MacDougall's back-catalogue includes television and radio series, as well as non-fiction, short stories and three prize-winning novels. Butler was born in Puerto Rico but has lived and worked in Scotland since 1999, and is secretary of the Scottish Association of Writers.
Dunfermline and all that jazz
THE Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline has announced a continuation of its jazz programme beyond the venue's hosting of trad jazz legend Chris Barber (above), former Average White Band singer-guitarist Hamish Stuart and Woodhill High School Jazz Band during Fife Jazz Festival on February 7 and 8. One of the world's leading jazz guitarists, Martin Taylor, plays a solo concert on March 21 and Dublin-born singer Christine Tobin presents her Herald Angel-winning show A Thousand Kisses Deep with her trio on May 29.
On song and in Partick
JAZZ Choir Scotland, a harmony ensemble that meets to rehearse on Mondays at 7.30pm in Partick Burgh Hall, has a concert in the same venue on Sunday January 19 at 3.30pm. Tunes include The Girl From Ipanema, The Pink Panther, and They Can't Take That Away From Me and guest artistes are promised. Tickets are £5. New members are welcome to join rehearsals anytime, no audition is necessary.
EDINBURGH'S Click Clack Club celebrates the new year and the 60th birthday of organiser Steve Kettley with a special bill of old friends and new bands on Thursday, January 23, at Henry's Cellar Bar. Jazz, funk and improv outfit Fingers on Buzzers, harpist Savourna Stevenson and her guitarist son Miles Norris, and Kettley's band - jazz, blues, reggae and beyond sextet Pygmies - play from 8-10.30pm. A late bar extends the party to 1am.
Chamber season starts
LUNCHTIME chamber music at Musselburgh's Brunton Theatre, supported by Creative Scotland, begins for 2014 on Tuesday, February 11, with lunch served from noon and music from 1pm. Pianist Richard Uttley's programme ranges from Scarlatti, through Rachmaninov, to Berg and Berio. On Tuesday March 4, cellist Philip Higham plays Bach Cello Suites and on Tuesday April 8 soprano Anna Huntley is accompanied by James Bailleu in songs by Mahler, Schubert, Debussy and Cole Porter. Tickets for all are £6, or £12 with lunch.