A. L. Kennedy book launch Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse

12 October 2015

We are pleased to announce that A. L. Kennedy will do an Angus launch of her new novel Doctor Who: The Drosten’s Curse which is based in Arbroath.

This event celebrates and discusses the newest addition to the BBC Books series of Doctor Who books which is written by Scottish author A. L. Kennedy, known for her critically acclaimed novels The Blue Book, Day, Paradise and So I Am Glad.

The book, which has been eagerly awaited and received by Doctor Who fans, is set in Arbroath and surrounding area with scenes also playing out at the historic St Vigeans site to the north of the town.

The evening will be hosted by Peggy Hughes who manages Literary Dundee and provides an opportunity to hear A. L. Kennedy speak about her process of writing the book and to ask her questions.

The initial introduction, readings and questions will take place in Hospitalfield’s beautiful Victorian Picture Gallery and the evening will continue with an informal launch party and book signing in the Music Room with refreshments.

Read more about A. L. Kennedy on her website…

Buy event tickets here…


A. L. Kennedy was born in Dundee in 1965. The author of 15 books, (6 novels, 6 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction), she has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and has won a number of other awards, including the Costa Book of the Year for her 2007 novel Day. A huge Doctor Who fan, she contributed a short story to the Doctor Who: Time Trips collection last year, and was inspired to develop it into a full length novel. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at Warwick University.



We are working with Waterstone’s Dundee who will supply books for sale at the book signing.


Read some reviews of the book:

The Arbroath Herald “Sonic screwdrivers will be smokin’ for local fans of the hit BBC series Doctor Who who have a reason to become even more excited.”

The Scotsman “The Drosten’s Curse is, despite much slimy gruesomeness, a very human book.”

Blogter Who “A L Kennedy lays out the numerous threads early in the story, then sets about artfully and intriguingly weaving them together… creating a fast-paced chiaroscuro of humour and horror.”

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