Moira McPartlin Highland and One Island Book Tour
I visit the Highlands and Islands of Scotland regularly but, with the exception of a series of workshops in Aberdeen last year, I have never taken my two novels on tour with me. This August and September I hope to remedy that. I will be visiting bookstores, schools, libraries and writing groups throughout the Highland and Argyll. I hope you will come along and join me on my Highland One Island Book Tour.
Short Listed for the Saltire First Book Award 2012
The Incomers is a brave and searching first novel, set in Fife in the mid-1960’s, which tell the story of Ellie, a black African woman who comes to live with her white Scottish husband and their baby son in a community where no person of black African origin ever lived before. Told in rich, supple prose, McPartlin’s story is punctuated by short choral sequences in which we hear the gossiping voices of the town, rich in humour and sometimes compassion, but also capable of ignorance, cruelty and prejudice; while at home, even more painfully, Ellie has to deal with the equally arrogant and negative assumptions of the man who has married her. At a time when Scotland is debating its own possible futures, McPartlin’s bold novel comes as a sharp reminder of how close we stand to a world in which many Scottish communities were completely untouched by any idea of cultural diversity. The Saltire Award Judging Panel
Ways of The Doomed (#1 Sun Song Trilogy)
It’s the year 2089 and everything is altered. The revolutions of the 21st century have created a world divided – between the privileged few and the native (Celtic) underclass. Sorlie is enjoying a typical carefree Privileged teenage life until it is smashed apart by the cruel death of his parents and he is spirited away to live with his ice-cold grandfather at a remote island penal colony. Sorlie’s discovery that the captives are being genetically altered to remove all trace of their native origins triggers a chain of shocking events that reveal his grandfather’s terrible secrets and, ultimately, the truth about himself.
A YA future fiction novel that explores zeitgeist themes appealing to the new political engagement of teens: nationalism, prejudice and societal division.
Moira McPartlin Short Biography
Moira McPartlin made a big impact with her debut novel The Incomers, which tells the tale of a West African woman moving to a small town in 1960s Scotland. It was shortlisted for the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award and was a critical success. Moira is also a prolific writer of short stories and poetry and has been published in a variety of literary magazines. She has delivered workshops to a wide range of audiences including Shell Oil executives, teenage single mothers, refugees and asylum seekers and young offenders at HMYOI Polmont. She currently lives in Stirlingshire.
Her second novel, Ways of the Doomed, is the first book in the Sun Song Trilogy. It was published in June 2015 by Saraband.
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