Posts Tagged ‘Douglas Skelton’

Readers’ Afternoon at Troon Library

April 12, 2018

Sunday 22 April, 2pm – 5pm at Troon Library

Enjoy a thrilling line-up of popular local authors and a cream tea at our Readers’ Afternoon. Douglas Skelton, Pat Young and Michael J Malone will be talking about their books, inspiration and approach to writing. We hope you can join us for this lively afternoon for book lovers at Troon Library.


2.00pm – 2.30pm Douglas Skelton

2.30pm – 3.00pm Pat Young

3.00pm – 3.30pm Break for cream tea

3.30pm – 4.00pm Michael J Malone

4.00pm – 4.45pm Q & A Session

Tickets cost £7, including cream tea and author talks, are available to purchase at Troon Library.

Troon Library, South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF  Tel. 01292 315352


Book Week Scotland: You, the Jury with Douglas Skelton

November 21, 2016

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Thursday 24 November, 7pm at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

Join us for this innovative and exciting Book Week Scotland event…After listening to the evidence presented, the audience get to decide the fate of the defendant. The scenarios are all based on true court cases. Is your judgement correct? Join in and find out!

To book your free place: Tel: 01292 286385 or visit Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

The Crime Factor Live Tour 2016 at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

May 25, 2016

Crime Fest

Four crime writers in search of a plot

Join us for an evening of intrigue when four Scottish crime writers will be discussing and answering questions about all aspects of crime novels, including plotting, writing, plus general death and destruction.

Author Peter Burnett will chair the discussions and attempts to keep the hilarity and body count under control.

Thursday 16 June 2016, at 7.30pm 

To book your free place drop in to Ayr’s Carnegie Library or
Tel: 01292 286385

Bookbug gets set for Book Week Scotland

November 22, 2014


Bookbug is dressed up in his kilt in anticipation of Book Week Scotland.  He is so excited that he will be taking part in some of our events next week.  Here he is surrounded by some of his favourite Scottish books.  He could not decide which one to choose so borrowed them all!

  • A wee book of fairy tales by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson
  • Bletherton Braes by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson
  • The Gruffalo in Scots by Julia Donaldson
  • Katie in Scotland by James Mayhew
  • Katie’s A-Z by Karen Sutherland
  • Katie’s beasties by Karen Sutherland
  • King o’ the midden by Matthew Fitt and James Robertson
  • Precious and the puggies by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Rabbie’s Rhymes by Robert Burns (illustrated by Karen Sutherland)
  • Room on the broom in Scots by Julia Donaldson

Find these titles and lots more on our online catalogue


Book Week Scotland Events 2014

All events are free, but places must be booked.

Murder at the Ravenswick Hotel by Ann Cleeves

Monday 24th November, 7.30pm at Troon Library
Thursday 27th November 7.30pm at Carnegie Library, Ayr

We all know how Cluedo works and we all love a good story, so get your detective hat on and see if you can work out who the murderer is in this whodunnit.

There’s Been a Murder… with Douglas Skelton
Wednesday 26th November, 7pm at Carnegie Library, Ayr

Douglas Skelton is a journalist and author. He has written a number of true crime books, including Blood on the Thistle, Devils Gallop and Frightener.

FAMILY EVENT: Louis goes to the Library
Saturday 29th November, 2pm at Carnegie Library, Ayr

Louis the spaniel, star of the Louis books will be appearing at Carnegie Library. He will be bringing his owner Gillian Muir who will tell us about his latest adventures. Louis might get a woof or two in too.

To book for any of these events please contact:

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF tel: 01292 315352

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB tel: 01292 286385



There’s Been a Murder…Book Week Scotland Event with Author Douglas Skelton

October 24, 2014

DOUGLAS SKELTON is an established true crime author, penning eleven books including Glasgow’s Black Heart, Frightener and Indian Peter. He has appeared on a variety of documentaries and news programmes as an expert on Glasgow crime, most recently in the Glasgow programme of Gangs of Britain with Martin and Gary Kemp. His 2005 book Indian Peter was later adapted for a BBC Scotland radio documentary which he presented. His book Frightener, co-written with Lisa Brownlie, was instrumental in cleaning the names of two men wrongly imprisoned for mass murder and is currently being developed as a feature film. Blood City is his first foray into fiction.

Wednesday 26 November 2014,  7pm – 8pm, Carnegie Library, Ayr

This is a free event event, but places must be booked.  Please contact: Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB  Tel: 01292 286385

Find Douglas Skelton titles on our library catalogue.

This event is part of our Book Week Scotland Celebrations, Follow our blog for details of more events coming up.


Crime Writing Month events at Carnegie Library

May 23, 2014

Join us in June for a month of crime

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National Crime Writing Month is a unique literary festival throughout the UK which promotes the Crime genre, both fiction and non-fiction. It provides readers with the opportunity to explore the latest and best crime writing, as well as to discover (or rediscover) many classic writers.

To celebrate we have organised a variety of events including; a book group murder mystery social evening, author talks, a crime writing workshop and an old Ayr crime walk.  We really hope you can join us for a month of crime related thrills.

Round Old Ayr Crime Walk: led by Tom Barclay

Tuesday 3 June, 2pm
Thursday 12 June, 6pm
Friday 20 June, 2pm
Thursday 26 June, 6pm

Come with local history librarian Tom Barclay on a walking tour of town centre sites associated with the rebels, smugglers, body-snatchers, common criminals and thief-takers who have all played dramatic parts in the town’s colourful past. Meet at Carnegie Library, Ayr (The walk lasts 1 hour).
Tickets £3, available from Carnegie Library. Refreshments provided.

Author Douglas Skelton
Wednesday 4 June, Carnegie Library, 7pm

Douglas Skelton is an established true crime author, who is now branching into fiction. He has published 11 books on true crime and history. His first thriller BLOOD CITY was published by Luath Press in 2013. The gritty thriller is the first in a series set on the tough streets of Glasgow from 1980 onwards.
Tickets £3, available from Carnegie Library. Refreshments provided.

Book Group Social Evening: Murder Mystery Night
Monday 9 June, Carnegie Library, 7.30pm

Get your Poirot hat on there is a Murder Mystery scenario to solve! Open to all Book Group members or anyone who may be interested in joining one of our Book Groups.
Tickets £3, available from Carnegie Library. Refreshments provided.

Author Brandon Rolfe, The Analyst
Wednesday 18 June, Carnegie Library, 7pm

Set in Victorian London, The Analyst follows a trail of intrigue in a realistic period setting reflecting a ‘modern’ scientific society that still drags a dark underside of squalid desolation. It tells of a grim struggle – a tragedy – of a man’s sanity slipping away, gradually deteriorating to the point of him eventually going over the edge with horrendous consequences.
Tickets £3, available from Carnegie Library. Refreshments provided.

Author Tony Black, The Inglorious Dead
Wednesday 25 June, Carnegie Library, 7pm

Described by Irvine Welsh as his “favourite British crime writer”
The new Doug Michie crime novel by Tony Black, the acclaimed Scottish writer. Full of intrigue, lies, secrets, and illicit sexual encounters, this is a must-read for all fans of crime noir.
Tickets £3, available from Carnegie Library. Refreshments provided.

Murder Mystery Writing Workshop with Michael J Malone
Saturday 28 June, Carnegie Library, 2-5pm

A must for anyone who is interested in writing, crime drama, crime fiction or a ‘Who Dunnit’.
Tickets £3, available from Carnegie Library. Refreshments provided.

Booking Information

For more information on any of these events please contact Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

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