A GROUP of Scotland’s crime writers are to promote Scottish literature in India.

Val McDermid, Graeme Macrae Burnet and Abir Mukherjee will be championing contemporary Scottish crime fiction at the Kolkata Literary Festival (KLF), held inside the International Kolkata Book Fair.

There they will launch Bloody Scotland, an anthology of dark Scottish tales, published for the first time in India.

The activities are part of a project supported by the British Council to help Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s crime writing festival, reach international audiences.

The anthology features a dozen stories from writers including Lin Anderson, Ann Cleeves and Denise Mina.

Rights were sold to Kolkata-based publisher BEE Books by Edinburgh-based Historic Environment Scotland.

The book will also be published in the US by Pegasus.

The writers will be in India for the first two weeks of February.

Bloody Scotland Chair Jenny Brown, said: “We know from our visit to KLF last year that there is a huge appetite for Scottish classics including the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde – now we want readers to try contemporary writing."


MUSEUMS Galleries Scotland (MGS) has received £535,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as part of the Skills for the Future programme.

The project will train 22 non-graduates from diverse backgrounds during a one year paid learning placement in museums across Scotland.

Trainees will experience all aspects of museums work, from collections to volunteer management, and from marketing to delivering a learning programme.

Along the way, they’ll also be completing a vocational qualification (SVQ3) in Museums and Galleries Practice.

Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, added: "The heritage sector is becoming more and more popular as a career option with demand for traineeships such as the Museums Galleries Scotland programme, exceedingly high.

"With this level of demand, it can be difficult for those not in higher education to get a foot in the door. www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk

GLASGOW Women’s Library has announced details of a new exhibition by New Zealand artist Fiona Jack inspired by her suffragette ancestor Helen Crawfurd.

Entitled Our Red Aunt is is launched on February 1.

Crawfurd (1877 –1954) was a prominent Scottish suffragette, Rent Strike organiser, and Communist activist.

The exhibition takes place in Glasgow Women’s Library’s premises in Bridgeton, less than a mile away from where Crawfurd campaigned on Glasgow Green in the early 1900s.

2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of The People’s Act and Glasgow Women’s Library, the sole Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s history, are launching a year of #Vote100 celebrations with this exhibition of a body of new work

inspired both by one of Scotland’s prominent Suffragettes and by Glasgow Women’s Library’s unique environment and resources.

The show runs until Saturday 17th March.

It is free to view and can be visited during GWL opening hours.