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  • Alistair Braidwood

Echo Beach: The Scots Whay Hae! Podcast’s Annual Trip To Talk To Doug Johnstone By The Sea&#82

Hello folks! In this month’s exciting episode… Ali and Ian take the Scots Whay Hae! podcast to The Espy in Portobello, making the now annual trip to the seaside to meet and talk to novelist Doug Johnstone. Last time there was fog and fighting dugs. This time was a tamer affair, although the chat was as thrillingly dark as you would expect from the writer of Smokeheads, Hit & Run and the recent Gone Again.

It is talk about his latest novel that takes up most of the time as Ali attempts to create tension in the Johnstone household by suggesting that Doug’s protestations that the book is purely fiction are perhaps too much. Johnstone also gives us a little information about the next novel, absolutely nothing about the one due to follow that, tells us about the trouble with telly, and explains why he believes reports of the death of the book have been greatly exaggerated.

You’ll learn about the everyday life of a writer, some mind boggling police statistics, the importance of research, and discover just how emotional Gone Again made Ali feel. As you can see, the sun shone and no animals were injured, and we’re already looking forward to returning next year.

You can listen to the podcast at iTunes or by RSS, and if you’re new round these parts you will find all the previous podcasts at the same places. I would humbly suggest they’re worth a listen. Subscribe and you’ll never miss us.

We have a few irons in the fire for future pods, but I can’t say a word as yet as you’ll just think we’re showing off. Suffice to say there will be music, chat, sometimes tears, sometimes laughter; but always a happy ever after…


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