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Kirsty Crawford meets Friends of Kelso Library

The debut novelist Kirsty Crawford entertained an audience of over 20 people at Kelso Library on Wednesday 21st September. Kirsty had travelled by train from London to visit Kelso, where she was very impressed with the warmth of our welcome.

Kirsty talked about her novel "Other Women" and how most fiction novels have an element of autobiography, as authors draw on people they have met, places they have been and other events, to craft their story. In her case the inspiration for Other Women was drawn from her experience as a child, coming from New Zealand to live in a large house which had been divided in two. The resulting clash of cultures formed a framework on which the novel is based.

Her time as a publishing editor was compared to her new career as a writer, she revealed that it is a very difficult task to write books. She commented that it would be very difficult to edit your own work, as a fresh eye is required to spot little anomalies. It is very easy to have your characters eating the same meal all the time!

She has edited a book of travel quotations from across the centuries "Much have I travell'd" for Cadogan press, which is a "journey across the ages, visiting the riches of travel".

Answering questions from the floor, she provided useful information for would be authors in the audience.

Andrew Thomson gave the vote of thanks and refreshments were served, when Kirsty was able to talk individually to people who found her very approachable.

Before she left for her journey back to London, Kirsty kindly donated a copy of her book to Kelso Library.

A very enjoyable and informative afternoon was had by all and thanks must be expressed to Alasdair Hutton for arranging the event and Andrew Thomson for all his organisation.

The next meeting of Friends of Kelso Library is on the 4th October at 6pm in the library - All Welcome

Kirsty Crawford meets Friends of Kelso Library, Scotland

Kelso Scotland, Scottish Borders UK