Top author talks to Chatterbox
Author Christopher Brookmyre features on the cover of our Spring edition, and there's an exclusive interview with him inside.
He's just one of several big names who travel to Cromarty in April for the annual Crime and Thrillers Weekend, but we've plenty of local names too, like herbalist Cornelia Hughes – fighting back after gossips accused her of occult goings-on in her back room.
We talk to Caroline Grant and Robert Creamer, the new couple behind the counter at the refurbished Fortrose Post Office, now Green Tree Gift Shop; we look at life inside Munlochy Animal Aid with Iona Nicol; and we find out how Claire, Mark and the rest of the Hemsworth family have settled into the Spar at Rosemakie.
We also meet the life-saving RNLI team beneath Kessock Bridge, the tourism group planning to spread the word about the Black Isle's attractions, and learn about the proposed new heart for Culbokie and the work to restore Kirkmichael.
Both sides of the wind turbine debate put forward their opinions, and there's lots more news from all around the Black Isle... not to forget Spud, the dolphin-detecting dog!
The only bad news is that our price has risen, for the first time in five years, to £1.50 – but for 48 packed pages we still think Black Isle Chatterbox is the best value around. Buy a copy and decide for yourself.
Russell Turner, Editor