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19 April 2019

Outlander Literary Event

15 March 2019

Scottish fans of Outlander got a chance to quiz the author of the time-travelling adventure series, Diana Gabaldon, at an exclusive event held at one of the hit TV series' iconic filming locations.

The event sold out within hours. Among the fans who got tickets were superfans who came from far and wide (including a couple from Hamburg in Germany) or dressed in Outlander outfits. One ticketless fan even turned up on spec from Carlisle and was rewarded with the only last-minute cancellation ticket of the night. 

Organised by national tourism body, VisitScotland and book publishing industry body, Publishing Scotland, the American author took part in an "in conversation" event at Hopetoun House on Friday 15 March 2019.

The stately home near South Queensferry is a familiar sight for fans of Outlander, having featured on-screen in the popular TV series, including season four which concluded in January.

James Crawford, author and chair of Publishing Scotland - and presenter of the recent BBC TV series, Scotland From The Sky - chaired the evening in the elegant Red Drawing Room, which appeared as the home of the Duke of Sandringham in Outlander's first season.

Guests had the opportunity to hear from Diana about her novels and their transfer to screen, as well as take part in a Q&A session.

The "in conversation" event was also supported by United Airlines, which operates direct flights from New York to Edinburgh and Glasgow, and Washington DC to Edinburgh.

The event was one of a series of activities planned to mark VisitScotland's 50th anniversary. The Development of Tourism Act came into force in 1969 and an official Scottish Tourist Board was established with government funding.