Claire Askew is a poet, writer and creative writing teacher living in Edinburgh. Her debut novel in 2018, All the Hidden Truths, tells the story of the aftermath of an Edinburgh tragedy and introduces DI Helen Birch, a newcomer in Scottish crime fiction.
Her recent novel, What You Pay For, is DI Birch’s second outing. Thirteen years ago, DI Birch's little brother Charlie disappeared. Birch was part of a raid on one of Scotland's most feared criminal organisations. Charlie came back. Now Birch has a choice: save her career, or save her brother? As she interrogates her brother, we see his story, in a brilliantly tense and clever novel about what people do to survive and the lines they cross to protect those they love.
Claire Askew is establishing herself as a leading crime writer, having been longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish crime book of the year and shortlisted for the McIlvanney Debut Prize.
Although a relatively new novelist, Claire is a popular and experienced performer at festivals. Don't miss this opportunity to meet an exciting new-generation Scottish crime writer.
The Buchanan Centre
Coatbridge Library is situated on the ground floor of The Buchanan Centre. It has automated doors and accessible toilets.