Queen of Crime Val McDermid will be in conversation with Wellbeing CEO Tina Weaver in the beautiful setting of Elphinstone Hall on the University of Aberdeen’s King’s College campus on Thursday 1 November at 12pm.
The best-selling author will be talking about her work, life and new book ‘Broken Ground’ in one of the most stunning and ancient venues at the University.
Guests will also be treated to the chart-topping University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir, conducted by the University’s Royal Composer Professor Paul Mealor.
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Val has sold over 15 million books to date, in over 40 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green.
As well as producing a bestselling novel every year, Val is a regular on TV, radio and in print. Her recent projects include two BBC Radio 4 dramas, chairing the Wellcome Book Prize and captaining the 2016 winning University Challenge alumnae team!
Her awards, too numerous to list, include the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award, the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year, the Grand Prix des Romans D’Aventure, the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award and the LA Times Book of the Year Award, as well as Celebrity Mastermind champion! She is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and The Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Val will be discussing her writing, her inspirations and the fatal attraction of crime fiction!
The University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir and Professor Paul Mealor
The University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir is an auditioned choir comprising students and staff of the Music Department. The choir specialises in contemporary music and has worked with many distinguished composers including James MacMillan, Judith Weir and Morten Lauridsen, as well as Stephen Layton, Christopher Bell, James Jordan and Ralph Allwood. In March 2017, their CD ‘Immortal Memory’ reached number 3 in the UK Classical charts. The choir sings at regular University services and for special events at the University.
Conductor and Professor in Composition Professor Paul Mealor was catapulted to international stardom in April 2011, when 2.5 billion people (the largest audience in broadcasting history) heard his Motet, Ubi caritas, performed at the Royal Wedding Ceremony of His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton (now TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge) at Westminster Abbey. Paul was also the first classical composer to hold both the classical and pop chart No 1’s at the same time in December 2011, securing the UK Christmas No 1 with his piece for The Military Wives Choir and Gareth Malone, ‘Wherever You Are’.
Paul has received many awards and honours for his music and is President and Patron of many organisations. In January 2018, HM Queen Elizabeth II appointed him an Officer of the Venerable Order of St John (OStJ).
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