At Ringwood Publishing &Waterstones UK
Book Launch Events
INVERNESS Library - Thu. 28 Sept.- Ness Book Fest
THURSO Library - Fri. 13 Oct.- 5-6.30pm
EDINBURGH - Typewronger Bookshop - Mon. 16 Oct. - 7.00-8.30pm
GLASGOW Arlington Baths - Tue. 14 Nov. - 5.30-7.00pm - Book Week Scotland
"Set in the Highlands, this enthralling supernatural mystery is filled with myths and forbidden love. This thrilling debut novel is a modern retelling of the ancient Celtic myth Deirdre of the Sorrows "
Dawn Geddes, Scottish Bookshelf
Review by Jim Johnston for the Northern Times
The NorthernTimes, Friday October 6, 2023
"And the Celtic legend – Deirdre of the Sorrows – as a vehicle to reimagine this discovery. She was closely attuned to the natural world & had an dà-sheallach [the second sight].”
“The landscape has created the kind of people who lived here & continue to do so. And vice versa. Each is totally a result of the other."
Fiona read excerpts from the book, answered audience questions & signed copies of the book. Special guests, Nuala & Callum, two Advanced Higher students from Ullapool High School & native Gaelic speakers shared their thoughts & asked questions. “Gaelic is a bit like poetry, it’s lovely,” Fiona said.
With particular thanks to Fiona Mackenzie from the Strathnaver Clearance Museum for her insightful discussion with Fiona Gillan Kerr about the culture of the Highlands in light of its often tragic history. Ringwood intern, Ashleigh Tucker, chaired a fantastic evening and a great discussion with the audience.
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For this event we were joined by Gaelic student Ailsa, who spoke to Fiona about the Gaelic and Highlands culture in the novel, particularly the oral storytelling, singing and ceilidh traditions. We had a fantastic evening of readings, Q&A’s, and discussion about history, dreams, folklore, ghosts, and sheep herding!
Fiona - with Ringwood intern, Rosie - discussed the inspirations behind her writing, her connections to Scotland and the Highlands. Gaelic student, Ailsa Morgan then joined the discussion about Highland history, Gaelic phrases, and how the landscape has changed over the last few decades.
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