Val McDermid

Val McDermid is a number one bestselling and award-winning author, whose novels have been translated into more than forty languages and have sold over sixteen million copies. Jo Sharp is a Professor of Geography at the University of St Andrews. The pair entered into a civil partnership in 2016.

The first step on the road to change is to imagine possibility. In Imagine a Country, Val McDermid and Jo Sharp have asked almost 100 contributors to imagine their dream country. From comedians to economists, writers to musicians, they’ve gathered an astonishing array of Scottish voices to present their vision for the future. In the special virtual Aye Write event, Val and Jo are joined by contributors Chris Brookmyre, Jackie Kay, Phil Jupitus, Stuart Cosgrove, Bill Sweeney and Louise Welsh, who each share their vision for a hopeful future.