Love is and has always been a preoccupation of humankind. It is the thread connecting us all and so writers will always write about it. From romance through to familial love and its associated entanglements, love is the knot we are always trying to unpick. So why is Romance not given the same literary weight as other genres? Why is writing about sex considered more risqué than writing about murder?Join our panel of authors Sandra Ireland, Laura Lam, Tracy Gow and Noelle Harrison with Dawn Geddes as chair in Blackwell’s for a House of Elrick artisan gin bespoke cocktail beautifully crafted by Thalia Vazquez as they discuss the enduring relevance and mysteries of the love story. Over 18’s only!Sandra Ireland was born in England and lived for many years in Ireland before returning to Scotland, her spiritual home. She studied for a MLitt in Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, where she now works as a tutor on the creative writing programme. She also runs various workshops and writing retreats.Her debut novel Beneath the Skin, which deals with PTSD and past trauma, was shortlisted for a Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award in 2017. Her latest novel Bone Deep was published by Polygon this summer. The story is a modern re-imagining of an old border ballad about two sisters who quarrel by the millpond with far-reaching and deadly consequences. What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person?The tagline reveals Sandra’s preoccupation with the darker side of love: unsuitable liaisons, taboo entanglements and shady romantic intrigue…Originally from sunny California, Laura Lam now lives in cloudy Scotland. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance, all with a hefty dose of genre blending. She is currently releasing geeky F/F romance under the name Laura Ambrose, with titles such as A Hidden Hope and A Perfect Balance. Her next novel will be the feminist space opera, Seven Devils, co-written with Elizabeth May. Lam is also the author of BBC Radio 2 Book Club selection False Hearts, the companion novel Shattered Minds, as well as the award-winning Micah Grey series Pantomime, Shadowplay, and Masquerade. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in anthologies such as Nasty Women, Solaris Rising 3, Cranky Ladies of History, and more. She lectures part-time at Edinburgh Napier University on the Creative Writing MA.Tracy Gow is a former television camerawoman and an award-winning professional photographer. She says that a life spent behind the lens has given her a wealth of material which she can use in her writing. As a former wedding photographer, she’s also something of an expert when it comes to romance. Prompted by a friend, Tracy entered the Prima Magazine/Mills & Boon Love to Write competition in the spring of 2017 discovering she’d won just weeks before starting a full-time master’s degree in Writing Practice and Study at Dundee University. In 2018 she obtained her M.Litt with Distinction and was also awarded the Gavin Wallace Memorial Prize for best overall performance. Her Mills & Boon debut, Her Brooding Scottish Heir was released under the pen name, Ella Hayes in December 2018. She’s signed a two-book deal with Mills & Boon for 2019 and is also working on a coming of age story set in Scotland, which she hopes will be ready to submit to agents by the end of the year.Dawn Geddes is a freelance journalist and writer. Specialising in literary journalism, she is The Scots Magazine’s Book Correspondent, interviewing authors and writing about Scotland’s top book festivals and events. She also contributes frequently to a number of other national newspapers and magazinesincluding: Mslexia, The People’s Friend, Living Magazine, Gurgle.com, Scottish Wedding Directory, Daily Record, Scots Heritage, The Courier, Scottish Field, Scotland Now and MADE, to name but a few. When she’s not busy writing features, she spends her time crafting fiction for young adults and running writing retreats and courses for fellow authors through Chasing Time Scotland and Lifelong Learning Dundee.Noelle Harrison is the Irish author of six novels – the best-selling Beatrice, A Small Part of Me, I Remember, The Adulteress, The Secret Loves of Julia Caesar, and her latest The Gravity of Love published by Black and White Publishing in May 2018. She writes time-slip love stories focusing on family secrets and lies. Her short stories have been published in Gutter Magazine of New Scottish Writing, and in the anthology Lines of Vision, Irish Writers on Irish Art published by the National Gallery of Ireland. Noelle has also written the literary erotic trilogy Valentina under the pen name Evie Blake, published in thirteen different countries and featuring on Der Spiegel Bestseller List in Germany. Based in Edinburgh in Scotland, Noelle is the founder of Aurora Writers Retreats running courses in creative writing, tarot and yoga in Edinburgh, Norway and Ireland. For more information, or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact the Blackwell's Edinburgh events team on 0131 622 8237 or email@example.com.