McCall Smith pens story for hikers on charity walk

Alexander McCall Smith. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Alexander McCall Smith. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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WRITER Alexander McCall Smith has penned a short story on a mythical Capital underground for participants on a night walk for charity.

The story, called Maggie’s Line, features characters from his 44 Scotland Street series and will be presented to walkers as a memento of the evening.

The Edinburgh-based author read the story to the hundreds of participants, setting off on the ten-mile walk, as they start their journey.

This is the first Maggie’s Cultural Crawl in Edinburgh and it will take place on Friday, raising funds for the centre which offers assistance, care and advice to cancer sufferers.

Mr McCall Smith said: “Maggie’s Culture Crawl Edinburgh provided the perfect inspiration for a short story with the event venues, and indeed the remarkable city itself, proving to be worthy material for a journey round a mythical Edinburgh ­underground.

“I hope the story now inspires the intrepid Culture Crawlers on their night time adventure. I hope too, that it underlines the help they are providing to a charity which offers such crucial support for people with cancer as well as for their family and friends.”

The walk, sponsored by Brodies LLP, gives fundraisers out-of-hours access to some of Edinburgh’s well-known landmarks and best-kept secrets.

The tour includes locations across the Capital such as the Royal Mile, law courts at Parliament House, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Fettes College and the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

Online registration for the event is open until Wednesday.

People can register on the night, but only cash payments will be accepted. The event is inspired by the important role art and design play in Maggie’s Centres and the programme of support that they offer – as well the creative writing and art classes delivered by Maggie’s professional staff.

Andrew Anderson, centre head of Maggie’s Edinburgh said: “After ten years of spectacular events in London, it’s wonderful to have a Maggie’s Culture Crawl taking place right here, taking in the sights and cultural gems of Edinburgh.

“As a charity, Maggie’s Edinburgh relies on donations to continue to develop our unique, high-quality programme of support. I really hope the local community gets behind the event to help us support as many people affected by cancer as possible, as well as their family and friends, across the Lothians.”

The first Maggie’s was opened in 1996, the brainchild of Maggie Keswick Jencks, who died from the disease in 1995.