An Evening with Alexander McCall Smith15.3.2010 + the China Club, Central
Organised by the Friends of British Council Hong Kong, a subsidiary charity of the British Council, the dinner was held at the luxurious and vintage clubhouse in the city hub. This unique meet up with the internationally renowned series author has attracted over 100 fans and booklovers from the town and around the world.
On behalf of WGAHK and the Warwick Hong Kong Office, Dr Edmund Li, Nancy Chui and Elaine Hung participated in the dinner and were charmed by the charisma and wits of Alexander McCall Smith. During the dinner, Prof. Smith shared with audience his busy life as an author and screenwriter and how his inspirations were drawn from his real life experience. Born in nowadays Zimbabwe and has worked in Botswana for years, his love and respect of the Botswana people inspired his creation of the No. 1 Lady Detective series which is set against a vivid African landscape. His delicate and critical observation of his native Edinburgh constitutes the incisive and humane episode of Scottish life in his 44 Scotland Street series.
Of course the evening wouldn’t be complete without taking a picture with Prof. Smith and have our books signed! About Alexander McCall Smith Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over 60 books on a wide array of subjects including specialist academic titles, short stories and some immensely popular children’s books. For many years he was Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and served on national and international bioethics bodies. Then in 1999 he achieved global recognition for his award-winning No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, and therefore devoted his time to the writing of fiction, including the award-winning, 44 Scotland Street and the von lgelfeld series. His books have been translated into 42 languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Elizabeth, a doctor.