Bloody Scotland launches online book club

Gordon Brown, Craig Robertson and Lin Anderson

Craig Robertson (centre) alongside Gordon Brown (left) and Lin Anderson (right) at the 2018 Bloody Scotland launch

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

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Bloody Scotland

An innovative festival drawing on Scotland's love of the literary macabre and celebrating crime writing by bringing together leading Scottish and international writers, showcasing debut voices and encouraging new writers. As well as interviews and panels there is a torchlight procession, criminal cabaret, a crime writer's…

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Bloody Scotland International Book Club

Online book club hosted by Bloody Scotland, Scotland's international crime writing festival, wherein readers around the world can take part in a monthly discussion about their favourite reads and recent finds alongside journalists, writers and bloggers. Hosted by Facebook Live.

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