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Shirley McKay

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Contact: hewcullan@gmail.com
Local authority: Fife
Languages: English
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I write historical crime fiction set in Scotland. The Hew Cullan Stories are set in 16th century St Andrews in the reign of James VI, and follow the adventures of the young hero Hew, an academic lawyer at St Andrews University, his physician friend Giles Locke, and his sister Meg. An outline for the first book, Hue & Cry, a complex tale of passion and duplicity, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association debut dagger. My latest novel is set in Georgian Edinburgh.

I have participated in meet the author events, panels and discussions, readers' groups and writing workshops. I am particularly interested in historical fiction, crime writing, historical crime, Scottish locations and settings, early Scottish language, dialogue and dialect. I particularly enjoy question/answer sessions and audience interaction. I am a professional proofreader, copy editor and publisher's reader, also and would be interested in taking part in writing workshops at all levels, from young adults upwards. (Photo credit: Peter Adamson)

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

Topics of work

Crime fiction; Historical fiction; History

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100