BLOODY SCOTLAND INTERNATIONAL CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL LAUNCHES 2017 PROGRAMME INCLUDING OPENING RECEPTION AT STIRLING CASTLE & TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION TO A SPECIAL EVENT STARRING IAN RANKIN
8-10 September 2017
Bloody Scotland is thrilled to be utilising the most iconic building in Stirling, the Castle, where we will be hosting our gala opening and the announcement of this year’s McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year. This year the international judging panel comes from three continents – crime writer Craig Sisterson, comedian Susan Calman and Chair & Director of Granite Noir, Lee Randall. Following the opening reception, there will be a torchlight procession – open to the public – down to the Albert Halls where Ian Rankin will be talking about 30 years of Rebus.
Ian’s is not the only 30-year anniversary because on Saturday we will also be celebrating with Val McDermid, whose first crime novel was published in September 1987.
Other leading authors on the programme include the fabulous Lynda La Plante, Peter May, Mark Billingham, Denise Mina, Karen Rose, Chris Carter, Ann Cleeves, Booker shortlisted Graeme Macrae Burnet, Denzil Meyrick, Mason Cross, Louise Welsh, Simon Kernick, Clare Mackintosh, M J Arlidge and last year’s McIlvanney Prize winner Chris Brookmyre. There are also familiar names including John Gordon Sinclair, Vince Cable, Douglas Henshall & deputy chief constable of Scotland, Iain Livingstone.
Bloody Scotland has always encouraged new writers and emerging talent – in the last couple of years Gordon Brown has done an excellent job introducing our ‘Spotlights’ and this year we are like proud parents as we welcome home a panel entirely made up of authors who have secured publication as a result of their appearance at our Pitch Perfect session including Waterstone’s crime fiction buyer turned Sunday Times bestseller, Joseph Knox.
The Golden Lion will remain the social hub of the Festival with a Waterstone’s bookshop, well-stocked bar, the ballroom for events and green room/press office. The Albert Halls will remain the largest venue with capacity for 700 but this year, due to popular demand, we have added another large venue between the two, the Allan Park South Church with seating for 120.
There continues to be a discount for local residents, tickets for the unemployed and this year we have improved disabled access and are providing a mini bus between venues for those that need it.
There is a quiz, a play, forensics, the Scotland-England crime writers football match, a late-night gig from the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a live podcast and the perennially popular Crime at the Coo.
‘Bloody Scotland draws crime writers from all over the UK and indeed all over the world, and it does so because it delivers something they crave even more than each other’s company and a generous supply of drink. It delivers an enthusiastic and appreciative audience, which continues to grow year on year. One of the reasons for this is that Bloody Scotland is a very relaxed and informal affair, blurring the barriers between writers and readers, between festival and convention.’
Chris Brookmyre, winner of the McIlvanney Prize 2016, speaking at the 2017 launch
To book your tickets and find out more please visit www.bloodyscotland.com
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