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Outlander author Diana Gabaldon will take centre stage at Eden Court, in Inverness, on October 15

By Ian Duncan

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Outlander authur Diana Gabaldon who is heading for Inverness.
Outlander authur Diana Gabaldon who is heading for Inverness.

Author of the international best-selling Outlander series of books, Diana Gabaldon, is set to appear for the first time at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness later this year.

An Audience with Diana Gabaldon will be on Saturday, October 15, features an evening in the company of the award-winning author who will share her inspirations, research, love of Scotland and perhaps an insight into the work-in-progress of book 10 in the series.

Tickets go on sale on Monday and are expected to be snapped up by fans eager to travel to the Highlands for the occasion.

Sinead Robertson, the chairwoman of local fan group Inverness Outlanders who invited the author to headline the event, said: "Inverness is the perfect setting for an event featuring Diana Gabaldon.

“Inverness is the home of Outlander and the starting point of the tumultuous time-travelling storylines set in 18th Century Jacobite Scotland, so it’s very fitting that she has agreed to come to the city which is at the heart of it all.

"It’s especially apt that she is visiting during the VisitScotland Year of Stories 2022, because we can think of no story set in Scotland that has had a bigger or more significant worldwide impact than Outlander.

“We also know from Diana that the Highland capital is her favourite place in Scotland, because it reminds her of the small mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona where she grew up.

"She says that she and her husband found Inverness enchanting and peaceful and somewhere they wouldn’t mind living. We’re sure she’ll enjoy the opportunity to visit the city again this autumn and the chance to meet many of her fans from Scotland and elsewhere.”

The first Outlander book was published in 1991 and, as of January 2022, the nine books in the series plus several spin-off novels have been published in 38 languages and sold in 114 countries.

In 2014, Outlander was adapted for television by Sony Pictures Television and has become a worldwide favourite with fans from UK and US to Australia and China.

The books and TV series have had a massive impact on tourism to the Highlands and Scotland.

In 2019 the author was presented with an International Contribution to Scottish Tourism award by VisitScotland at the Scottish Thistle Awards for the Outlander Effect, which has seen visitor numbers to attractions used in the television adaptation of her novels rise on average by 40 per cent from the year before their appearance on-screen.

Outlander follows the story of a married English Second World War combat nurse who mysteriously travels back in time to 18th Century Jacobite Scotland where she is forced to marry Scottish Highlander, Jamie Fraser, who she eventually falls in love with.

The early storylines follow the characters up to and beyond the Battle of Culloden in 1746, and the ninth book in the series Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone is set in the US in 1779 and 1780 as the American Revolution enters its final phase.

• Tickets for An Audience with Diana Gabaldon at Eden Court on Saturday, October 15, 2022 go on sale on Monday at 10am and are available from Eden Court Theatre priced at £20.

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