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An Evening in Hillhead Library celebrating the late writer Leela Soma

Date – November 16th 2023

Remembering our mutual aim in writing novels- portrayal of religious and gender prejudice, racism, relationships: mine I the medical patriarchy, hers in Glasgow’s Asian community here. As she said, if we don’t flag up inequality and injustice, people will ignore it, nothing will change.

Sparsile Books contract signing

Date – June 26th 2023

With the lovely Polly Beck signing the contract enabling my new publisher Sparsile Books to republish Not the Life and Not the Deaths Imagined while accepting a commission for a brand new book on Scots med students in 1971 USA!

Talk to Greenock Philosophical Society

‘ Writing novels- Not The Life Imagined.’

Date – Friday November 11th 2022

Venue – The Watt Library Greenock, 15 Kelly St, Greenock PA16 8JX   7.30pm

Greenock Launch of The Carnelian Tree

Chaired by Polly Beck

Date – Tuesday November 8th 2022

Venue – Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock PA15 1HJ, 7 pm

Symposium for International medical students– Not The Life Imagined

A novel that ‘brilliantly addresses many of the issues relating to women and access to healthcare’.

Date – Sunday October 30th 2022

Venue – Edinburgh University Centre for Global Studies- Symposium for US students at UK Universities, 10.30am

Glasgow Launch of The Carnelian Tree

Chaired by TV Personality Judith Ralston

Date – Thursday October 20th 2022

Venue – The House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston G41 5BW   6.30 got 7pm

Taking On the Menopause
in association with Inverclyde Libraries, Live literature & Our Voice

Date – Wednesday October 6th 2022

Venue – Greenock Central Library, Wallace Pl, Greenock PA15 1JB 5 – 6.30pm

Skelmorlie Burns Club

Date – Monday October 3rd 2022

Venue – Station Bar, Wemyss Bay, 7pm

Why Burns didn’t write a book- but I did?’

Reading and Health Talk

Date – February 2022

Venue – Greenock Central Library

Ringwood Publishing Crime Night

Date – 9th December 2021, 7pm

Let’s Celebrate Inverclyde’s Writers

Date – 20th November 2021

Celebrate the Power of Books and Reading with Anne Pettigrew

Date – 15th November 2021

The Art of Writing in Lockdown


If you write, have you done more or less in the last year? Are you thinking about starting to scribble a novel and wonder how best to go about it? Wonder what it’s like to bring a novel out during lockdown? We don’t have all the answers but it’ll be a good chat! Come join us!

Date: Friday, February 12th 2021
Time: 1830 UK Time; 1930 (Netherlands)
Meeting ID: 771 0975 2933
Passcode: UkyZ7S
Running time: 40 minutes

Zoom event ‘The Art of Covetable Book Cover Designs’

LiteraryGlobe brings together award winning author, Anne Pettigrew, along with Dutch graphic designer, Bart Rouwhorst for the first live discussion of 2021. This interview uncovers the extraordinary histories behind book designs and why designers must capture the essence of a story with a unique graphic style and identity. Does a brilliant cover stand out on the shelves of a bookshop matter as much as the power of storytelling to influence a reader’s purchase? For more on the most eye-catching designs in recent years and trends of 2021, we hope to see you on the Zoom call….details below….

Date: Friday, February 12th 2021
Time: 1830 UK Time; 1930 (Netherlands)
Meeting ID: 771 0975 2933
Passcode: UkyZ7S
Running time: 40 minutes

Bloody Ringwood Season: A Night with Anne Pettigrew!

Date – 21st October 2020

Watch a recording of the full discussion here.

Book Week Scotland Event – Women in Medicine 
Arlington Baths Glasgow on 23rd Nov 2019

Standing room only at Women in Medicine, a Book Week Scotland Event at Glasgow’s historic Victorian Arlington Baths. Participants from all over Scotland heard readings from Not The Life Imagined before a discussion chaired by Dr Pauline McGough (Medical Women’s Federation) on ‘patronising, propositioning and passing over’ behaviour in the NHS. With the Romney Report showed sexism still rife inside the British Medical Association itself, there was plenty to talk about.

Medical women in history were covered: Crimean surgeon Dr James Barry pretended to be a man, pioneers Marion Gilchrist graduating from Glasgow, in 1898 and the Edinburgh Seven (1896), only awarded degrees this year. Laughter greeted ludicrous reasons given for excluding women e.g. ‘loose tongues’ and ‘women didn’t know they were wrong unless they asked a man!’ The book’s royalties got to help girls internationally to succeed through charity Plan International.

The students present marvelled at life in the sixties: no mobiles, no internet, Family Planning only if married, women in pubs and pre-marital sex frowned on. Only 30% of med students were female- until 1973. Book extracts illustrated prevalent sexism- plus the entertaining chapter on wee willies in the anatomy room!

Students present praised current female role models, NHS staff present proposed ways to end discrimination and harassment in the work place, but acknowledged women also bully junior staff and men suffer discrimination too. Dr Sue Robertson (BMA Scottish Council Deputy Chair) commented that a bullying culture with ritual humiliation has been the norm in medicine for decades and needs changed by equality and inclusion training and helplines. Students told of current problems, including uncomfortable sexual innuendo, though their only support was a warning to keep clear of a ‘sleazebag’ senior. Girls are reluctant to speak out for fear of affecting careers.

Dr Robertson outlined mechanisms for calling out ‘unacceptable behaviour,’ where a doctor is warned about his sexism/harassment by a peer or senior. Some Health Board areas have this informally. NHS England now has designated points of contact for ‘whistle-blowers’ of any kind. Scotland does not. Diane Vlek, UOG MWF Chair, proposed setting up student/graduate ’families’ where senior and mid-grade women doctors link with designated female students to offer support.

Overall a stimulating evening, leaving us feeling the future NHS must improve. Unhappy bullying workplaces breed dangerous poor standards of care, as seen recently in failing Health Boards like  NHS Highlands.

Dr Pettigrew is grateful to Scottish Book Trust, Arlington Baths and Ringwood Publishing for the opportunity to hold this discussion evening.

Crime in the Spotlight-ers 2019 revealed!

Date – 20th Aug 2019

Submission for Saltire Award

Date – 16th Aug 2019

Ringwood Competition: Butterfly & Pig Afternoon Tea

Prize drawn 31.5.19. Won by Anne Pettigrew of Cambridge! How weird is that? Are we related?

Find out in August when she comes up here to visit relatives…

‘Waterstones in stock!’


Glasgow University Medicine, Arts and Humanities Society

Date – 25/03/2019

Venue – Adam Smith Building

Talk, debate and readings with female med students

Aye Write, Sudden Fame

Date –  24/03/2019

Venue – The Mitchell Library

Readings with Federation of Writers (Scotland)

Kilmacolm OKFest

Date – 23/03/2019

Venue – Old Kirk

Talking on Joy and reading from Not The Life Imagined.

Greenock Book Launch

Date  – 26/02/2019

Venue – Beacon Arts Centre

Q&A with Polly Beck and Raffle for PlanUK

Glasgow Book Launch

Date – 24/01/2019

Venue – Curler’s Rest, Byres Rd, Glasgow

Q & A with Tv’s Judith Ralston and Raffle for PlanUK