Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Alanna Knight MBE

Alanna Knight, one of the stalwarts of British crime writing, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List for services to literature, and her many friends and fans will be delighted that this prolific novelist, very popular both as an author and in person, has been recognised in this way.

Alanna is, as this award illustrates, one of Scottish literature's leading lights. In addition to her many novels, she is a biographer and playwright and expert on the work of that gifted fellow Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson. As a crime writer, she is probably best known for her long series of historical mysteries featuring Inspector Faro,and I was very pleased a couple of years back when she agreed to contribute a Faro short story, "The Case of the Vanishing Vagrant", to the CWA anthology Guilty Consciences.

Alanna has been a prominent member of the CWA for many years, and more than twenty years ago, she and her late husband Alistair organised a terrific CWA conference in Edinburgh. I remember that week-end vividly - it was great fun, and the Knights put a great deal of work into ensuring that everyone enjoyed themselves. My family and I have enjoyed her company many times since, and the Edwardses will certainly be raising a glass to her this Hogmanay.


Elizabeth Foxwell said...

How delightful to hear of this recognition for Alanna Knight. I had the pleasure of meeting her at one St. Hilda's event. If memory serves, in addition to her Faro and Robert Louis Stevenson work, I think she has done some radio work?

Martin Edwards said...

Hello Elizabeth, many thanks for your comment.And yes, she has written for radio, though I'm not familiar with that branch of her output. HOpe you get back to St Hilda's before long!