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Scottish Narratives Panel

WithJuano Diaz, Margaret McDonald and Tom Newlands
In conversation withVikki Reilly

At: The Portobello Bookshop

On:19th June 2024, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Scottish Narratives Panel at The Portobello Bookshop

We're excited to be hosting a Scottish Narratives Panel event as part of our Independent Bookshop Week celebrations. We'll be joined by debut authors Juano Diaz (Slum Boy, Brazen Books), Margaret McDonald (Glasgow Boys, Faber) and Tom Newlands (Only Here, Only Now, Phoenix).

It's great to have Vikki Reilly from Publishing Scotland on board to lead a discussion about the importance of telling working-class stories, writing across genre, as well as reflecting upon how the work of each of these writers fits into the canon at large.

This event will take place in the bookshop with an in-person audience, as well as a livestream for attendees watching from home. There will be a signing after the event.

In-person vouchers can be redeemed on the night of the event against a single copy of one of the featured books – we will have a list of attendees with vouchers to be redeemed. Please note that only one voucher can be redeemed per book. Livestream vouchers are valid until the day after the event and can be redeemed on the website against a single copy of the featured books.

About the books:

Please note: Tickets for our events are non-refundable. Professional photography and videography may take place during this event. Thank you for your understanding.


Juano Diaz Author

Juano Diaz lives with his partner, David and their adopted son. He is a successful and internationally acclaimed artist and collaborates with many others including Pierre et Giles and Grace Jones. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the world including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Juano is currently working with film director Sophie Fiennes.

Margaret McDonald Author

Margaret McDonald is a Scottish author from Glasgow. She is published in the disability-focused magazine Breath and Shadow as well as the prose and poetry magazines Bandit Fiction, Bubble Lit, In Parentheses, and The Manifest Station. Margaret worked for the NHS after shielding for a year, during which time she finished her Masters in English literature from Glasgow University with Distinction. She also has a First Class BA (Hons) from Strathclyde University, where she studied writing.

Tom Newlands Author

Tom Newlands is a neurodivergent Scottish author living in London. He is the winner of a London Writer’s Award and a Creative Future Writer’s Award. In 2021 he was selected for New Writing North’s ‘A Writing Chance,’ which aimed to showcase the most talented writers in the UK from under-represented backgrounds. Only Here, Only Now is his first novel.

Vikki Reilly Chair

Vikki Reilly has worked in bookselling and publishing for twenty years. She was struck down by Beatlemania, thanks to her best friend's big brother's record collection and a C-90 cassette, when she was thirteen years old and hasn't been the same since. As a student, she got a job in Virgin Megastore by discussing Ringo Starr's backward fills, and – later in life – only managed the last fifteen miles of the West Highland Way by singing the Beatles back catalogue in chronological order. This is her first book.

The venue

The Portobello Bookshop

46 Portobello High Street
EH15 1DA

Telephone: 0131 629 6756


Wheelchair Access

We have a ramp at the front of the shop which has a ratio of 1:10 and loading capacity of 300kg, and so should be able to be used by most wheelchair users or those with mobility vehicles. The front doors are fully automated. Our shop interior is designed to allow access throughout for wheelchair users and prams, though please note there is only 700mm wide clearance to access the staff toilet.


We use a PA system to enhance the audio at our live events. We also have a hearing loop system installed, if you’d like to use our loop system during an event please let us know and we’ll make sure we have it set up and connected to the live audio feed during the event. If you wish to attend an event and require BSL interpretation, please give us a few weeks notice and we’ll do our best to arrange an interpreter.