Ann Cleeves: in conversation with Lin Anderson

Albert Halls | Saturday 14th September

Ann Cleeves: in conversation with Lin Anderson

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Ann Cleeves: in conversation with Lin Anderson

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We are delighted that one of the world’s best-loved crime writers is making a welcome return to Bloody Scotland. Ann Cleeves is the creator of three outstanding crime series, two much-loved television drama in Vera and Shetland, and 36 novels translated into over 20 languages. Vera returns in The Dark Wives, as two bodies and a missing teenager set DI Stanhope onto a dark path where fact and folklore collide.
Ann will be in conversation with Bloody Scotland co-founder Lin Anderson. The latest in Lin’s Rhona MacLeod series, Whispers of the Dead, features a gangland slaying and a missing movie star in Glasgow.

Saturday 14th September, 16:00, Albert Halls


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Peter May: In conversation with Craig Robertson

Albert Halls | Saturday 14th September

Peter May: In conversation with Craig Robertson

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Peter May: In conversation with Craig Robertson

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We are delighted that one of the world’s best-loved crime writers is making a welcome return to Bloody Scotland.

This is a long-awaited return for one of Scotland’s favourite sons. The hugely popular Peter May is back on the Stirling stage for the first time since 2017 and is guaranteed a warm welcome. As a journalist, television writer and producer, and multi-award-winning author, Peter has had a remarkable career. From his first novel, The Reporter in 1978, through the Enzo series, the China thrillers, and the Lewis Trilogy, he’s delighted readers across the world. Now we eagerly await the publication of The Black Loch, the much-anticipated fourth Lewis book. It doesn’t disappoint! 

Peter will be in conversation with author Craig Robertson. 

Saturday 14th September, 19:00, Albert Halls


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Richard Armitage

Albert Halls | Friday 13th September

Richard Armitage

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Richard Armitage

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We welcome one of the UK’s most popular actors to Bloody Scotland in his latest role as bestselling author. Richard Armitage’s string of stellar acting credits include The Hobbit, North and South, Into the Storm, and Spooks, but he’s now turned his talents to writing crime fiction with his outstanding debut Geneva. A Nobel Prize-winning scientist with Alzheimer’s attends a biotech conference where technology will be unveiled that could save her life. But with her memory failing, Sarah Collier knows only that she can trust no one. Not even herself.

Richard will be interviewed by TV and radio presenter Bryan Burnett.

Friday 13th September, 20:30, Albert Halls


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Peter May: In conversation with Craig Robertson

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We are delighted that one of the world’s best-loved crime writers is making a welcome return to Bloody Scotland.

This is a long-awaited return for one of Scotland’s favourite sons. The hugely popular Peter May is back on the Stirling stage for the first time since 2017 and is guaranteed a warm welcome. As a journalist, television writer and producer, and multi-award-winning author, Peter has had a remarkable career. From his first novel, The Reporter in 1978, through the Enzo series, the China thrillers, and the Lewis Trilogy, he’s delighted readers across the world. Now we eagerly await the publication of The Black Loch, the much-anticipated fourth Lewis book. It doesn’t disappoint! 

Peter will be in conversation with author Craig Robertson. 

Live at 19:00 on Saturday 14th September, online until 30th September


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Richard Armitage - Digital ticket

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Richard Armitage

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We welcome one of the UK’s most popular actors to Bloody Scotland in his latest role as bestselling author. Richard Armitag’s string of stellar acting credits include The Hobbit, North and South, Into the Storm, and Spooks, but he’s now turned his talents to writing crime fiction with his outstanding debut Geneva. A Nobel Prize-winning scientist with Alzheimer’s attends a biotech conference where technology will be unveiled that could save her life. But with her memory failing, Sarah Collier knows only that she can trust no one. Not even herself.

Richard will be interviewed by TV and radio presenter Bryan Burnett.

Live at 20:30 on Friday 13th September, online until 30th September.


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Louise Minchin and Ruth Ware

Albert Halls | Sunday 15th September

Louise Minchin and Ruth Ware

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Louise Minchin and Ruth Ware

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As a special Sunday treat for being so good all weekend, we offer a TV favourite and an international bestseller who have both placed reality television at the heart of their new books. Louise presented BBC Breakfast for 20 years as well as a host of other shows. Her first foray into fiction is with the acclaimed Isolation Island which draws deep on her TV experience. Ruth has had a string of stunning hits across the globe, such as The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark, Wood, and is on top form in her new blockbuster One Perfect Couple.

This event will be chaired by TV and radio presenter Bryan Burnett.

Sunday 15th September, 12:00, Albert Halls


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Ann Cleeves: in conversation with Lin Anderson

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We are delighted that one of the world’s best-loved crime writers is making a welcome return to Bloody Scotland. Ann Cleeves is the creator of three outstanding crime series, two much-loved television drama in Vera and Shetland, and 36 novels translated into over 20 languages. Vera returns in The Dark Wives, as two bodies and a missing teenager set DI Stanhope onto a dark path where fact and folklore collide.
Ann will be in conversation with Bloody Scotland co-founder Lin Anderson. The latest in Lin’s Rhona MacLeod series, Whispers of the Dead, features a gangland slaying and a missing movie star in Glasgow.

Live at 16:00 on Saturday 14th September, online until 30th September.


