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Writers in Digital Times reads well

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The NUJ office in Scotland recently held an event to mark Book Week Scotland.

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.

Sponsored by Digital Unions, Scottish Union Learning, and Scottish Book Trust, Writers in Digital Times brought together a number of authors to discuss their books and the writing and publishing process.

Attendees heard from Alex Gordon, Catherine Deveney, Deedee Cuddihy, Maggie Ritchie and Mark Fisher.

Alex Gordon is the former Chief Sports Sub-Editor of the Daily Record and Sports Editor of the Sunday Mail. His latest whodunit based in Millport, Who Stole Sitting Bull? is published this month.

Catherine Deveney is a multi-award-winning journalist, feature writer, novelist and journalism training project worker. Her latest novel, The Chrysalis is a story of two people trapped in their own bodies.

Funny Scottish Books is the self-publishing empire of Glasgow freelance journalist Deedee Cuddihy who has written more than a dozen books on subjects ranging from tattoos to Tunnock’s Teacakes, including her latest which is high in demand in Dundee called Only in Dundee.

Looking for Evelyn is the latest novel by Maggie Ritchie whose debut novel, Paris Kiss (2015) won the Curtis Brown Prize, was runner up for the Sceptre Prize and long listed in the Mslexia First Novel Competition.

Mark Fisher is one of Scotland’s foremost commentators on the arts. His book, the

XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls is a 256-page edition of Limelight, the classic 1980s fanzine about pop group XTC. It features the original fanzine copies published between 1982 and 1992 plus new material for 2017.

The NUJ Scotland office offers support to members seeking advice and information about publishing. Tutor Kevin Gilmartin runs an ‘e-publishing’ course which explains the process of putting a book together for an online audience. Funded by Scottish Union Learning Fund, NUJ members can find out more by contacting the NUJ Scotland office.

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