Thursday, August 16, 2007

News: Val McDermid Comments on Article

In yesterday's compendium of mystery news, we listed an article on reporting on events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Val McDermid took the time to post a reply to that article that we think is important enough to reprint here (rather than leave it in the comments section where it might be overlooked).

Val McDermid wrote:

"For the record, I did not mention Ian Rankin by name at my Edinburgh Book Festival event with Denise Mina (who has been curiously written out of the record...) precisely because I wanted to address the issue of how women writing about violence is perceived rather than to make a personal attack on any individual. Nor did I refer to any of his books specifically. I did mention this particular title last year on a radio programme when I was debating the specific comment that Ian made, but I did not refer to it or any of his other books at the Edinburgh event, for the same reason. The remarks that I made -- which were echoed and expanded by Denise -- were in response to a question from the audience about women's experiences as crime writers.

"There is no feud between me and Ian. We have been good pals for a dozen years and are sufficiently grown up to be capable of not having identical views on every subject.

"For a more balanced view of the Edinburgh event, you might like to check out: Written by the same journalist who wrote the other piece..."

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