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From Scotland to New Zealand: In conversation with Liam Mcllvanney

4 May @ 20:00 - 21:00 BST

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Please note the change of platform: this event will now take place online via Zoom Webinar and the new link will be sent to all registered attendees today.

Join us as we connect with the New Zealand Society of Authors for an international chat with Scottish crime writer, Liam Mcllvanney, alongside the Society of Authors in Scotland.

Jane MacKenzie, Treasurer of the Society of Authors in Scotland and Vanda Symon, New Zealand crime writer will chat to Liam about his award-winning writing career, his life in New Zealand, his Scottish roots and the inspiration from his father William Mcllvanney.

Hosted by Jane MacKenzie, Treasurer of the Society of Authors in Scotland and Vanda Symon, Chair of Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. This event is in conjunction with the Society of Authors in Scotland and the New Zealand Society of Authors.

8pm in the UK / 7am in New Zealand


5 minutes – Welcome from Jane MacKenzie, Treasurer of the Society of Authors in Scotland

30 minutes – Discussion with Liam Mcllvanney about his work and career, and glimpse into his creative routine

5 minutes – Liam will do a short reading from his latest novel

15 minutes – Q&A from audience / sent in advance

5 minutes – Closing remarks

If you would like to send questions for Liam McIlvanney in advance, email Anna Ganley with ‘Liam McIlvanney – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can on the day.


The line-up

Liam Mcllvanney – Crime writer

Liam McIlvanney was born in Scotland and studied at the universities of Glasgow and Oxford. He has written for numerous publications, including the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. His debut, Burns the Radical, won the Saltire First Book Award. His second novel, Where the Dead Men Go, won the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best New Zealand Crime Novel. His most recent novel, The Quaker, won the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year. He is Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He lives in Dunedin with his wife and four sons.
Website: Liammcilvanney.com | Twitter: @LiamMcIlvanney  


Jane MacKenzie – Historical fiction writer, Treasurer of the Society of Authors of Scotland

Jane MacKenzie is a historical fiction author from the Scottish Highlands, and Treasurer of the Society of Authors in Scotland. Jane has lived and worked in Africa, the Arabian Gulf and Papua New Guinea, mainly in education and business development. Most recently she worked in Geneva as Head of the UK Office at CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider. She left there in 2013 and now devotes most of her time to writing.


Vanda Symon – Crime writer, radio host

Vanda Symon is a crime writer and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and Chair of the Otago Southland Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors.
Website: vandasymon.com | Twitter: @vandasymon


About the New Zealand Society of Authors

The New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc is the principal representative for the professional interests of writers. Protecting basic rights to freedom of expression, working to improve income and conditions, promoting Aotearoa New Zealand writing and literary culture. Developing and creating a community for writers.
Website: authors.org.nz |Twitter: @NZSocAuthors

About the Society of Authors (UK)

The Society of Authors is the largest UK trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers. We have been advising individuals and speaking out for the profession for more than a century.
Website: www.societyofauthors.org | Twitter: @Soc_of_Authors

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4 May
20:00 - 21:00 BST
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