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."
Ah, thank you all for your kind, slightly drunken words...
I've been locked out of Crimespace for about a month now, so I'm glad to be back. Now all I need to do is find a way to brainwash you all into going out and voting for the Theakston's, because I'm a greedy bastard and you can never have too many little wooden beer barrels!
Hi Stuart - I just finished COLD GRANITE and I wanted to say how thoroughly I enjoyed it. Loved the characters and thought the story was terrific, and very, very well told. (It was bloody cold, an' all - I had to keep putting the fire on in the evening, all that damn wind and snow was in my bones!) Thanks - and congrats on the CWA nomination, too. Best of luck! Jools