Bloody Scotland

Bloody Scotland’s seventh festival of crime fiction is back this September in its historical setting of Stirling.

This year’s international line up comes from no fewer than 14 different countries, making it the most cosmopolitan programme yet. Between them they have sold many millions of books across the globe, leaving murder and mayhem in their wake.

Household names such as Irvine Welsh, Peter James, Val McDermid, Louise Penny, Denise Mina, Stuart MacBride and Ann Cleeves. This year they assemble in Stirling along with the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, the BBC’s Frank Gardner, Professor Sue Black and many more.

The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers
Photography by Paul Reich

Friday 21st September

Kicking off with Bloody Scotland Masterclass, this inspirational day of writing is sure to be a sell-out. Later in the evening, join Alanna Knight MBE and Alex Gray in the Golden Lion Ballroom, as Alanna discusses her remarkable 50 year career in writing alongside her good friend and Bloody Scotland co-founder, Alex Gray. After this, head along to Allan Park South Church where you’ll get the opportunity to meet the writer of hit book, and major new BBC drama, The Cry, Helen FitzGerald alongside cast members.

As with previous years, the ever popular Gala Opening and Torchlight Procession takes place at twilight, join the event to find out who will be crowned winner of the prestigious McIlvanney Prize for 2018. After the procession leads you down to the Albert Halls, Val McDermid and Denise Mina entertain crowds ahead of the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers who will perform until midnight.

Saturday 22nd September

Never Mind the Buzzcops quiz at Bloody Scotland September 2017
Photography by Paul Reich

Saturday’s events kick off with a round of crime writing heavyweights across the city with ‘Crime Writers on the Psychologist’s Couch’ at the Albert Halls, ‘Above the Law’ at the Golden Lion Hotel and ‘The Swedish Crime Wave‘ at Allan Park South Church. Events continue throughout the day with bestselling authors such as Frank Gardner, Stuart MacBride and newcomer Ambrose Parry. Head up to the Bowling Green at Cowane’s Hospital as the Bloody Scotland Crime Writers of Scotland and England compete for The Bloody Cup.

The evening event programme is packed to the brim including entertainment at the Golden Lion Hotel as teams of crime writers battling head to head in The Quiz: master criminals and masterminds. The Tolbooth hosts family friendly ‘The Generalist: A Murder Mystery Musical’ – think Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap meets Tim Minchin’s Matilda! Finish off the day at The Curly Coo Bar where your host Craig Robertson leads you in an evening of song, poetry, laughter and whisky at ‘Crime at The Coo’.

Sunday 23rd September

Start the day at the Albert Halls with Professor Sue Black and Dr Richard Shepherd as they discuss books detailing fascinating careers in anatomy, forensic anthropology and forensic pathology. Explore the dark side of one of Scotland’s greatest writers Dame Muriel Spark with Louise Welsh, Zoe Strachan and Alan Taylor at the Golden Lion Ballroom. Wrap up your Bloody Scotland experience with Irvine Welsh as he talks about his latest book ‘Dead Men’s Trousers’ in an interview with fellow crime writer Kevin Wignall.

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