Humanitarian to visit for book launch

A noted American humanitarian will be visiting Carnoustie this month to support the launch of a new book about conditions in Rwanda.

Carl Wilkens, author of ‘I’m not leaving’ about his aid work during the Rwandan genocide, will be in town from August 24 to September 8.

He was invited to Scotland by Jim Bell the principal teacher of religious and moral education at Carnoustie High School, in time for the publication of ‘Outside Solace’ a book about the experiences of students from Carnoustie and Mississippi as they carry out humanitarian work in Rwanda.

‘Outside Solace’ uses a rich mix of photographs and heartfelt stories to give a first-hand account of what it is like to be part of a cross-cultural team and to witness the life-changing effects of the funding from Level 8 donors.

It is available for £10 and the profits will go towards a Level 8 project.

The book will be launched at 7 p.m. on September 7 at a special gala at Carnoustie Golf Hotel. Tickets are £25 and include a drinks reception, two course meal and live music from Gleadraich and Lucky To Be Here.

While in Scotland Carl will give talks to schoolchildren throughout Angus and Dundee and will also meet with some of the pupils who have contributed to ‘Outside Solace’.

On September 6 he will tell his story at a public meeting in Carnoustie High School theatre on September 6 at 7 p.m. His story may not be suitable for those under 12.

Tickets are £3 with all profits going toward’s Carl’s charity World Outside My Shoes.

Tickets and books can be purchased by contacting Jim at or by writing to Mr Bell, PT of RME, Carnoustie High School, Shanwell Road, DD7 7SS.