Hi there Stuart,
Many thanks for adding me as a Crimespace friend. Like your good self, I am a member of the bearded community. What with Crimespace, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, what's next? How about Beardspace? All the best. Malcolm
I really enjoyed the article Tom, nice to see someone who actually likes crime fiction reporting on a crime festival.
In answer to your question, last year I described le Barclay:
"Then it was off to the bar, where the inimitable Alex Barclay (who isn't actually a man) made her usual dramatic appearance, telling everyone they looked gorgeous in a ninety mile an hour Southern Irish accent. Alex tends to create her own event horizon, frenetic energy building up to critical mass until it implodes into a gravitational well that pulls in men for miles around. Shameless hussy that she is."