The Who’s Who of the Orenda Roadshows – Part One

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing my memories of Orenda Roadshow’s past, but what you really want to know is about the authors appearing at Orenda Roadshows yet to come. So over the course of this week I’ll be spotlighting all of the fabulous talent you can find if you turn up to one of the five events happening around the country from 24th – 28th February.

Today I’m starting with two of the authors who are appearing at the Glasgow event – Doug Johnstone and David F. Ross. This is their only date on the tour so if you are a fan, then you need to get yourself over to Waterstones Sauciehall Street on 24th February and join me and a bunch of other Orenda Books aficionados, as we marvel in their wit, wisdom(?), and definitely their reading from their lovely, lovely books.

For those who don’t yet know what an Orenda Roadshow is – and if not why not? – it is your opportunity to meet and greet and listen to one of the largest collections of authors outside of a traditional book festival. The Glasgow event features eleven of Orenda Books finest authors, all of whose books I can heartily recommend. If you are a big fan of the authors, or the publisher, even if you are just interested in trying out new books from a highly diverse range of writers (there are people here from as far away as Norway, Finland, Germany, France and New Zealand as well as the UK) then this is the place you want to be. So without further ado, it’s time to introduce you to the first two of this fabulous bunch.

About the Author

Doug Johnstone is the author of ten novels, most recently Breakers (2018), which was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his books have been bestsellers and award winners, and his work has been praised by the likes of Val McDermid, Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions, and has been an arts journalist for twenty years. Doug is a songwriter and musician with five albums and three EPs released, and he plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also player-manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh.

Books By Doug Johnstone

About the Author

David F. Ross was born in Glasgow in 1964 and has lived in Kilmarnock for over thirty years. He is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture at Glasgow School of Art, an architect by day, and a hilarious social media commentator, author and enabler by night. His most prized possession is a signed Joe Strummer LP. Since the publication of his debut novel The Last Days of Disco, he’s become something of a media celebrity in Scotland, with a signed copy of his book going for £500 at auction, and the German edition has not left the bestseller list since it was published.

Books By David F. Ross

The full line up for the Glasgow event is as follows: David F. Ross; Doug Johnstone; Helen FitzGerald; Louise Beech; Thomas Enger; Johana Gustawsson; Simone Buchholz; Antti Tuomainen; Michael J. Malone; Matt Wesolowski and Vanda Symon. Tickets are already on sale for the event and it promises to be very popular, so head on over to the website here and grab your tickets while you still can.

The full list of events for 2020 is here:

24th February: Waterstones Glasgow
25th February: Drake the Bookshop, Stockton on Tees
26th February: Linghams Booksellers, Heswall
27th February: The Bookcase, Lowdham
28th February: Griffin Books, Penarth

Appearing in Stockton: Helen FitzGerald; Louise Beech; Thomas Enger; Johana Gustawsson; Simone Buchholz; Antti Tuomainen; Michael J. Malone; Matt Wesolowski; Vanda Symon; Will Carver; Kjell Ola Dahl; Helga Flatland

Appearing in Heswall: Helen FitzGerald; Louise Beech; Thomas Enger; Johana Gustawsson; Simone Buchholz; Antti Tuomainen; Michael J. Malone; Matt Wesolowski; Vanda Symon; Will Carver; Kjell Ola Dahl; Helga Flatland

Appearing in Southwell: Helen FitzGerald; Louise Beech; Thomas Enger; Johana Gustawsson; Simone Buchholz; Antti Tuomainen; Michael J. Malone; Matt Wesolowski; Vanda Symon; Will Carver; Kjell Ola Dahl; West Camel

Appearing in Penarth: Helen FitzGerald; Louise Beech; Thomas Enger; Johana Gustawsson; Simone Buchholz; Antti Tuomainen; Michael J. Malone; Matt Wesolowski; Vanda Symon; Will Carver; Kjell Ola Dahl; West Camel; Matt Johnson

I hope to see you at one of the events. I am trying my best to get to them all – four confirmed – one to sort out (but I am fairly determined).

Have a brilliantly bookish day everyone.

Jen

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