Val McDermid


County Buildings
In person & Online event
Fri 24 Sep
14:00 UK
Free, ticketed

This is a live audience event. Participants will be on stage in the venue. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

Join the Queen of Crime as she travels back in time to kick off an exciting new series. 1979 takes place during the winter of discontent, when reporter Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. As one of the only women in the newsroom, she’s looking for something explosive to break into the boys’ club. Soon she’s embroiled in exposing respectable Scotland’s criminal underbelly — making dangerous enemies along the way. 

About the author: Val McDermid is an award-winning, number one bestseller whose novels have sold over seventeen million copies. She’s a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and has been a judge for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize, and Chair of the Wellcome Book Prize in 2017.

Sponsored by ReadingLasses 

1979 is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE


Wigtown Book Festival Events

This year's programme is a combination of physical and digital events. Please ensure you book correctly. Digital events will stream through the homepage of with young adult events streaming through the YA page.

Unless otherwise stated, events will last between 45 minutes - 1 hour.

Full Terms and Conditions for attending this year's Festival in person can be found on our website.

Asking questions
On live-streamed events, questions can be put into the live chat box on YouTube or by clicking the 'ask a question' box below the stream on the homepage of the website and they will be forwarded to the speakers.

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