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Book Launch: Rachelle Atalla
The Pharmacist

Friday 23rd September
1 - 2pm BST

Pavilion, University of Aberdeen King's Campus 

Join us to celebrate Rachelle Atalla’s debut novel, The Pharmacist.

Set in a dramatically oppressive, post-apocalyptic underground bunker where Wolfe is the resident pharmacist, tending to desperate needs and embroiled in dark power struggles, this is a captivating work. The Pharmacist examines motherhood, morality (or the loss of it), power struggles, love and desperation. Come along to hear Rachelle talk about this, ‘horrendously claustrophobic, utterly absorbing debut.’ (Daily Mail).


Rachelle Atalla is a Scottish-Egyptian novelist, short story writer and screenwriter based in Glasgow, who previously worked as a community pharmacist for a decade. Thankfully she has yet to be locked in a bunker but there is still time.

Her short stories have been published widely in literary anthologies; she is the recipient of a Scottish New Writers Book Trust Award and co-edits New Writing Scotland. Her first short film screenplay Trifle was commissioned by The Scottish Film and Talent Network, and most recently Rachelle was selected to participate in the 2021 Young Films Foundation Skye residency programme, developing her first feature length screenplay with BBC Films.

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