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Alexander McCall Smith

Tue 16 Nov 2021

7.30pm

Festival Theatre

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Ticket prices

£37* (includes book)
£23.50* ticket only

* Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. A £1 handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.

Live at the Festival Theatre

Tilted presents

Alexander McCall Smith

in session with Fiona Lindsay

Live at the Festival Theatre

One of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors, Alexander McCall Smith, joins Fiona Lindsay in session to discuss the new instalment in his much-loved Scotland Street series, Love in the Time of Bertie.

Life for Bertie seems to be moving at a pace that is rather out of his control. In Drummond Place gardens it seems that Olive has their future together all planned out. Meanwhile, upstairs at 44 Scotland Street, Bertie’s father Stuart is powerless to stop over-bearing Irene and her motion for Bertie to travel to Aberdeen on a three-month secondment. And, further up in the New Town, while Bruce Anderson plots with old-school chums, love blossoms in Big Lou’s Cafe.

Intertwining their live discussion with footage shot on location in Edinburgh, Alexander invites us into his home to his study where he writes surrounded by paintings and books, he takes us to Valvona and Crolla, Scotland's oldest Delicatessen and Italian Wine Merchant which features in his books and, of course, to Scotland Street itself, the New Town street which is as full of personality as any of the characters he creates.  They will delve into Alexander’s illustrious career, his warm-hearted, humorous, and wonderfully wise new novel, and what inspires him to keep writing.

There will be a book signing after the show. A limited number of copies of Life in the Time of Bertie will be available to purchase on the evening, but we would recommend purchasing a copy with your ticket, saving £4.50 on RRP.

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the highly successful No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty-five million copies. Since then he has devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books translated into over forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, the Von Igelfeld series and the Corduroy Mansions novels.

Fiona Lindsay creates, curates and presents unique entertainment content for theatres, broadcast, digital and film. Recent original work for BBC Radio 4 includes Pick of the Week shows, In the Studio, The Half with Steve Davis and Craige Els, Creative Forces with Dawn French and Juliet Stevenson, Breaking Bard, Dexter and Dodd with Ken Dodd and Colin Dexter and Theatre Lives for Digital Theatre with Julie Walters, Adrian Lester, Michael Grandage, Imelda Staunton and Juliet Stevenson.   She has hosted some of the country’s leading performers and entertainers in conversation events. With a specialism in theatre and entertainment Fiona works across a variety of forms and with an eclectic mix of guests. She is a talented performer, interviewer and writer who demonstrates a rare mix of charm and gentle provocation.

 

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Watch at Home

This show is live at the Festival Theatre, but also available online to watch at home. If you prefer to watch at home, please click this link to book.

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call box office to buy your tickets. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements, please phone the box office who can advise. Our staff can be called on 0131 529 6000, by using Text Relay on 18002 0131 529 6003, or emailed at bookings@capitaltheatres.com.

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