Bloody Scotland 2015 programme announced

Martina Cole, Linwood Barclay, Ian Rankin and more set to appear at the crime writing festival

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This article is from 2015.

Bloody Scotland 2015 programme announced

The mystery of who will be found on the Bloody Scotland scene this year has been solved, with a host of major names confirmed to appear at the literary crime festival in 2015.

The event, which takes place across Stirling from Fri 11–Sun 13 Sep, features appearances from the likes of Martina Cole, Linwood Barclay and Ian Rankin, and will also celebrate the work of Agatha Christie, whose 125th anniversary is being honoured by the literary world this year.

Christie-centric events include translator Ragnar Jonasson and A is for Arsenic author Dr Kathryn Harkup discussing the art of chemistry in the author’s novels, plus Val McDermid and Lin Anderson chatting about the science of forensic evidence.

Agatha aside, Martina Cole’s appearance has been described as a ‘huge coup’ for the festival, as the critically acclaimed author previews her upcoming novel, Get Even. She will also appear in conversation with Guardian writer Erwin James, and if tickets to the event sell half as well as the ten million copies of her books did, it’s probably a good idea to book early.

After closing the festival in 2014, this year Ian Rankin is teaming up with Philip Kerr, author of the Bernie Gunther novels, to chat about what happens when a series’ lead detective becomes more popular than the writer. We can only speculate as to whether Rebus will be present at the event, but since he’s fictional, the answer is probably not. Also joining literary forces this year is Denise Mina and Belinda Bauer, who will be getting together to discuss the creations of intelligent, character-driven fiction.

If you’re a fan of Ann Cleeves’ Jimmy Perez novels, hold on to your bookmarks. After appearing at the festival to discuss her work, the author will be taking a group of readers to Shetland to explore the landscape that inspired her writing and the BBC series that followed. Waterproofs optional, but always advised.

The Shetland jaunt isn’t the only mud-filled event on the bill, as the Scotland v England all-crime-writers football match returns, with the likes of Rankin, Chris Brookmyre and Doug Johnstone already confirmed for the Scotland squad. It’s five-a-side, with the full squads to be announced at a later date, so try to keepie-uppie with that.

Back indoors, Hardeep Singh Kohli will be encouraging authors Caro Ramsay, Kevin Wignall and Brookmyre to improvise the plot of a novel live onstage, as part of Whose Crime is it Anyway, and a ragtag gang of writers will be hosting a night of song and comedy at the famous Curly Coo Pub.

The festival will be closed by Linwood Barclay, as the author of Trust Your Eyes comes over from Canada for a unique UK appearance.

With three months to go until the festival kicks off, now would be a good time to stockpile tartan noir, re-read some Christie classics, and book some tickets before Bloody Scotland goes and bloody sells out.

Bloody Scotland takes place Fri 11–Sun 13 Sep 2015 across Stirling.

This article is from 2015.

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.

Various venues: Stirling

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1. Sue Wheeler4 Jun 2015, 1:16pm Report

Looks interesting!

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