Events for Adults - Once Upon A Crime Festival 2022

Author events 

  • all events are free of charge
  • spaces are limited so booking is required. Please contact the relevant library to book
  • if you book a space but are no longer able to attend please contact the relevant library to cancel so the space can be allocated to others

Douglas Skelton author photo William Mcintyre author photoWe, The Jury - Friday 1 July 2022 - 7:00pm at Longniddry Library and Community Centre.

Join Douglas Skelton, author of the Rebecca Connolly series & William McIntyre, author of the Best Defence crime series and  practising lawyer, as they lead an interactive experience, using real life cases that the audience will have to help deliver a verdict  on. To book a place please  email or telephone 01620 827827 ( ask for Longniddry library)



Emma Salisbury author photo Made to be Broken - Tuesday 5 July 2022 at 6:00pm at North Berwick Library

Celebrated local crime writer Emma Salisbury will be joining us to talk about her highly anticipated new book ‘Made to be broken’. The eighth book in the DS Coupland series is dark, gritty and full of suspense. Booking is required. To book a place please email or telephone 01620 827827 ( ask for North Berwick library).




Cybercrime - Thursday 7 July at 7:00pm at North Berwick Library

Retired digital forensic analyst Craig MacFarlane will be giving a talk about his career as a cybercrime investigator and answering questions. To book a place please email or telephone 01620 827827 ( ask for North Berwick library).


Susie Holliday author photoA photograph of Jackie Baldwin photo of Matthew LandMary Paulson-Ellis author image

Going Undercovers - Friday 15 July at 7:00pm in the Star room, Haddington Library

Join our expert panel for discussion on how the covers of crime novels can ‘make or break’ whether a novel is popular and whether the cover is up to the author or publishers? The panel includes crime authors Susi (S.J.I) Holliday, Mary Paulson-Ellis, Jackie Baldwin, and Matthew Land from Blackwell’s Booksellers, and Bill Plain, our Community Librarian and Carnegie judge. To book a place please email or telephone 01620 827827 ( ask for Haddington library).




Craig Robertson author photoClare Askew author photoGordon Brown author photo No Police Like Holmes - Tuesday 19 July at 7:00pm at Dunbar Library

A discussion with crime authors Craig Robertson, Claire Askew and Gordon Brown (Morgan Cry)  regarding the rise in popular culture of the crime and true crime genre. To book a place please email or telephone 01620 827827 ( ask for Dunbar library).



James Oswald author photo Unearthing James Oswald - Tuesday 26 July at 7:00pm at Port Seton Library - Unfortunately this event has had to be cancelled.

James Oswald, author of the bestselling Inspector McLean series, joins us to discuss his popular crime novels, and to talk about his farming life. 




Lin Anderson author photoSpeak of the Dead - Thursday 28 July at 7:00pm at Musselburgh Library

Join us for crime conversations with Lin Anderson, discussing her best-selling Rhona Macleod Series and involvement in the Bloody Scotland Crime writers festival. To book a place please email or telephone 01620 827827 ( ask for Musselburgh library).



Library events and activities 

As well as author events our libraries are also running various fun activities for adults.

Time for Crime - (various time slots available)

Unsolved Case Files puts you in the shoes of a cold case detective. Can you solve the crime...or has time truly run out? Bring a group and try to beat the clock to solve a crime from our Unsolved Crime files! The following libraries have various timeslots available for this activity and booking is required.

Jigsaw Crime at Gullane Library

Help add some pieces to the puzzle so that the mystery can be solved. Contact Gullane library for more information - or telephone 01620 827827 (ask for Gullane library).

How well do you know your crime? at Musselburgh Library

Pick up a quiz sheet and test your knowledge. 

Crime and Punishment Exhibition by East Lothian Council Musuems Service, Saturday 2 July to Friday 30 September at Dunbar Townhouse House. Open Daily 1:00 pm to 5:00pm

Delve into Dunbar's darkest histories in an exhibition exploring the crimes, diseases, dungeons and demons of old Dunbar. Ponder past punishments and try the stool of repentance.  Free exhibition.