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Meet Kellan MacInnes

The March Salon feautures Kellan MacInnes, a new Scottish writer whose debut novel The Making of Mickey Bell. published by Sandstone Press, promises a real feel good story about Scotland, the Munros and a dog! Tuesday March 21st, at the Glen Mohr Hotel, Ness Bank, Inverness.

Kellan will be holding a writing workshop at 6.30pm, followed by a reading, Q&A and book signing at 7.30pm.

Edinburgh-based author Kellan MacInnes has been climbing the mountains of Scotland since he was a teenager. For the past 25 years he has lived with HIV/AIDS. His first book Caleb’s List (Luath Press 2013) was acclaimed by readers, reviewers and mountaineers alike, and went on to be a best seller. As well as being entered for the Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature, Caleb’s List was shortlisted for the 2013 Saltire Society Scottish First Book Award, Scotland’s most prestigious literary prize.

As well as writing for Scottish Field, The Sunday Mail, Walk magazine and The Scottish Mountaineer, Kellan has been featured in The Scotsman and was interviewed for and took part in the making of a ninety minute-long special edition of the BBC Radio Scotland programme Out of Doors, on Victorian mountaineer and naturalist Caleb George Cash, the eponymous subject of Kellan’s first book.

Kellan’s first novel The Making of Mickey Bell was published by Sandstone Press, September 2016.

Mickey Bell’s sick alright… just not as sick as the dole think he is. Now his psychotic ex has grassed him up to the benefit fraud hotline, and Mickey needs to make a sharp exit. Where better to hide than up a Munro?

With faithful dog Tyke at his heels, Mickey flees a Glasgow rife with referendum fever for a country where crows and collie dogs can speak. A wicked queen, a gay hell’s angel and a total disregard for the legal implications of love could be just what Mickey needs to turn his life around.

‘A Highland road movie, rich in encounters… MacInnes has real talent.’ The Scotsman

‘Stylish and experimental… a life-affirming book that keeps you reading.’ The Courier

‘Precise and vivid.’ Allan Massie


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