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Although 50 Shades of Grey has been regarded as a mediocre book and a dreadful film, there is no doubt that sex sells.

An award-winning author will run a workshop on writing about sex at a book festival in Dumfries and Galloway. Hopefully that will get Scotland's pulses racing and cash registers ringing.

Michèle Roberts, who won the WH Smith literary award for her novel Daughters of the House, will run the class at the Big Lit in Gatehouse of Fleet.

It is one of the highlights of the four-day event, which will run from 16 April.

Festival organiser Chyrs Salt said: "For four days in April we will be turning a quiet and pretty historic town in the depths of rural Dumfries and Galloway into a den of sex and revelry - which will be great fun." (Graphic of the Clock Tower in Gatehouse of Fleet is © David Hawgood via Wikimedia Commons).

On a more conventional note, local author Karen Campbell will read from her post-referendum novel Rise. She is known for her crime novels which are set in Glasgow and feature Sgt Anna Cameron.

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Tam O'Ranter
March 2015

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