Press release: Author Alexander McCall Smith to give lecture tonight at University of Buckingham entitled: ‘Inventing People’

31 May 2011

Well-known author Professor Alexander McCall Smith will be giving a lecture on behalf of the Swan and Pen Society tonight at 18:30. Professor Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors and we are sure the audience will be enthralled by his lecture: ‘Inventing People’.

This is the first lecture held at the university for the Swan and Pen Literary Society and the university is delighted to be involved and welcomes the return of one of its most high profile Honorary Graduates for this occasion.

Professor Alexander McCall Smith has had a varied career, for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad, he is also an author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects.

In 1999, he achieved global recognition for his award-running series The N0.1 Detective Agency, which sold over twenty million copies. Following the success of the series he devoted his time to the writing of fiction, including the 44 Scotland Street series and the Isobel Dalhousie novels.

Professor McCall Smith’s books have been translated into forty-five languages and he is also the author of collections of short stories, academic works, and over thirty books for children.

He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the British Book Awards Author of the Year Award in 2004 and a CBE for service to literature in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from nine universities in Europe and North America.

Professor Alexander McCall Smith lives in Edinburgh. He is married to a doctor and has two daughters.

This lecture is free and open to all. The talk will be held in the Iain Fairbairn Lecture Hall, Chandos Road Building. Drinks will be served following the lecture.

For further details about this lecture please contact the University Publicity Office on: +44 (0)1280 820213.