Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland celebrates the best Scottish and International crime fiction.

Bloody Scotland

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Bloody Scotland celebrates the best Scottish and International crime fiction. The festival will return for 2018 on the 21st, 22nd, & 23rd September.

Bloody Scotland established itself as the leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival in 2012 with acclaimed writers Lin Anderson and Alex Gray at the helm, then joined by Craig Robertson and Gordon Brown. Based in Stirling, Bloody Scotland has brought hundreds of crime writers new and established to the stage with always enthusiastic attendees who make the festival every bit as much as the writers do.

Priding ourselves as the literary festival where you can let down your hair and enjoy a drink at the bar with your favourite crime writer, we strive to put on entertaining as well as informative events during a weekend in September, covering a range of criminal subjects from fictional forensics, psychological thrillers, tartan noir, cosy crime and many more. With an international focus at the heart of Bloody Scotland, we are always looking to bring in crime writing talent from outside of Scotland whom you may not have heard about. You might, however, knows us for our annual Scotland vs England football cup which always draws a crowd and inevitably ends in tears for someone…

The Bloody Scotland Team 2018: Lin Anderson, Gordon Brown, Craig Robertson, Jenny Brown, Muriel Binnie, Catriona Reynolds, Bob McDevitt, Laura Jones, Abir Mukherjee, Fiona Brownlee & Tim Donald

Upcoming Events at Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland: The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers

Bloody Scotland: The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers

21st September 2018
The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers are ready to rock and you can see them at The Albert Halls on 21st September as part of Bloody Scotland.
Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Masterclass

Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Masterclass

21st September 2018
Bloody Scotland: Be inspired by a full day of crime-writing advice and tips with this Crime Writing Masterclass.
Bloody Scotland: Alanna Knight and Alex Gray: 50 Years in the Business of Crime

Bloody Scotland: Alanna Knight and Alex Gray: 50 Years in the Business of Crime

21st September 2018
Alanna Knight will discuss her remarkable 50 year career in conversation with her good friend, and Bloody Scotland co-founder, Alex Gray.
Bloody Scotland: Val McDermid and Denise Mina

Bloody Scotland: Val McDermid and Denise Mina

21st September 2018
The festival gets well underway in the company of two of Scotland’s, indeed the world’s, finest and most lauded crime writers, Val McDermid and Denise Mina.
Bloody Scotland: The Cry: Helen FitzGerald and cast members

Bloody Scotland: The Cry: Helen FitzGerald and cast members

21st September 2018
Helen FitzGerald will appear alongside leading cast members from The Cry, a major new BBC drama on TV this autumn, based on Helen's book.
Bloody Scotland: Gala Opening, McIlvanney Prize and Torchlight Procession

Bloody Scotland: Gala Opening, McIlvanney Prize and Torchlight Procession

21st September 2018
Bloody Scotland 2018 opens in the stunning and historic surroundings of the Church of the Holy Rude, followed by a torchlight procession through Stirling’s old town.
Bloody Scotland: Come hell or high concept: Doug Johnstone, Gordon Brown, Malcolm Mackay and Will Carver

Bloody Scotland: Come hell or high concept: Doug Johnstone, Gordon Brown, Malcolm Mackay and Will Carver

22nd September 2018
Join Doug Johnstone, Gordon Brown, Malcolm Mackay and Will Carver and let your imagination soar with theirs!
Bloody Scotland: Local crimes for local people: Neil Broadfoot, Margaret Kirk, Hania Allen and Charles E McGarry

Bloody Scotland: Local crimes for local people: Neil Broadfoot, Margaret Kirk, Hania Allen and Charles E McGarry

22nd September 2018
Meet four authors who have chosen to set their tales of dark and grisly deeds away from the traditional crime fiction killing fields of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Bloody Scotland: Alex Gray’s New Crimes: Alan Parks, Olivia Kiernan, Olga Wojtas and Amer Anwar

Bloody Scotland: Alex Gray’s New Crimes: Alan Parks, Olivia Kiernan, Olga Wojtas and Amer Anwar

22nd September 2018
Bloody Scotland co-founder and bestseller Alex Gray introduces four of the hottest debuts of the year at Allan Park South Church on 22nd September.
Bloody Scotland: The legacy of Brit Noir: Nick Triplow, Harry Brett and Cathi Unsworth

