Top author speaks at FVC Alloa Campus

Chris Brookmyre at Alloa Campus

Top author speaks at FVC Alloa Campus

Best selling Scottish crime fiction author Christopher Brookmyre read from his latest novel - Black Widow – at Forth Valley College’s Alloa Campus this week as part of Book Week Scotland.

More than 80 staff, students and local high school pupils packed into the Learning Resource Centre at the Campus on the afternoon of Tuesday 22 November, as he also talked about his early days as an author, what inspires him and answered questions from the audience.

Chris, said:

“I very much enjoyed my reading here at Forth Valley College’s Alloa Campus. When you do something like this, you are not sure if the audience is familiar with your work and there was a mix of age groups in the room. But I am hoping they took away some impression of what I do.

“My advice to anyone thinking of becoming a writer is to write about something that you have a huge passion and enthusiasm for - if it is not fun for you to write then it won’t be fun for people to read.”

When asked why FVC staff and students should read his latest book - Black Widow - Chris said: “It will keep them guessing!”

Jane Fowell, Learning Resource Centre Manager at Forth Valley College said:

“It was great to welcoming such a popular, well-respected novelist to our Alloa Campus during National Book Week. Chris is an excellent public speaker and it was a privilege to hear more about his award winning novel ‘Black Widow’ and his writing career at first hand.  We hope the event will encourage our staff and students to pick his novels up and develop their love of reading. We’re also hopeful that Chris will inspire more budding authors to follow their dreams of writing a book.”

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