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Digital Pass

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You can choose to watch a curated selection of events online.

You can watch these events live at the following

times plus your pass will give you access to catch-up

until the end of September.

THERE WILL BE 15 EVENTS INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR’S PASS. THE FULL LIST WILL BE PUBLISHED ON 20TH JUNE.

FRIDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER

8.30pm Richard Armitage

SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER

4pm Ann Cleeves in conversation

with Lin Anderson

7pm Peter May in conversation with

Craig Robertson


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SHORTLIST REVEALED FOR THE BLOODY SCOTLAND DEBUT PRIZE 2024

SHORTLIST REVEALED FOR THE BLOODY SCOTLAND

DEBUT PRIZE 2024


The Bloody Scotland Debut Prize celebrates its 5th Anniversary this year. Previous winners include Claire Askew (2019), Deborah Masson (2020), Robbie Morrison (2021), Tariq Ashkanani (2022) and Kate Foster (2023) who has gone on to be longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2024 and shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger 2024.

The full shortlist for the 2024 Bloody Scotland Debut Prize is:

Suzy Aspley with Crow Moon (Orenda). Suzy was born in South Shields and grew up in Tyne and Wear but she has lived near Aberfoyle in Stirlingshire for the past two decades. A regular attendee of the festival she won Pitch Perfect in 2019 with the idea that became Crow Moon.

Daniel Aubrey with Dark Island (Harper North). Daniel grew up in Cheshire but now lives in Moffat in Dumfriesshire. He first attended Bloody Scotland in 2022 when his friend, Sarah Smith, was shortlisted for the debut award and his own debut was just going out on submission. He was back in 2023 when his partner, Danielle Devlin, was selected for ‘Crime in the Spotlight’.

Allan Gaw with The Silent House of Sleep (SA Press). A medical pathologist by training Allan was a runner up in the 2023 Glencairn / Bloody Scotland short crime story competition and his story – The Last Tram to Gorbals Cross – went on to be published in Scottish Field magazine in April 2023.

Doug Sinclair with Blood Runs Deep (Storm Publishing). Born in Edinburgh and now living in Armadale, Doug first visited Bloody Scotland in 2014 to attend the Masterclass. He has attended every year since and credits the encouragement of the friends and authors he’s met at the festival with the reason he finished the book, signed with an agent and secured a three-book deal.

Martin Stewart with Double Proof (Polygon). A former English teacher and middle grade author, Martin supported the festival in 2017 by delivering schools events in Balfron and Stirling. He also made his debut in goals for the Scotland v England football match. He has represented Scotland twice since and is proud that all were Scottish victories. He lives in South Ayrshire.

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Join us for this special standalone event with the brilliant Val McDermid, who’ll be helping us to launch the 2024 Bloody Scotland programme. Val will be in conversation with Craig Robertson about her dark and bloody latest novel, Queen MacBeth.

Shakespeare fed us the myth of the Macbeths as murderous conspirators. But now Val McDermid drags the truth out of the shadows, exposing the patriarchal prejudices of history. Expect the unexpected. A thousand years ago in an ancient Scottish landscape, a woman is on the run with her three companions – a healer, a weaver and a seer. The men hunting her will kill her – because she is the only one who stands between them and their violent ambition. She is no lady: she is the first queen of Scotland, married to a king called Macbeth. Thursday 20th June at 1.30pm in The Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling. Tickets £6/£5

Thursday 20 June 2024, 13:30


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2024 applications will open soon.

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Bloody Scotland Newsletter - May 2024

Bloody Scotland Newsletter - May 2024

Bloody Scotland Newsletter - May 2024

Bloody Scotland Newsletter - April 2024


Hello, and welcome to our May issue. This latest edition is jam packed with news! We’re bringing you our programme launch date, information about our brand new website and an exclusive interview with our Festival Director Bob McDevitt, who’s giving us some fascinating insights into this year’s programme. So, without further ado, let’s crack on with this month’s issue.

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Join us for a special Launch Event...

Join us for this special standalone event with the brilliant Val McDermid, who’ll be helping us to launch the 2024 Bloody Scotland programme. Val will be in conversation with Craig Robertson about her dark and bloody latest novel, Queen MacBeth.

Shakespeare fed us the myth of the Macbeths as murderous conspirators. But now Val McDermid drags the truth out of the shadows, exposing the patriarchal prejudices of history. Expect the unexpected. A thousand years ago in an ancient Scottish landscape, a woman is on the run with her three companions – a healer, a weaver and a seer. The men hunting her will kill her – because she is the only one who stands between them and their violent ambition. She is no lady: she is the first queen of Scotland, married to a king called Macbeth. Thursday 20th June at 1.30pm in The Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling. Tickets £6/£5

Thursday 20 June 2024, 13:30


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Apply to Volunteer


Bloody Scotland wouldn’t run without the dedication of eager volunteers, keeping the crowds safe, the tech running and the authors guided. Every year we look for Front of House Assistants, Author Hospitality Assistants, Author Signing Assistants and Festival Marketing Assistants to help out our busy team.

2024 applications will open soon.

Support Us


Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s international crime writing festival is an independent, not for profit charity, established in 2011 to present the very best of Scottish and international crime writing. We rely on a combination of sponsorship, grants, box office and donations to support our activity.

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