Marlborough Literature Festival 2017 Events

28 September – 1 October

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Graeme Macrae Burnet – His Bloody Project

September 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Roddy Macrae has brutally murdered three people. Fact.

But why did he do it, and how does Fact differ from Truth? The savagery of Roddy’s murders is echoed in a harsh 1869 Highland setting, where the convicted are viewed as sub-human, a species with hereditary and irreversible criminal traits. The authorities – medics, lawyers, newspapers, psychiatrists and the local strongman – exert the full weight of their power and superiority to try and crush the 17- year-old crofter.

Graeme Macrae Burnet was shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2016 for his novel His Bloody Project. It examines the same crime from multiple standpoints and reinvents the psychological thriller in an intriguing format, deploying case notes, trial reports, cross examination, witness accounts and media reportage.

Graeme is one of Scotland’s brightest literary talents. Born and brought up in Kilmarnock, he worked as an English teacher in Europe and in television. His first novel, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau, received a New Writer’s Award from the Scottish Book Trust and was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read.

Graeme Macrae Burnet will be in conversation with Edmund Gordon, who is also appearing at this years Litfest. Edmund is a lecturer in English at King’s College London. 


September 30, 2017
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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St Marys Church Hall
St Marys Church