Glenlivet and Alexander McCall Smith celebrate Book Week Scotland

Glenlivet and Alexander McCall Smith celebrate Book Week Scotland

The Malt Whisky Trail has partnered up with master storyteller Alexander McCall Smith for a virtual event

News | 16 Nov 2020

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As part of the celebration of Book Week Scotland, The Malt Whisky Trail is welcoming Alexander McCall Smith to virtually bring literature and laughter to the masses.

As part of the collaboration with The Glenlivet Distillery, McCall Smith, who is known and loved for his No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street series, will narrate stories and poetry from his home in Edinburgh.

This Book Week Scotland event will be live streamed on The Malt Whisky Trail Instagram channel on 17th of November at 1pm (GMT).

Alexander McCall Smith, says: “Visiting The Malt Whisky Trail is a marvellous way for visitors to Scotland, as well as Scots themselves, to discover a part of the country rich in historical associations. Whisky and storytelling in Scotland have more than a passing acquaintanceship. Book Week Scotland and the Malt Whisky Trail are natural partners, and I am really looking forward to being a part of this.”

During the event, McCall Smith will share his love for Scotland’s rich heritage through storytelling with the perfect partner, an autumnal dram of Glenlivet. He will finish with a special treat, a poem from his new collection: In a Time of Distance. More information regarding this event can be found at

The Glenlivet is one of the nine whisky sites that make up The Malt Whisky Trail in Speyside, the trail was created to take visitors on a journey to discover the best of Malt Whisky Country including its landscape, larder, stories, and whisky.

Lyndsey Gray, experience leader at The Glenlivet Distillery comments: “Alexander shares our love for Scottish heritage and storytelling so it’s a real honour to be collaborating with him as part of the Malt Whisky Trail and Book Week Scotland. We are proud to be one of the nine sites that make up The Malt Whisky Trail as it’s an amazing way for people to discover Scotland, its whiskies and stories behind them. We hope Alexander enjoys his virtual visit to the distillery and we can’t wait for him to be able to visit in person soon.”

The event is in partnership and coincides with Book Week Scotland which takes place Monday 16 to Sunday 22 November. A full list of 2020’s eclectic programme can be found on the Scottish Book Trust website.

The Malt Whisky Trail has also partnered with local independent bookstore The Bookmark in Grantown-on-Spey to sell Alexander’s latest works for the duration of Book Week Scotland, encouraging locals to get involved and enter the bookworm spirit. Alexander’s books will be available at
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