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Welcome to Josephine Tey: A Celebration. Find out more information about our upcoming Festival and Academic conference on this site.

Our event has been postponed to Summer 2018.

Josephine Tey was the pen-name of Elizabeth MacKintosh (1896-1952). Born in Inverness, MacKintosh lived several ‘lives’: best known as Golden Age Crime Fiction writer ‘Josephine Tey’, she was also successful novelist and playwright ‘Gordon Daviot’. At one point, she had plays on simultaneously in the West End in London and on Broadway, and even wrote for Hollywood – all from her home in the North of Scotland. Her ‘Josephine Tey’ novels include The Franchise AffairBrat Farrar and the unique Richard III mystery The Daughter of Time – once voted the best crime novel of all time.

Following the publication of the first-ever comprehensive biography and study of Josephine Tey’s life, this conference aims to celebrate Elizabeth MacKintosh’s entire body of work. As a critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful Scottish writer of the twentieth-century, her full output has not previously been given the attention it deserves, and this conference aims to pull together research into her output under her different pen-names, looking at her place in the Scottish literary canon, her influence on detective fiction, her attitude to historiography, her work as a playwright and her situation as a Highland author.

The two-day conference and the fringe events will be open to both academics and the wider public, and will be supported by a number of community events.