A Distinctive Voice in Publishing

Charlie Laidlaw

Charlie Laidlaw

I’m the author of two novels, The Things We Learn When We’re Dead and The Space Between Time (due June this year).  A third novel, Love Potions and Other Calamities, is due to be published by the end of the year.

I was born and brought up in the west of Scotland, and am a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin, so it could say anything.

I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer, puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics. 

Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like vodka martini.

Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize. I also teach creative writing to aspiring authors.

I am married with two grown-up children and live in East Lothian.   And that’s about it.