Literature’s brightest star heading to her homeland

Emma Healey
Emma Healey

Wigtown Book Festival is looking forward to welcoming a young and talented author with strong links to Scotland’s National booktown.

Emma Healey’s debut novel ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ received rave reviews when it was published in June and the gripping story is based on Emma’s paternal grandmother who lived in Creetown.

Emma is related to the McDavid family and her grandfather, Irvine McDavid, was Wigtown’s town clerk in the 1950s.

Emma, 28, said: “I’m really looking forward to being there. The Wigtown Book Festival is something I remember hearing a lot about as a teenager (it started when I was 14), and thinking ‘wouldn’t it be wonderful if I could take part as a writer one day’. It seems amazing to be about to do just that.”

Festival director Adrian Turpin added: “We’re delighted that Emma is coming to Wigtown - and not just because of her local connections. To be honest, I didn’t even know that side of her story when we first looked into bringing her to the festival.

“Elizabeth Is Missing is a wonderful book and has been a big sensation, one of the most talked-about novels this year which prompted a huge fight among publishers. I know it’s exactly the kind of book that’s going to appeal to our audience.”

Emma will be in the McNeillie Tent at 12noon on Saturday, September 27. Since June, Emma has been all over the UK, as well as to Dublin and Toronto, and has completed 100 book signings. Elizabeth is Missing has also been long listed for the International Dylan Thomas prize.