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Award-winning Stenhousemuir writer to perform at ‘Bloody Scotland’

An award-winning Stenhousemuir-born writer is to perform a segment from his debut novel at an international book festival in Stirling this weekend.

Glyn Harper- who writes under the name GD Harper- will appear at the Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling’s city centre on Saturday (9 September) as part the ‘Bloody Scotland’ festival.

The three-day long event celebrates the best crime fiction from both Scottish and international writers.

Harper will appear during the ‘Crime in the Spotlight’ segment, which highlights 12 undiscovered crime writers from the UK and the world, alongside Scandinavian crime writers Lin Anderson, Ragnar Jonasson and Thomas Enger.

The ex-Larbert High pupil, who now lives near Fort William, explained how he switched from business-man to author:

“After thirty-five years in business, I found I had an urge to write, drawing on the time I was at University of Glasgow in the mid 1970s.”

Glyn’s writing has placed third in the Lightship Prize for first-time authors and shortlisted for best first chapter at the UK Festival of Writing.

His novel ‘Love’s Long Road’ follows the story of a woman who leads a double life after blaming herself for her boyfriends suicide.

The organisers of Bloody Scotland said: “Being selected for the Crime in the Spotlight is like being asked to be the support band on a major stadium tour- a bit like what Travis were to Oasis.

“It’s a great opportunity to perform in front of a vast audience of potential fans.”

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