Today was a very special day for crime fiction fans! It was the launch of Bloody Scotland 2019!It’s bigger and it’s better, if that’s even possible!
I took a sneaky wee holiday from work today to attend the launch event through in Stirling for what has got to be the best international crime writing festival ever! There was a real buzz about the place as the Go Forth Stirling, road train arrived outside the Golden Lion, welcoming aboard some of the top names in crime fiction.
Festival director, Bob McDevitt opened up the press launch giving attendees a taste of things to come!
Queen of Crime fiction, Val McDermid spoke of the tremendous growth of a festival which was born from Alex Gray and Lin Anderson “picking her brains” about the potential for Scotland setting up our own equivalent to Harrogate. The first festival took place in 2012 and it just gets bigger and better every year.
A few highlights include…
Alexander McCall Smith
Alex Gray and Lin Anderson, interviewed by the BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth
Denise Mina and Louise Welsh
Nicci French and Ambrose Parry
Icelandic queen of crime Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Mark Billingham and,
straight from our favourite game show Pointless, Richard Osman, who will be releasing his first crime novel The Thursday Murder Club next year.
It was then time for a very special pre festival event with Val McDermid in conversation with Alan McCredie discussing her use of distinctive settings across Scotland in her latest photography book My Scotland.
If you have never been to the Bloody Scotland then you don’t know what you are missing; it’s a weekend of crime, fun and mayhem; with everything from author panels to football to a spectacular torchlight procession. Make this year, the year to go!
As Val McDermid rightly said, Bloody Scotland has something for everyone. Nobody leaves the festival without their head birling like a peerie!
You can see the brochure and get your tickets for the event on the link below:
Look forward to seeing you all in September!