Digital Book Week Scotland: 16-22 November 2020

November 3rd 2020

In November we’re usually gearing up to welcome readers and writers into the Baths as part of Book Week Scotland. Sadly we can’t do that this year but here’s a few events that might be of interest, including launches and a discussion event from our regular Book Week Scotland collaborators Ringwood Publishing.


Murder at the Mela by Leela Soma

Wednesday 4 November 2020, 7pm-8.30pm

Leela Soma’s new novel, Murder at the Mela, is an eagerly awaited addition to Tartan Noir in which Glasgow’s first Asian DI joins the ranks of great fictional Scottish detectives. Alok Patel is thrown in at the deep end as newly promoted DI with his first investigation, the brutal murder of an Asian woman at Glasgow’s Mela Festival. Facing prejudice from his work colleagues and suspicion from the Asian community, Patel struggles to balance the pressures of his rank, relationships, and racism. This murder-mystery explores the hate that lurks in Glasgow’s darkest corners. As tensions among Glasgow’s communities threaten to boil over, another body is discovered, and Patel must get through a growing list of suspects to solve the case.

The launch will feature exclusive readings and a live Q&A with the author and special guest author Zoe Strachan.

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In the Shadow of the Crane by John Keeman

Wednesday 11 November 2020, 7pm - 8.30pm

Celebrate the launch of John Keeman’s memoir, In the Shadow of the Crane, a powerful story of growing up beneath the shadow of the Finnieston Crane. With special guest speakers and excerpts from the book, the event will explore the trials, tribulations and fond memories of a true Glaswegian through a diverse slew of careers, and into some of his most personal moments – both joyful and painful. With a voice equal parts wry and candid, John tells his anecdotally-rich story; indeed, not everyone, for instance, can say that they’ve literally sent Eartha Kitt flying! John’s book is a powerful argument in the defence of collective support and strength, and a railing against the recent dismantling of the elements that provided that collective support to the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.

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Discussion: The Future of the Scottish Police Service

Monday 16 November, 7pm to 8:30pm

Join the authors of three new books about crime and policing to discuss the future of the police service in Scotland.

  • Ruxton the first Modern Murder by Tom Wood, a former Deputy Chief Constable in Lothian, focuses on the role of Scotland’s use of the expertise of universities’ forensic science departments in altering the way crimes are solved.
  • Cuddies Strip by Rob McInroy is a fictional exploration of a famous Perth murder and its contemporary resonances, including police bias and bigotry, and discrimination against women in the criminal justice system.
  • The Ten Per Cent by Simon McLean is a frank and thought-provoking look at the police service in a changing Scotland from his time as a constable in Highlands and Islands of Argyll, as a detective sergeant in Rothesay, and in the Serious Crime Squad, keeping Scotland safe by bringing down the most serious criminals.

There will be talks from all three authors and the opportunity for the audience to ask questions and engage in the discussion.

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More Book Week Scotland events


A few of the writers who have taken part in Book Week At The Baths in past years are appearing at other events in this year’s virtual festival.

You can also cast your vote in the online poll: if the year 2020 were a book, which book would it be?

See the full programme on the Book Week Scotland website



Available now: Tidal Power by Iain Macneill


Baths member Iain Macneill has just self-published his first book, entitled Tidal Power.

The summer is fast approaching on the Isle of Flooney, off the west coast of Scotland. Preparations are underway for the influx of visitors – family, friends and holidaymakers from near and far – who are as reliable and welcome as the ocean’s tides. For Willie MacKinnon, a local shellfish harvester, all is well.

But unbeknownst to Willie and anyone else on Flooney, an investment of epic proportions is being planned for the island. One that will change the course of its history and which will force Willie to confront his past, a past he had left dead, buried and far behind. The question is can he survive that lovely, horrible summer?

Get the Kindle version on Amazon (Print version available in 2021)

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