Bloody Scotland: The legacy of Brit Noir: Nick Triplow, Harry Brett and Cathi Unsworth

22nd September 2018
Nick Triplow has documented the life of Jack Carter’s creator Ted Lewis and the Brit Noir phenomenon. He is joined by two authors whose novels ably carry on this rich tradition.
Bloody Scotland: The Swedish Crime Wave: Christoffer Carlsson, Johana Gustawsson and Will Dean

Bloody Scotland: The Swedish Crime Wave: Christoffer Carlsson, Johana Gustawsson and Will Dean

22nd September 2018
Come along and hear from Christoffer Carlsson, Johana Gustawsson and Will Dean as Swedish novels continue to rock the crime fiction world.
The Generalist – A Murder Mystery Musical!

The Generalist – A Murder Mystery Musical!

22nd September 2018
The Generalist is a family-friendly murder mystery musical, containing a serious puzzle and thirteen completely original songs with brilliantly catchy tunes.
Bloody Scotland: Crime writing is a series business: David Mark, Fiona Cummins and Robert Scragg

Bloody Scotland: Crime writing is a series business: David Mark, Fiona Cummins and Robert Scragg

22nd September 2018
We all love a great crime fiction series that we can rely on to thrill and entertain us and these three authors have taken up the challenge with terrific results.
Bloody Scotland: The Quiz: master criminals and masterminds

Bloody Scotland: The Quiz: master criminals and masterminds

22nd September 2018
The Quiz: Val McDermid and Mark Billingham will captain two universally challenged teams of crime writers as they do battle for the most pointless trophy in the business.
Bloody Scotland: MC Beaton with Ashley Jensen

Bloody Scotland: MC Beaton with Ashley Jensen

22nd September 2018
We are bringing page and screen together for what is sure to be a fun and fascinating event as author MC Beaton is joined on stage by Ashley Jensen.
Bloody Scotland: Ambrose Parry

Bloody Scotland: Ambrose Parry

22nd September 2018
Ambrose who? Worry not. Parry is the pseudonym of Chris Brookmyre and his wife Dr Marisa Haetzman, a consultant anaesthetist, who have combined their talents to produce The Way of All Flesh.
Bloody Scotland: Stuart MacBride

Bloody Scotland: Stuart MacBride

22nd September 2018
Stuart MacBride, the multiple Sunday Times number one bestseller, will be interviewed by Jay Stringer at The Albert Halls on 22nd September as part of Bloody Scotland.
Bloody Scotland: Frank Gardner

Bloody Scotland: Frank Gardner

22nd September 2018
Frank Gardner talks about the highs and lows of his life at the BBC as well as his new role in tackling terrorists through the pages of his novels.
Bloody Scotland: Above the law: Steve Cavanagh and Tony Kent

Bloody Scotland: Above the law: Steve Cavanagh and Tony Kent

22nd September 2018
Meet two legal heavyweights and former boxers, Steve Cavanagh and Tony Kent, whose books pack a knockout punch.
Bloody Scotland: Two Crime Writers and a Microphone

Bloody Scotland: Two Crime Writers and a Microphone

22nd September 2018
Two Crime Writers and a Microphone, the surprise smash hit of Bloody Scotland 2017, returns with a stunning line up of guests.
Bloody Scotland: Around the world in 80 deaths: Joe Thomas, DB John and Henry Porter

Bloody Scotland: Around the world in 80 deaths: Joe Thomas, DB John and Henry Porter

22nd September 2018
Take a bloody spin around the globe in the company of three far-travelled crime writers, Joe Thomas, DB John and Henry Porter!
Bloody Scotland: 21st Century spies: Mick Herron, Kevin Wignall and Matthew Richardson

Bloody Scotland: 21st Century spies: Mick Herron, Kevin Wignall and Matthew Richardson

22nd September 2018
Join three authors, Mick Herron, Kevin Wignall and Matthew Richardson, who are taking the espionage thriller into ever-changing territory.
Bloody Scotland: Peter James

