Val Mcdermid Speaks at The University of Aberdeen

Lady Joan Catto with Val Mcdermid and CEO of Wellbeing, Tina Weaver
The acclaimed crime writer Val Mcdermid visited the University of Aberdeen to talk about her new book Broken Ground in aid of Wellbeing of Women.
The lunch at the Elphinstone Hall was held to raise money for the charity on Thursday 1st November.
Guests were also treated to the chart-topping University of Aberdeen Chapel Choir, conducted by the University’s Royal Composer Professor Paul Mealor.
Wellbeing’s Philanthropy Manager Alice Pakenham, said:”Wellbeing of Women’s lunch with Val McDermid at the University of Aberdeen was a spectacular affair. Elphinstone Hall is a stunning venue, and we really enjoyed the afternoon amongst such lovely women and felt very lucky to be there.
“Val is such an entertaining and captivating raconteur and it was fascinating to learn how her characters and plots come together.
“Thank you so much for having us.”

Talking to the Press and Journal prior to the event, Val said: “I always enjoy a warm welcome in Aberdeen, so I’m looking forward to this lunch in the historic university precinct. I’ll be sharing stories about my life and work, and my new book, Broken Ground.

“Most importantly, though, the funds raised will contribute to Wellbeing of Women’s research into women’s health.

“I’ve supported their work for a number of years because what they do is vital for women, their families and all our futures.”

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. 

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).

Wellbeing of Women would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in the event and supporting women’s health.

We’re particularly grateful to Val Mcdermid, the University of Aberdeen and everyone who attended the lunch.