Local author Alexander McCall Smith is one of the world’s most prolific and most popular authors. His career has been a varied one: for many years he was a professor of Medical Law and worked in universities in the United Kingdom and abroad. Then, after the publication of his highly successful No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over twenty million copies, he devoted his time to the writing of fiction and has seen his various series of books, including the “44 Scotland Street” series, translated into over forty languages and become bestsellers throughout the world.
David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including Chariots of Fire, The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle. His films have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D’Or at Cannes.
David is the present Chancellor of the Open University and has been Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA).
He retired from film production in 1998 to focus on his work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the ‘creative and communications’ industries.
David was awarded a CBE in 1982, a knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. In France he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1985, becoming an Officer in 1992, and a Commander in 2006.
Born and bred in Edinburgh, Sue is the niece of Eric Liddell and has been involved in the Centre since its opening.