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Mark Leggatt

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Contact: mark@markleggatt.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English, Scots
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I am an author with three contemporary thrillers on the shelves of Waterstones, all of which have featured in Blackwells' bestseller charts. I was previously a specialist in Disaster Recovery and Technology Project Management.

I am also a professional freelance editor, copywriter, writer of articles and short stories, and a Core Editor for Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, among others. I provide detailed manuscript assessment, editorial advice, classroom lecturing, personal coaching and 1-2-1 mentoring whether in person or Facetime/Skype.

I have appeared at literary festivals across Scotland and the international Thrillerfest in New York. I have also featured in Book Week Scotland and #ScotLitFest. All of my work has been featured in the monthly international Scots Magazine (circ. 260,000), plus the national press.

I appear in “Four Blokes in Search of a Plot”, a live writing event which has toured the country, where we construct a crime story with the audience. 2020 appearances include “Four Blokes Do Spain” in Javea and the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

I am represented by Jon Wood of Rogers, Coleridge & White.


Crime thrillers:

•           Names Of The Dead (2015)

•           The London Cage (2016)

•           The Silk Road (2018)


Historical fantasy (as Mark McGarry):

•           A Gift Full Of Darkness (2020).


(Photo credit: Chris Close)

(Works in Scots)

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dundee; East Lothian; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Shetland; Stirling; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Residency; Workshop

Topics of work

Crime fiction; Fantasy; Mystery & thriller

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