Happy New Year – getting the year off to a great start……….

We have a very exciting start to 2013 lined up.

Not only do we announce the winners of the Baker Prize, we also have best-selling author Sara Sheridan visiting us at the Skeabost Hotel on 29 January. The evening event starts at 7.00p.m. and is free.

Sara is an Edinburgh-based historical novelist who writes two different kinds of books. One is a series of cosy crime noir mysteries set in Brighton in the 1950s – Brighton Belle – and the other is a set of novels based on the real-life stories of late Georgian and early Victorian explorers and adventurers (1820 – 1845) – The Secret Mandarin and Secret of the Sands.

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She has also written for children – her picture book I’m Me has appeared on CBeebies three times. She received a Scottish Library Award for Truth or Dare, her first novel, and was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize. She has co-written two short films, one of which was nominated for a SkyMoviesMax Award.

An occasional journalist and blogger, Sara appears on BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and occasionally blogs for the Guardian and the London Review of Books. She has written articles for a variety of newspapers from the Scotsman to the Daily Express. She is a twitter evangelist and a self-confessed swot.

And as if all of this isn’t enough, Sara sits on the Committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland where she recently was responsible for negotiating a pioneering service level agreement between Scottish writers and publishers, in tandem with Publishing Scotland. She is also on the board of the UK-wide writers’ collective ’26’ and took part in the acclaimed 26 Treasures project in 2010 at the V&A, in 2011 at the National Museum of Scotland and in 2012 at the Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green.

She is a member of the Historical Writers Association and the Crime Writers Association and Sara mentors fledgling writers for the Scottish Book Trust.

In October 2012 Brighton Belle went to No 1 in the Amazon Kindle chart UK – overtaking both 50 Shades of Grey and JK Rowling’s recently released adult novel for a brief period – Sara is currently writing the third novel in this series London Calling, the second novel is due to be published in March and we’re given to understand that the series may be televised.

Sara will be talking about the history event that goes alongside Brighton Belle which explains where it came from, her attachment to history, and reading from Brighton Belle as well as answering questions.

She will be running a couple of seminars in the afternoon – more information on these will be posted in the next few days.

This event is free and has been joint-funded by Skye Reading Room and the Live Literature Fund, which is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland and managed by Scottish Book Trust.

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