#BloodyScotland: Press Release: On track to be the best year yet!


Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival 8-10 September 2017

Proof that a bloody good programme results in bloody good sales

At the end of June, one month after the programme was launched, Bloody Scotland reveals ticket sales are up 50% on this time last year

Ann Cleeves & Douglas Henshall look to sell out the 700 seater Albert Halls

Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, both celebrating their 30th Anniversaries this year, are close behind.

The ever popular ‘Crime at the Coo’ cabaret night sold out on the same day tickets went on sale so anyone wanting some musical fun should come to the Friday night crime quiz, Never Mind the Buzzcops, which this year will be followed by a gig from the Fun Lovin’ Criminals aka Doug Johnstone, Mark Billingham, Stuart Neville, Luca Veste and Val McDermid

Tickets to the opening reception at Stirling Castle where we will be celebrating the launch of the Bloody Scotland book and announcing the winner of the McIlvanney Prize 2017 followed by a torchlight procession are selling fast. It’s the only event for which press tickets are not automatically available so please buy them if you would like to come along. The price of £20 only covers costs.


Singing crime writers. Feature about why so many crime writers are frustrated musicians.
Crime at the Coo has already sold out. Val McDermid, Doug Johnstone, Mark Billingham, Stuart Neville and Luc Veste will be appearing in the band – Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers on Friday night and the Slice Girls – a group of female crime writers who don burlesque outfits to perform at crime conventions throughout the world were born at Bloody Scotland a few years ago. Interview Doug Johnstone from the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers or Steph Broadribb from the Slice Girls.
Source event: Never Mind the Buzzcops and Crime at the Coo (page 8 & 17)

The rise of the podcast.
Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste are the authors behind the mic of the freshest most in your face podcast in crime fiction. They will broadcast their show live and uncensored from Bloody Scotland with guests Ian Rankin, Eva Dolan and Mark Billingham. This month Ann Cleeves and Chris Brookmyre appeared on the Guardian podcast talking about their contributions to the Bloody Scotland book (page 17)

Inspirational Scottish locations.
The new book to be published by Historic Environment Scotland features stories by leading Scottish crime writers set in historic locations. Great stories, great names, great photos of iconic Scottish buildings.
Source event: Building Plots with Louise Welsh, Doug Johnstone & E S Thompson (Page 19)

Police work fact & fiction.
Feature based on crime authors & real world crime fighters. Just how close do their notes/characters compare?
Source event: The Policing Behind Procedurals with Alex Gray (page 9)

On the run in the sun.
From Death on the Nile to CSI Miami there is an enduring appeal in crime set in an idyllic location. Robert Thorogood, creator of BBC’s Death in Paradise filmed in the Caribbean, could talk about bringing crime fiction in sun soaked locations to the small screen.
Source event: Watching the Detectives (page 11)

Tale of Two cities
Latter day Sodom & Gomorrah. Two cities (LA and Vegas) that feel more like film sets than real places. Travel/arts feature on the continual lure of these two cities and the inspiration they provide for crime fiction
Source event: From Tinseltown to Sin City: Chris Carter & Mason Cross (page 14)

A Life Less Ordinary.
Born in Brazil, a trained criminal psychologist, toured the world as a professional rock musician and once a part of an all-male exotic dancing group Chris Carter is coming to Stirling and is the author of number one chart topper The Caller his eighth book. Do you need any more angles?
Source event: From Tinseltown to Sin City: Chris Carter (page 14)

Staging the Perfect Crime.
From the Mousetrap, An Inspector Calls to Bloody Scotland’s very own stage production featuring Inspector Faro as penned by Alanna Knight long-time supporter and patron of Bloody Scotland. A criminal act – how the stage has played a leading role in the development of crime fiction.
Source event: A Play: Inspector Faro Investigates (page 22)

For further information, to set up an interview with any featured authors, Director Bob McDevitt or the authors who founded Bloody Scotland – Lin Anderson, Alex Gray, Craig Robertson and Gordon Brown –  or to request press tickets please contact fiona@brownleedonald.com
07767 431 846

We will be launching a blog tour in August running up to the festival linked to the Bloody Scotland book. If you would like to be involved please let me know
@brownlee_donald @bloodyscotland

Download pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/brx1d4q26bnacpd/AAC_rdEWjNBxlB0w8Ptu_jMBa?dl=0

Download the programme here:


‘It’s shaping up to be a record-breaking year at Bloody Scotland – we sold twice as many tickets on our first day as last year.’’
Bob McDevitt, Director of Bloody Scotland, June 2017

