Visit of great Val-ue to students

Crime writer Val McDermid, centre, with, from left, Susan McHatton, Tracy English, Lynzi Young and Sarah Faulkner.
Crime writer Val McDermid, centre, with, from left, Susan McHatton, Tracy English, Lynzi Young and Sarah Faulkner.

STUDENTS from Adam Smith College got a great insight into the world of criminology and ‘who done it?’ thanks to an appearance by top crime writer Val McDermid, who came back to Fife for a special college visit.

The event, organised by staff in the social sciences and education department, brought together over 60 students who gathered in the College’s St Brycedale Campus in Kirkcaldy to hear Val talk about her life as an author and what inspires her to write.

The informal event was enjoyed by all and enabled the students to put some interesting questions to the author and hear first-hand about how a novel is created, from the first idea through to completion.

Said Val: “I’ve visited the college a number of times and it’s great to come back to Kirkcaldy, where I was brought up, to share my experiences with the students.

“It is an exciting time for them as they are about to embark on their own careers. I hope I have inspired them to keep their options open and follow a career they enjoy.”

Student Susan McHatton said: “I was fascinated that, from a young age, Val was inspired to write after reading her first books in the Central Library in Kirkcaldy.

“She did not simply read a book and discard it for the next one; she felt part of each story and pictured actually being there and involved. “The passion she had then comes over in the stories she writes now and affects her readers in exactly the same way, conveying her love of storytelling.”

Lecturer Tracy English added: “We are very grateful to Val for sharing her time with us. Her new book, ‘The Vanishing Point’ is fantastic and it was great to hear how the plot came about and how she researches every fine detail. “Visits such as this are extremely inspirational and help students to associate what they learn in class with a work environment.”