Last week I started working as writer-in-residence for a funeral directors in Edinburgh. I’m already tremendously impressed with the respect, grace and empathy of all the staff I met. It’s going to be an intense and strange few months, but I’m very excited about it. So far, it has been not much at all like Six Feet Under. And before you ask, yes, I did see some dead bodies.
So I was on BBC Two quiz show Eggheads last night, part of a team called the Criminal Element featuring myself, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre and Martyn Waites. And we only went and won!
It was a terrific experience, loads of fun, and the Eggheads and Jeremy Vine were all really lovely. I had the Geography category that no one else wanted, and almost took down Kevin, the real brainiac, but was let down in a tie-break by my knowledge of English counties. Ho hum. Anyhoo, if you missed it, you can watch it in the UK on BBC iplayer. Below is the moment we found out we’d won – sweet!
(both pics pinched from fellow writer Craig Sisterson’s Facebook page.)
I started writing a new book this week. A few thousand words in. Feels weird already. Anyhoo, working title is Fault Lines, and here are some visual clues what it’s about. Kind of.
Myself, Chris Brookmyre, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites are on Eggheads on Thursday 26th May, 6pm on BBC 2. Will I punch anyone? Will I swear? Tune in to find out.
It’s not online, but trust me, it’s a doozy. Here’s the final paragraph:
Thanks, Sabina, whoever you are!
Folks, I’ve agreed to take part in this year’s Caledonian Challenge, walking 24 miles in 12 hours through Glencoe in June. I’m part of a Bloody Scotland team that also includes Chris Brookmyre, Craig Robertson, Matt Bendoris and Gordon Brown, and we’re raising money for Foundation Scotland. If you can, please nip over to our fundraising page and donate. Much appreciated!