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Outlander author Diana Gabaldon today as she opens the 1st international Outlander conference at the University of Glasgow.

Expert scholars and Outlander fans are joining Dr Gabaldon to tackle themes 
such as Jacobite history, screen production, Scottish tourism, Gaelic and Scots, costume design, fandom, Claire Fraser’s medicine, and witchcraft. 

Dr Gabaldon’s talk is entitled, '"Why Scotland? Why Not Mexico?" Genes, Borders, Culture and Fiction: Why They Matter and When They Don't'.

The author, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow last year, said: “My lecture will be partly personal, as in why did I write a book set in Scotland. I will also be talking about how do I go about my business of writing, and what, if any, limits do I observe in what I write of how I write it.”

The Outlander literary series is made up of nine thrilling instalments, and tells the tale of a post-Second World War nurse who accidentally time travels to Jacobite Scotland. Outlander became one of the bestselling book series of all time and spawned the hugely popular TV series, currently in its seventh season.

The International Outlander Conference will take place from 18-22 July at the University of Glasgow and promises to be a landmark event. 

Notes to Editors
For more information please contact Áine Allardyce, University of Glasgow Communications Team on 07976 201938 or email

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