Susan Dalgety spent six months in Malawi from May 2019, interviewing scores of people and researching the country's history and its future prospects. During her stay, she filed a weekly 'Letter from Malawi' for The Scotsman. As the former head of communications for Lord McConnell, when he was First Minister of Scotland (2001-06), her first trip to Malawi was to set up the first official visit by the Scottish government, and help develop a bi-lateral co-operation agreement between the two countries, which remains in place today. She was previously chief writer on the Edinburgh Evening News, deputy leader of Edinburgh City Council and Director of Communication for Scottish Labour, as well as editor of the Wester Hailes Sentinel - Scotland's ground-breaking community newspaper during the 1980s and '90s. Her first book ‘The Spirit of Malawi’ published by LuathPress is now available.