students with Alexander McCall Smith
Students with Alexander McCall Smith

On 25 March, the Edinburgh based writer, Prof Alexander McCall Smith, the author of over sixty books (including the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series and the 44 Scotland Street series), stopped between his travels around the world to come and give a talk to students on the English and Publishing degrees at Edinburgh Napier University. Dr Bashabi Fraser (lecturer in Creative Writing), who organised the event, has had a stream of messages from students and staff since then, all saying how enthralled they were by the session.

The students were both inspired and mesmerised, and took away free signed copies of McCall Smith’s books which will probably be cherished keepsakes to be shown off in the future as a reminder of what was a truly riveting experience.