Bloody Scotland launches online book club
- Deborah Chu
- 1 March 2021
The international festival of crime writing keeps fans connected around the world with new monthly discussion series
Much-loved crime writing festival Bloody Scotland has announced the launch of a new virtual book club, designed to keep crime fans around the world entertained and connected amidst ongoing lockdown restrictions. The monthly discussion series kicks off Wed 31 March at 7pm on Facebook Live, and will continue on the last Wednesday of every month thereafter, with a rotating panel of journalists, bloggers, podcasters and booksellers joining in on each session.
Since its arrival on the festival scene in 2012, Bloody Scotland has descended upon Stirling every September, bringing with it much literary blood, guts, gore and fun – that is, with the exception of last year, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit and the festival took a successful turn to digital. Bloody Scotland regularly welcomes massive names on the crime scene both at home and abroad, including the likes of Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina and more, and many festival favourites are slated to make an appearance at the Bloody Scotland Book Club.
Its first edition will be hosted by crime writer Craig Robertson, who will lead audiences on a discussion of Laidlaw by the great William McIlvanney; Helen Fitzgerald's psychological thriller Worst Case Scenario, and DI Eve Hunter's debut in Deborah Masson's Out For Blood, which was awarded the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize last year. Robertson and company will be joined by journalist Jane Hamilton, blogger Mary Picken, podcaster Zoe Venditozzi and bookseller Simon Lloyd of Waterstones.
Bloody Scotland's Festival Director, Bob McDevitt, says of the new online initiative, 'We thought the book club would be an opportunity for crime fans to discuss their recent finds, exciting debuts and also to look back at some classic books and established authors with a fresh pair of eyes. I've certainly been reading more in the past few months and look forward to being able to chat about books in the group.'
Blood Scotland Book Club, Wed 31 March, 7pm. Bloody Scotland returns Fri 17–Sun 19 September, for more information visit bloodyscotland.com.