Get to know the authors: Catherine Simpson @cath_simpson13 and Isla Dewar @IslaDewar1

Saturday 8th October: 1.30-2.30pm, Library Upstairs


Novelists Isla Dewar, Women Talking Dirtyand Catherine Simpson, Truestory, discuss their adventures while writing, the catharsis they’ve experienced and problems they’ve encountered. They exchange views on favourite books, favourite bits of books, books they’d wish they’d written and books they’d like to write. Find out about their heroines, both living and on the page, and about the characters they admire, fear, love and hate.

Isla Dewar             

Isla Dewar was born in Edinburgh but now lives in the East Neuk of Fife with her husband. Prior to writing and publishing her novels Isla wrote articles for newspapers and magazines. Her first novel, Keeping Up with Magda, published in 1995, has been followed by a string of bestsellers: Giving Up on Ordinary, It Could Happen to You, Women Talking Dirty, Two Kinds of Wonderful, The Woman Who Painted Her Dreams and Dancing in a Distant Place. Her most recent novel, A Winter Bride, is set in 1950s Edinburgh.

Catherine Simpson         Truestory

Catherine Simpson was raised on a dairy farm in Lancashire. She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for her debut novel, Truestory, which was inspired by her experience of raising a child with autism.  You can read a review of Truestory on Portobello Book Blog by clicking here.