Christopher Brookmyre donates exclusive prize to visual impairment charity


Press Release | 26/05/2017

Crime fiction fans will have the chance to have a character named after them in an award-winning author’s next work, thanks to a leading Edinburgh charity.

Christopher Brookmyre portraitChristopher Brookmyre is offering the unusual prize as part of a fundraising auction for sight loss charity Royal Blind.

The opportunity will go under the hammer at an exclusive ‘Afternoon Tea with Scotland’s Crime Writers’ event at The Stables, Prestonfield House, in October.

The event will see Brookmyre and fellow crime author, Alex Gray, lead a discussion about the process of creating a character for fiction before guests are treated to a scrumptious afternoon tea in luxurious surroundings.

Attendees are also being offered the chance to dine with the authors when they purchase a VIP ticket.

Brookmyre, winner of the 2016 The McIlvanney Prize for crime writing, said: “I am very happy to be supporting such a worthwhile cause, and look forward to attending the event in October alongside Alex Gray.”

Attendees will also be able to bid on a number of other exciting prizes on the day including books signed by Nigella Lawson and Great British Bake Off’s Mel and Sue.

Davina Shiell, head of Fundraising for Royal Blind, said: “We are very excited about this event, which will be a fantastic opportunity for crime fiction readers to hear writing secrets from two award-winning authors. 

“We would like to thank Christopher and Alex for supporting Royal Blind and the work we do to help blind and partially sighted children and adults across Scotland.”

Tickets are available to purchase online at or by calling the fundraising team on 0131 229 1456.