 ‘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
Chris Brookmyre, winner of the McIlvanney Prize 2016, speaking at the 2017 launch

 ‘What a year for Scottish crime writing as we celebrate 30 years of both Rebus, and of Val McDermid’s singular talent. Bloody Scotland is a brilliant platform for one of Scotland’s fastest growing exports – and as usual the festival presents a terrific mix of our best loved and brand new writers. A fun and inventive program, with everything from forensics to football, awaits and we look forward to joining the throngs. We wish the festival every success for 2017, and are proud to be among its supporters’
Jenny Niven, Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing at Creative Scotland:

‘As a social enterprise, with a strong, ethical focus, Book Donors is delighted to be able to support the excellent work of Bloody Scotland. We wholeheartedly endorse their initiatives to widen public access, and to support emerging and established authors alike.’
Tom Murdoch-Kenny, Managing Director of Book Donors

‘We’re delighted to be hosting the Bloody Scotland Festival in Stirling again and look forward to welcoming many authors and visitors from around the world. This year’s spectacular programme of events will appeal to a wide variety of crime fiction fans and will be fantastic for promoting tourism and culture in our region.” 
Carol Beattie, Interim Director Children, Communities and Enterprise, Stirling Council

‘I went to Bloody Scotland and I was just knocked out…this event was so friendly, so supportive I was honestly overwhelmed’
William McIlvanney – speaking on BBC Scotland, 2012


Bloody Scotland is Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, providing a showcase for the best crime writing from Scotland and the world, unique in that it was set up by a group of Scottish crime writers in 2012. The festival uses a number of atmospheric, historic venues in Stirling’s Old Town setting it apart from other literary festivals. Full information at www.bloodyscotland.com

Bloody Scotland has always encouraged new writers and emerging talent and this year welcome home a panel entirely made up of authors who have secured publication following 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 hall 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.

Bloody Scotland is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Funding, Stirling Council, the Open University and Stirling University. Bookdonors have remained our title sponsor for a second year running and Waterstone’s will once again be our festival bookseller. We have also secured a number of new sponsors including: Shetland Distillery Company, National Library of Scotland, Faculty of Advocates and Stirling Gin

A Bloody Scotland book of short stories will be published by HES and launched on the opening night of the festival. Six of the twelve authors featured in the book have been longlisted for this years McIlvanney Prize. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is the lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment.

Lin Anderson, Chris Brookmyre, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Craig Robertson appear in the Bloody Scotland book and are also longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2017. Other authors on the longlist are Helen Fields (Harper Collins), Claire MacLeary (Contraband), Owen Mullen (Bloodhound), Ian Rankin (Orion), Craig Russell (Quercus) and Jay Stringer (Thomas & Mercer)

The judges will be chaired by Programmer of Granite Noir, Lee Randall, comedian and crime fiction fan, Susan Calman and journalist, Craig Sisterson who between them cover three continents. The finalists will be revealed at the beginning of September and the winner kept under wraps until the ceremony itself.

Previous winners are Chris Brookmyre with Black Widow 2016, Craig Russell with The Ghosts of Altona in 2015, Peter May with Entry Island in 2014, Malcolm Mackay with How A Gunman Says Goodbye in 2013 and Charles Cumming with A Foreign Country in 2012.


Press passes will be issued to journalists with appropriate accreditation. Please report to the press office in the Golden Lion on arrival. However please note that the Curly Coo has already sold out so if you want a musical experience at Bloody Scotland you should join us on Friday night for the crime quiz after which the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers will be performing live. The charge for tickets at the opening reception at the Castle only covers our costs so I’m afraid that we can’t offer free tickets to anyone other than authors on the McIlvanney longlist and featured in the Bloody Scotland anthology however we would still love you to join us for what is going to be a unique start to the Festival.

Tickets are on sale to the public from www.bloodyscotland.com or at the Box Office in the Tolbooth Stirling or in the Albert Halls. Free standby tickets are available to the unemployed or those on a low income on the day of the event if there is good availability. Proof of eligibility is required and tickets are limited to one person. A 10% discount is available to people residing in the Stirling Council area. You must give your address at the time of booking. Visit http://www.bloodyscotland.com /localdiscount for details

For further information or to arrange an interview with the Director, Bob McDevitt or one of the crime writers on the board of Bloody Scotland – Lin Anderson, Alex Gray, Gordon Brown or Craig Robertson – please contact fiona@brownleedonald.com 07767 431846 @brownlee_donald
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