The first book festival dedicated to crime fiction will take place in Stirling this September
It had to happen sooner or later. Given the uncanny and possibly disproportionate ability for Scotland to churn out crime writers by the dastardly dozen, someone somewhere just had to suggest inaugurating a festival wholly dedicated to the felonious form. And here it is in the shape of Bloody Scotland, situated in Stirling, deep in the heart of the nation.
During the course of three capillary-busting days, more than 40 authors will be showing up for events, talks and masterclasses with Ian Rankin (who else, really?) delivering the keynote speech on the opening night. What makes Scottish crime writing so distinctive and what is its relationship to crime fiction around the globe, asks the creator of Rebus? You could call it a rude awakening the following morning as Peter James, Denise Mina and Professor Sheila McLean ponder the notion of evil and consider whether the act of writing crime novels can be seen as a moral pursuit.
Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin OBE is best known as the creator of John Rebus, an Edinburgh-based detective who has been fighting crime his own way since 1987, with a bit of help from Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox.
Rankin is other the author of a play, a graphic novel and numerous short stories. He's won the…
£60 includes a welcome drink and two-course hot supper
Ian is interviewed on stage about his life, inspirations and plans for the future. There is also an open question and answer session as well as the chance for book signing at the end of the evening. Part of Carers Trust Scotland's 'An Evening With' series, raising funds for carers young and old across 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…
Gordon Brown (the Glaswegian crime writer, not the other one) chairs this hour of new crime writing talent, featuring Anna Smith, Sara Sheridan, Frank Muir and John Gordon Sinclair. Part of Bloody Scotland.