Outlander Literary Event
1 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 quickly
but you can get a flavour of it from the video made on the night by
VisitScotland: see An audience with Diana Gabaldon at
Hopetoun House 15 March 2019.
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
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 taking part in a Q&A
Hopetoun House was open exclusively to ticket
holders for self-guided tours, photo opportunities and light
refreshments prior to the author's appearance.
The romantic adventures of English nurse Claire Randall, who
travels back in time from 1940s Scotland to the 18th century, where
she meets and falls in love with Scottish Highlander Jamie Fraser,
have enthralled readers since the first book in the Outlander
series was published in 1991.
In 2014, Outlander was adapted for television by Sony Pictures
and film production continues to be based in Scotland - with fans
flocking to filming locations across the country, particularly
those from North America and Europe.
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.
Jenni Steele, Film and Creative Industries
Manager at VisitScotland, said:"We are delighted to be partnering
with Publishing Scotland to host this exclusive and intimate
evening with Outlander author Diana Gabaldon.
"The Outlander books and subsequent TV series have had a
huge impact on tourism in Scotland, inspiring thousands of
travellers to visit to our shores. It is only fitting that fans
will get the chance to hear from the award-winning author in the
sumptuous Hopetoun House, which will be familiar to viewers of the
hit TV show."
Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing
Scotland said:"Books and storytelling have long been the source of
cinematic and TV adaptations and Outlander is one of the major
page-to-screen stories of the past decade in Scotland. We are
thrilled to have the opportunity to hear from Diana Gabaldon about
how her writing served as the inspiration for the series."
It 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.