Bloody Scotland 2022: dates announced

5th October, 2021

After the resounding success of our 2021 hybrid festival, we are so excited to extend our run for next year! Bloody Scotland 2022 will now start in the historic town of Stirling on Thursday 15 September with the torchlight parade and awards presentation and run through to Sunday 18 September.


As Bloody Scotland starts planning for the 10th Anniversary in 2022, founding chair, Jenny Brown is stepping down although she will remain on the board. She said:


It’s been an honour to chair Bloody Scotland since the idea of a Scottish crime writing festival was just an ambitious twinkle in the eyes of co-founders Lin Anderson and Alex Gray, to the splendid internationally-renowned event we have today. The success of the festival is down to the creativity of its directors and whole team, the dedication and energy of the Board, the commitment from our partners, the enthusiasm of crime readers and, above all, the brilliant support from crime writers themselves. As we look forward to Bloody Scotland’s 10th Anniversary in 2022, it’s great to be handed over the chair to Jamie Crawford, with the Festival in such good shape for its second decade.’


Incoming chair, publisher and TV presenter, James Crawford said:
‘Having been involved with Bloody Scotland as publisher of the Bloody Scotland book, and as judge for two years on the McIlvanney Prize, I am delighted to be joining as Chair. This is a festival that has a very strong identity and a clear and ambitious vision for the future, and I am very much looking forward to helping shape the plans for its 10th anniversary in 2022.’


Bob McDevitt will remain as Festival Director for 2022 supported by the marketing team Fiona Brownlee, Tim Donald and Jessica McGoff and the rest of the board, authors Abir Mukherjee, Lin Anderson, Craig Robertson and Gordon Brown with Catriona Reynolds and Muriel Robertson.

In the meantime, you can still get your Bloody Scotland fill by joining our Book Club discussion group and catching up each month on our Youtube playlist.

Roll on 2022!