Outlander fans can meet the author at event

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Outlander fans will get 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 American author will take part in an “in conversation” event at Hopetoun House, near South Queensferry, on Friday, 15 March, organised by the national tourism body VisitScotland and publishing industry body Publishing Scotland.

Hopetoun House is a familiar sight for fans of Outlander, having featured on-screen in the 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 – will chair the evening in the stately home’s elegant Red Drawing Room, which appeared as the home of the Duke of Sandringham in Outlander’s first season.

Guests will have the opportunity to hear from Diana about her novels and their transfer to screen, as well as take part in a question and answer session.

Hopetoun House will be 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, many from North America and Europe, flocking to filming locations across the country.

Jenni Steele, Film and Creative Industries Manager at VisitScotland, said: “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.”

The event is one of a series of activities planned to mark VisitScotland’s 50th anniversary.