Glasgow noir: fiction and fact

Friday 19 November | 18-19:15

Glasgow Panel Event / Author Reading Adults

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Discover Glasgow Noir in this event featuring authors with real life experiences of the West of Scotland crime and justice system. Allan Nicol and Charles Sharkey will talk about the interaction between fact and fiction and discuss how their experiences with the Glasgow crime scene has shaped their writing.

Allan Nicol was a Procurator Fiscal in the West of Scotland for many years. His novel Liberation (published September 2021) is a fictionalised account of an infamous Glasgow killing in the late 1940s when a serving policeman committed a murder while on duty.

Charles Sharkey worked as a criminal lawyer in Glasgow for over 30 years. Sharkey's debut crime novel, Clutching At Straws (published July 2021), features DI Frank Dorsey and his struggles with the bloody consequences of a fallout between a longtime Glasgow crime family and new Eastern European gangsters trying to establish themselves in the city.

Both authors have published books before, but these are their first crime novels. Allan Nicol wrote the definitive books on two of Scotland's serial killers: Peter Manuel and Archibald Hall, the Borders butler. Charles Sharkey has three well-received novels to his name: Dark Loch about the effect of the First World War on a Scottish crofting community; The Volunteer about the Belfast troubles; and Memoirs of Franz Schreiber set in interwar Berlin.

Venue information

Arlington Baths Club

61 Arlington Street

G3 6DT

There are a few steps to the front door of the building. It is intended to hold the event in a room on the ground floor, but depending on the physical distancing restrictions at the time it may be moved to a larger room on the first floor. Attendees will be advised beforehand if this is the case.


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