Best-selling authors join charity guests for Cocktails & Conversations lunch | Action Medical Research

Best-selling authors join charity guests for Cocktails & Conversations lunch

2 February 2012

Scottish crime writers Caro Ramsay and Alex Gray will be guests at the annual Edinburgh lunch in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research, to be held at new venue the George Hotel, from 12 noon on Friday 23 March.

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s event, called Cocktails and Conversations, which will also celebrate the charity’s 60th anniversary. The charity funds vital work to benefit sick babies and children and is currently supporting research projects based in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen.

The afternoon will start with a sparkling drinks reception followed by a two-course lunch and coffee. BBC Radio Scotland’s Sony Award winning Edi Stark will then interview the two authors before giving audience members a chance to ask their own questions.

A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, Alex Gray’s latest book, A Pound of Flesh, will be published by Sphere on 1 March. Her previous novels include Five Ways to Kill a Man, Glasgow Kiss, Pitch Black, The Riverman and Never Somewhere Else.

Caro Ramsay has just delivered her fourth book to Penguin, The Blood of Crows, due to be published this year, and has several new projects on the go: working on book five, writing for a musical based on Jack the Ripper and on a play called ‘The Swinging Chicken’ for BBC Radio 4.

Janet Balcombe, from Action Medical Research Scotland, said: “We’ve been running our spring lunch for many years now but are trying something new for 2012. It will be a great opportunity to relax with friends while getting behind the minds of these fantastic authors.

“Action Medical Research has a proud heritage of supporting medical breakthroughs in Scotland. This has included funding some of the work of Professor Ian Donald, the pioneer of ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, and developing the Glasgow Coma scale used to assess consciousness after head injury. This research can only continue thanks to the support of events like this annual lunch.”

Work currently being funded by the charity includes a study led by the University of Edinburgh Centre for Reproductive Health which is using new state-of-the-art scanning techniques to identify babies at risk of stillbirth or growth restriction.

Tickets for Cocktails and Conversations cost £49.50 and are available in tables of 10 or individually from or call 01236 782820.

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For more information about the Cocktails & Conversations Lunch please contact:

Cecilia Cooper, Action Medical research Scotland
T 01236 782820

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Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:

• tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
• helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
• targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.


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