Val McDermid is a number one bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over sixteen million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011. In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and in 2017 received the DIVA Literary Prize for Crime, and was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Val has served as a judge for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize, and was Chair of the Wellcome Book Prize in 2017. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates and is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She writes full-time and divides her time between Edinburgh and East Neuk of Fife.
Events at Word
THE GREAT NGAIO MARSH GAME SHOW & AWARDSSaturday 14th September, 2019 7:30 pm
Don’t miss this night of brain teasers and laughs as two teams of crime writers, with captains Vanda Symon and Paul Cleave, and special guest Val McDermid, compete for the title of Sharpest Knives, followed by the presentation of the Ngaio Marsh Awards.
VAL MCDERMID: HOW THE DEAD SPEAKFriday 13th September, 2019 6:00 pm
To kick off a weekend celebrating the 2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards, we welcome the charismatic Val McDermid, formidable Scottish crime writer, appearing in conversation with crime fiction aficionado Ruth Todd.