March 8th - 24th

The Friendly Festival

Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre is the author of eighteen published novels to-date, the latest being Dead Girl Walking.

In 2006 Christopher won the seventh Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction with All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses An Eye and, as is tradition, a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig was named after the winning novel.

On accepting the award, Christopher said:

"My favourite PG Wodehouse quote is ‘It is seldom difficult to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine’; today I’d like to think that I resemble the ray of sunshine."

Quite Ugly One Morning was the winner of the Critics’ First Blood Award for Best First Crime Novel of the Year in 1996.

The short story “Bampot Central” was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Macallan Short Story Dagger in 1997.

Boiling a Frog won the Sherlock Award for Best Comic Detective Novel in 2000 and Christopher became the only writer to win two Sherlocks when Be My Enemy picked up the 2004 prize.

In 2007, Christopher was given the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Writing.

Christopher has been shortlisted three times for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award: in 2007 for All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye, in 2008 for A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil and in 2012 for Where The Bodies Are Buried.

In 2005 Christopher was named Young Alumus of the Year by the University of Glasgow. He has subsequently been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Glasgow and by Edinburgh Napier University.

Website: www.brookmyre.co.uk

CB photo: Tricia Malley, Ross Gillespie www.broaddaylightltd.co.uk

Chris will be selling signed copies of his books.

We will also hear some of our local Lochwinnoch creative writer’s original work.