Bloody Scotland: Peter James

22nd September 2018
Peter James, one of the world’s leading crime writers, makes a welcome and long-awaited return to Bloody Scotland.
Bloody Scotland: The Kiwis are coming! Fiona Sussman, Paul Cleave, Denise Mina and Liam McIlvanney

Bloody Scotland: The Kiwis are coming! Fiona Sussman, Paul Cleave, Denise Mina and Liam McIlvanney

22nd September 2018
Bloody Scotland is delighted to welcome Fiona Sussman, Paul Cleave, Denise Mina and Liam McIlvanney for what’s sure to be a fascinating discussion.
Bloody Scotland: Family secrets: Ruth Ware, Mel McGrath and Caroline Mitchell

Bloody Scotland: Family secrets: Ruth Ware, Mel McGrath and Caroline Mitchell

22nd September 2018
You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family – a truism that could have deadly consequences in these psychological thrillers.
Bloody Scotland: Taking over the reins: Felix Francis and Stella Duffy

Bloody Scotland: Taking over the reins: Felix Francis and Stella Duffy

22nd September 2018
Following in the bloodied footsteps of two of the biggest names in crime fiction is a daunting task but these authors Felix Francis and Stella Duffy have done so with aplomb.
Bloody Scotland: Crime Writers on the psychologist’s couch: Dr Kathy Charles, Craig Robertson and Lin Anderson

Bloody Scotland: Crime Writers on the psychologist’s couch: Dr Kathy Charles, Craig Robertson and Lin Anderson

22nd September 2018
We go inside the twisted minds of two of Scotland’s leading authors in the company of psychologist Dr Kathy Charles.
Bloody Scotland: London Calling: James Oswald, Ed James and Lesley Kelly

Bloody Scotland: London Calling: James Oswald, Ed James and Lesley Kelly

22nd September 2018
The streets of old London town are not so much paved with gold but with blood as James Oswald, Ed James and Lesley Kelly head south for their latest books.
Bloody Scotland Football Match: Scotland v England

Bloody Scotland Football Match: Scotland v England

22nd September 2018
Scotland v England - Bloody Scotland Crime Writer's Football Match returns on 22nd September. Don't miss it!!
Bloody Scotland: Quintin Jardine and Denzil Meyrick

Bloody Scotland: Quintin Jardine and Denzil Meyrick

23rd September 2018
Meet Quintin Jardine and Denzil Meyrick, the authors behind two of the most successful police procedural series on the shelves, on September 23rd at The Albert Halls.
Bloody Scotland: Adios, Auf Weidersehen, Arrivederci, Au revoir

Bloody Scotland: Adios, Auf Weidersehen, Arrivederci, Au revoir

23rd September 2018
As Britain prepares to wave a tearful goodbye to the rest of Europe in 2019, we say our own farewells to the continent’s crime writers and ask what happens next.
Bloody Scotland: Pitch Perfect

Bloody Scotland: Pitch Perfect

23rd September 2018
Bloody Scotland: Pitch Perfect - Aspiring crime novelists pitch their synopses to a panel of industry experts in this event.
Bloody Scotland: The Reykjavik Connections: Ragnar Jonasson, Lilja Sigurdardottir and Simon Cox

Bloody Scotland: The Reykjavik Connections: Ragnar Jonasson, Lilja Sigurdardottir and Simon Cox

23rd September 2018
The people of Iceland will forever be grateful that the nation’s murder rate will never get near that portrayed by its celebrated crime writers. But where do the lines of fact and fiction blur?
Bloody Scotland: Time’s Up for violence against women: Sophie Hannah, Alexandra Sokoloff and Jo Jakeman

Bloody Scotland: Time’s Up for violence against women: Sophie Hannah, Alexandra Sokoloff and Jo Jakeman

23rd September 2018
The heart of the debate is whether crime novels have a responsibility to avoid violence against women and girls or should tackle the subject head-on, seeking a solution.
Bloody Scotland: Two lives lived in death: Professor Sue Black and Dr Richard Shepherd

Bloody Scotland: Two lives lived in death: Professor Sue Black and Dr Richard Shepherd

23rd September 2018
Hear from Professor Sue Black and Dr Richard Shepherd who spend their working day in burial sites or scenes of violence and murder.

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