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Tariq Ashkanani

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Midlothian
Languages: English

I am a professional author, who loves to write dark crime thrillers. My debut novel, Welcome to Cooper, was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger and went on to win the Bloody Scotland 2022 debut award. I am also the co-host of the weekly writing podcast Page One, where we chat with writers of all kinds about their publication journey and writing process. In addition, I have experience in running writing workshops and hosting panels at various festivals across the country.


Photo credit: Michael Rummey

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

Chairing events; Panel event; Talk; Workshop

Topics of work

Contemporary fiction; Crime fiction; Editing & editing your own work; Horror; Mystery & thriller; Publishing & getting published; Self-publishing & independent publishing

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 18+

Audience size

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