Bloody Scotland 2022: dates announced
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.
Roll on 2022!
First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who organised, volunteered and attended Bloody Scotland 2021. You made the festival an incredible experience, and we are so thankful.
One of the joys of a hybrid festival is that it continues well after the weekend! All of our events will be available to view (or re-watch!) until the 30th Sept, and you can still get your tickets here.
We’ve put together a list of all the books that were discussed or read from over the weekend. Consider this your ultimate to-read list!
Bloody Scotland 2021 Authors
Liam McIlvanney The Quaker
ES Thomson Nightshade
Steve Cavanagh The Devil’s Advocate
Jo Nesbo The Jealousy Man
Crimes of Many Colours
Ewan Morrison How to Survive Everything
Alan Parks The April Dead
William McIntyre Bad Debt
Sharon Bairden Sins of the Father
Bloody Scotland Prizes
Robbie Morrison Edge of the Grave
Alan Parks The April Dead
Emma Christie The Silent Daughter
Craig Russell Hyde
Stuart MacBride The Coffinmaker’s Garden
Mark Wightman Waking the Tiger
AJ Liddle No Harm Done
Ian Rankin – The Dark Remains
Ian Rankin & William McIlvanney The Dark Remains
Shocking Twists and Big Reveals
Kia Abdullah Next of Kin
Louise Candlish The Heights
Alex Knight Darkness Falls
Stuart Neville The House of Ashes
Kathy Reichs The Bone Code
Marion Todd What They Knew
Neil Lancaster Dead Man’s Grave
Margaret Kirk In the Blood
James Oswald What Will Burn
Douglas Skelton A Rattle of Bones
Lin Anderson The Killing Tide
Elly Griffiths The Midnight Hour
Chris Merritt The New Home
The Alanna Knight Historical Panel
S.G. MacLean The House of Lamentations
ES Thomson Nightshade
Douglas Watt A Killing in Van Diemen’s Land
The Body Politic
Alan Johnson The Late Train to Gipsy Hill
Robert Peston The Whistleblower
Searching for a Home
Sarah Hilary Fragile
Imran Mahmood I Know What I Saw
Tim Sullivan The Dentist
Secrets and Spies
Mick Herron Slough House
Charlotte Philby The Second Woman
Simon Conway The Saboteur
Alex Gray’s New Crimes
Alex Gray Before the Storm
Bernard O’Keefe The Final Round
Lara Thompson One Night, New York
Rahul Raina How To Kidnap The Rich
Inga Vesper The Long, Long Afternoon
Around the World in 80 Deaths
Claudia Piñeiro Elena Knows
David Heska Wanbli Weiden Winter Counts
Sergei Lebedev Untraceable
Femi Kayode The Light Seekers
And Then There Were Three
Elle Connel Down by the Water
Susi Holliday The Last Resort
CL Taylor Sleep
Mark Billingham Rabbit Hole
Christopher Brookmyre The Cut
The Science of Murder
Jim Fraser Murder Under the Microscope
Richard Taylor The Mind of a Murderer
Val McDermid 1979
Pitch Black Humour
Doug Johnstone The Big Chill
JD Kirk Ahead of the Game
Antti Tuomainen The Rabbit Factor
Stephen King and Linwood Barclay
Linwood Barclay Find You First
Stephen King Later (Hard Case Crime) / Billy Summers
Heidi Amsinck My Name is Jensen
Eva Bjorg Aegisdottir Girls Who Lie
Lilja Sigurdardóttir Cold as Hell
Red Hot Chilli Writers and Guests
Abir Mukherjee Death in the East
Vaseem Khan The Dying Day
Stuart Turton The Devil and Dark Water
Anna Mazzola The Story Keeper
From the Cradle to the Grave
Liz Nugent Our Little Cruelties
Stuart MacBride The Coffinmaker’s Garden
Craig Sisterson Southern Cross Crime
Bloody Scottish History
Denise Mina Rizzio
Ambrose Parry A Corruption of Blood
Craig Russell Hyde
Slow Burning Secrets
Paula Hawkins A Slow Fire Burning
Lisa Jewell Invisible Girl
SJ Watson Final Cut
Jonathan Whitelaw Hellcorp
A Mexican Stand Off
Jeanine Cummins American Dirt
Guillermo Arriaga The Untameable
Oscar De Muriel The Dance of the Serpents
A Brother and Child Reunion
Lee Child with Andrew Child Better Off Dead
Morgan Cry Thirty One Bones
Karin Slaughter False Witness
