Christopher Brookmyre was born in Glasgow in 1968 and educated at Glasgow University, where he earned an MA (Hons) in English and Theatre. He worked as a sub-editor in London and Edinburgh prior to the publication of his first novel, Quite Ugly One Morning, which won the First Blood Award in 1996 for the best first crime novel of the year. Fifteen further novels have followed, garnering him two Sherlock awards, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing in 2006 and the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for writing in 2007

Alex Gray was an English teacher and began writing in the 1990s. Her DCI Lorimer books began in 2002 and she is a member of the Femmes Fatales crime writing trio with Alanna Knight and Lin Anderson. Her latest novel, “A pound of flesh” was published in 2012., and in 2012, she was was one of the co-organisers of “Bloody Scotland” a giant celebration of Scotland’s crime writing.

Lin Anderson is the author of the Rhona Mcleod series of crime novels, starting with “Driftnet” in 2003 and most recently, “Picture her dead “ (2011)  and with Alex Gray was a co-organiser of “Bloody Scotland” in 2012. Lin also write screenplays, her latest being “The incredible lightness of Brian” (2006)

Aline Templeton ‘s  main protagonist is DI Marjorie Fleming (“Big Marge”) who works in Dumfries and Galloway out of the fictional town of Kirkluce. We first met her in 2005, in “Cold in the earth” set during the foot-and –mouth epidemic and most recently in “Evil for evil” (2012).  Aline will be running one of the Writing Workshops as part of “Murder in Moffat”.

Mark Douglas-Home is a successful journalist turned author. He was editor of Scotland's leading daily newspaper, The Herald, for five years and editor of The Sunday Times Scotland. He has also held senior roles with The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. He is married with two children and lives in Edinburgh. The Sea Detective (2011) is his first novel. A sequel, The Woman who Walked into the Sea, will be published in April 2013

Douglas Skelton is the author of 11 books on Scottish crime. In “Murder in Moffat”  Douglas will be talking about the Buck Ruxton murders of 1935. Buck Ruxton, a doctor in Morecambe, Lancashire  murdered his wife and maid. He dumped body parts in Gardenholme Linn  near Moffat , and the murders were solved largely because of the skill of forensics  scientists. As  a result  the case took on huge historic  significance.

Emilio (Jock ) Dicerbo is Moffat born and bred and the author of “Memories of Moffat”  and “Moffat Connections” . Jock is going to guide the trip to the sites associated with the Buck Ruxton case .

Michael Malone is an established poet and is the author of “Blood Tears” , which won the Pitlochry Prize, (Scottish Association of Writers) and his follow-up “A Taste for Malice” will be published in June 2013. In 2012 he published “Carnegie’s call” about successful Scots.

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