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Tuesday Talks | Alexander McCall Smith

26 October.7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Alexander McCall SMith Live Interview with arthur conan doyle centre

Tuesday Talks

A Conversation with Alexander McCall Smith

26th October 2021 | 7.30pm until 9.00pm BST | £5 | Online


Exploring Matters of the Human Spirit

Join us for a very special Tuesday Talk – A conversation with Alexander McCall Smith. Our Chair, Professor Lance Butler will discuss matters of the human Spirit with the author of the hugely popular, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.

The conversation will be an open-minded exploration of philosophically challenging issues such as consciousness, the human need for spiritual connection and the issues we must confront in order to tackle problems such as climate change. The materialistic lens through which we view the world has helped civilization advance exponentially. We live in an age of readily available and abundant information. For most of us in the West, our cultural, educational and material needs are easily taken care of. But are we any happier for it? Do we feel that our lives have meaning?

Materialism relegates subjective experience and our spiritual quest for meaning to the sidelines. Many of us possess an inner-knowing that there is something within us, within nature perhaps, that transcends objectivity. In order to explore what that is – we need to ask questions from a new perspective. Gentle, open-minded enquiry is the light that will guide us to the answers.

Join us at 7:30 PM BST via ZOOM. The interview segment of this Tuesday Talk will last for around 45 minutes and is followed by a live Q&A.

You can purchase a ticket online for £5.00 (plus ticket processing fee) or you can call us on 0131 625 0700 to book over the phone (no fee). Season passes are available and grant access to all the Autumn 2021 talks for a heavily discounted price.

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Alexander McCall Smith Books

Discover the works of one of the world’s most prodigious writers.

Alexander McCall Smith’s various series of books have been translated into forty-six languages and become bestsellers throughout the world. These include the popular 44 Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in the Scotsman newspaper and now the longest-running serial novel in the world; the Isabel Dalhousie novels, and the von Igelfeld series. He is also the author of the Corduroy Mansions series, which started life as an engaging cross-media serial written for the Telegraph online. And most recently, he launched the Ulf Varg series of Scandi blanc novels set in Sweden.

Alexander McCall Smith is part of a Christmas Special at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre.

About Alexander McCall Smith


Alexander McCall Smith, often referred to as ‘Sandy’, is one of the world’s most prolific and best-loved authors. For many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the UK and abroad before turning his hand to writing fiction. He has written and contributed to more than 100 books including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children’s books. His first book, The White Hippo—a children’s book, was published by Hamish Hamilton in 1980.

But it wasn’t until the publication of the highly successful The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series that Alexander became a household name. The series has now sold over twenty million copies in the English language alone, and since the books took off, he has devoted his time to writing.

Please visit Alexander McCall Smith’s website to discover more.

Purchase Tickets, Recordings or Season Pass

Purchase your ticket, pass or recording below. 

If you want to attend the live event, purchase the ‘Single Ticket.’ You will complete your purchase via Eventbrite. The ZOOM link will be available on the Eventbrite page.

If you want to attend all of this season’s events, purchase the Season Pass. You will be prompted to download a document which contains all the links to this season’s talks.

If you want to purchase a recording, please select the relevant option below. We will send a link to the recording within 72 hours of the event finish time. Please note, if you purchase a single ticket or season pass, you are entitled to the recordings at no extra cost. Please email us for the required links.

If you have any issues, please contact us during office hours. All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

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26 October
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