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Inverness crime writer Margaret Kirk signs up for Birchwood Highland


By Andrew Dixon


Mental health charity Birchwood Highland is celebrating the appointment of local crime writer Margaret Kirk as the organisation’s newest ambassador.

Best known for her Highland Noir Scottish crime fiction, set in and around her home town of Inverness, she used to work at the charity’s residential recovery centre in the city – the only facility of its kind in Scotland.

She is set to work closely with Birchwood Highland staff and volunteers to help raise awareness of its services.

Margaret Kirk (right) with Mairi Macdonald (left, Birchwood Highland fundraising and communications manager) and Annabel Mowat.
Margaret Kirk (right) with Mairi Macdonald (left, Birchwood Highland fundraising and communications manager) and Annabel Mowat.

“I feel very honoured,” she said. “My main character’s mother lives with mental ill-health, and it was important to me to show that Grace is a person in her own right and not defined by her condition.

“I’m very much looking forward to taking part in Birchwood’s planned calendar of events and to helping to raise awareness of the vital work the charity undertakes.”

Recovery centre manager Annabel Mowat, who is the charity’s deputy chief executive, said: “The entire Birchwood Highland team are delighted to have Margaret on board as an ambassador, having previously known her in her capacity as a member of staff, and having witnessed her recent writing successes proudly from afar.

“Margaret has always supported Birchwood Highland’s work, and has a real understanding of our mission, ethos, values and aims.”

Other ambassadors for Birchwood Highland include style consultant Amanda Latham and STV News reporter Nicola McAlley.



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