Friday, August 12, 2011

Towns celebrate literacy links to crime novel 80 years on

I'm a day late with this - sorry about that!

From The Galloway News, Aug 11, 2011: Towns celebrate literacy links to crime novel 80 years on
SHE is one of the most respected crime writers of the 20th century.

And tomorrow enthusiasts will descend on the Stewartry to celebrate the life and works of writer Dorothy L Sayers.

It will be the start of a four-day visit to the area by members of the Dorothy L Sayers Society. The members will be visiting to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Five Red Herrings, which is set in Gatehouse and Kirkcudbright.

Dorothy L Sayers is best remembered for her crime series featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, set between World War One and World War Two.

Local society member David Steel will be taking visitors on a walking tour around Kirkcudbright. He said: “I am looking forward to it. It has been many years since the society held its convention here. It will also be a boost for the local economy. Dorothy Sayers set the book in Gatehouse and Kirkcudbright because it was suggested to her by a local. Her husband, Mac Fleming knew artists in Gatehouse and she used a lot of their houses and studios for scenes in the book.”

Around 50 members of the society are expected to visit the Stewartry over the weekend and members of the public are welcome to attend two afternoon talks in Kirkcudbright on Saturday at the Parish Church Hall.

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