Kevin is registered with the Scottish Book Trust to deliver talks and workshops and is happy to travel to libraries and bookshops all across the country. You can visit his page with the Scottish Book Trust here. Having researched suicide extensively while writing Moristoun and worked closely with the charity Chris’s House since the book’s release, Kevin is determined to help break the stigma surrounding suicide.
His talks look at why there is still a stigma surrounding suicide in the 21st century and examines how writers have approached this taboo topic through literary history. They also touch on his own personal experience of dealing with suicide while writing Moristoun and look at the life-saving work carried out by the charity Chris’s House.
Aberdeen Central Library were the first people to book Kevin for a talk as part of Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2017.
Kevin's presentation "Let's Talk: Literature's role in reducing the stigma surrounding suicide" met with a great reception from an audience of around 30 people, some of whom had a background in mental health or had suffered from mental health issues themselves.
After the talk, there was an interesting debate involving members of the audience, Kevin and local mental health experts before signed copies of Moristoun were handed out in exchange for a donation for Chris's House.
Kevin would like to thank Ruth Gould at Aberdeen Central Library for setting up and organising the event, plus all her colleagues who helped out on the night. They made Kevin, his wife Thanyalak and daughter Jennifer feel so welcome and put them instantly at ease.
Jennifer enjoyed playing with them so much that she wants us to make an instant return to the Granite City. Kevin would also like to thank everyone who attended and took time to speak to him after the talk. You were all so generous in your donations for Chris's House, helping to raise £90 on the night.
Special thanks go out to Kevin's Aberdonian friends Angela, Louisa and Kathleen Duguid for all their support and help before and during the event.
At the UK Southern Book Show in Worthing, which is mentioned in more detail on the Publicity page, I delivered a shortened version of the Let’s Talk presentation. This lasted for just 15 minutes as part of a series of talks which went on throughout the show on March 5, 2018.
Unfortunately, I was the last speaker of the day so things were winding down and the audience had dwindled somewhat. But the talk still went down very well, with one author at the show remarking that it was the best of the day. It was also good to let an English audience know all about the good work of Anne and her team at Chris’s House.