Shoeshine Killer are the first two novels in The Scottish Lady Detective series. They are contemporary mysteries set in the very remote country of Kiribati, a world where traditional and western cultures merge and the line between right and wrong is not clear-cut.  They are cosy-cum-traditional mysteries, which explore themes to do with place and home and identity.

I am presently working both on a sequel to The Blue Suitcase, which is set in the 1950's in Edinburgh, and the 3rd novel in the Scottish Lady Detective series, which is set in Papua New Guinea.

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

Mentoring; Reading; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Contemporary fiction; Crime fiction; Emigration & immigration; Historical fiction; Island communities; Mystery & thriller; Wars & conflicts; World War 2

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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