Louise Welsh No Dominion
Patricia Marques The Colours of Death (opened for Jo Nesbo)
Tariq Ashkanani Welcome to Cooper (opened for Ian Rankin)
Stuart Johnstone Out in the Cold (opened for Kathy Reichs)
Ann Bloxwich What Goes Around (opened for Lin Anderson and Elly Griffiths)
Sarah Sultoon The Source (opened for Alan Johnstone and Robert Peston)
Anna Bailey Tall Bones (opened for Secrets and Spies)
Abigail Dean Girl A (opened for Around the World in 80 Deaths)
Tina Baker Call Me Mummy (opened for Killer Bs)
Emma Haughton The Dark (opened for Val McDermid)
Danny Leigh Marshall Anthrax Island (opened for Stephen King and Linwood Barclay)
James Cairns McMahon Parallax (opened for The Red Hot Chilli Writers)
Ewan Gault The Most Distant Way (opened for Liz Nugent and Stuart MacBride)
Lynne McEwan In Dark Water (opened for Bloody Scottish History)
Alan Gillespie The Mash House (opened for Slow Burning Secrets)
George Colkitto A Dish Served Cold (opened for A Mexican Stand Off)
Mark Findlay Smith What He Never Said (opened for Lee and Andrew Child)
Sarah Goodwin Stranded (opened for Karin Slaughter)
A-Z of Crime Guests
Megan Abbott The Turnout
DV Bishop City of Vengeance
Ajay Chowdhury The Waiter
Sharon Dempsey Who Took Eden Mulligan?
Fiona Erskine Phosphate Rocks
Mick Finlay Arrowood and the Meeting House Murders
Ryan Gattis The System
Mari Hannah Without a Trace
Matthew Iden Chasing the Pain
Ed James Before She Wakes
Erin Kelly Watch Her Fall
Gytha Lodge Lie Beside Me
Saima Mir The Khan
Charlotte Northedge The House Guest
Stephen O’Rourke The Crown Agent
Christoffer Petersen The Ice Whisper
Matthew Quirke Hour of the Assasin
Rod Reynolds Black Reed Bay
Trisha Sakhlecha Can You See Me Now?
Russ Thomas Nighthawking
Lisa Unger Last Girl Ghosted
Sarah Vaughan Reputation
Chris Whitaker The Forevers
Richard Osman The Thursday Murder Club
Susie Yang White Ivy
Anne Zouroudi (Erin Kinsley) Missing
Congratulations to Robbie Morrison who won the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize for Crime Novel of the Year 2021 with Edge of the Grave!
|The judges said:|
‘A terrific debut novel, with a memorable cast of characters, which impressed the judges with its ambitious, authentic, deep dive into the Glasgow gangland and class divides of the 1930s.’
Congratulations to Craig Russell who won the McIlvanney Prize for Best Crime Novel of the Year 2021!
|The judges said:|
‘a fantastic book with a gothic background that draws you in and brings the reader back to the Scottish origins of Jekyll and Hyde’s creator, Robert Louis Stevenson. A dark tale that was a delight and a thoroughly entertaining read. It shows that Scottish crime writing is amongst the best in the world.’
It’s not Bloody Scotland without showcasing new crime writing talent in the Crime in the Spotlight slots.
Before many of our events, emerging writers will have the chance to read from their work. Spotlight authors have gone on to great things, not least Graeme Macrae Burnet who ‘opened’ for Ian Rankin before being shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.
We welcome this year’s spotlighters, who will be reading a little from their latest books ahead of some of our events this year.
With thanks to the Open University Scotland for sponsoring Crime in the Spotlight.
Patricia Marques will read from
The Colours of Death
FRI 17 SEPTEMBER 4PM before
JO NESBO – THE JEALOUSY MAN
Tariq Ashkanani will read from
Welcome to Cooper
FRI 17 SEPTEMBER 7.15PM before
IAN RANKIN – THE DARK REMAINS
Stuart Johnstone will read from
Out in the Cold
FRI 17 SEPTEMBER 9PM before
KATHY REICHS – THE BONE CODE
Ann Bloxwich will read from
What Goes Around
SAT 18 SEPTEMBER 10AM
LIN ANDERSON & ELLY GRIFFITHS
Sarah Sultoon will read from
SAT 18 SEPTEMBER 11.45AM
THE BODY POLITIC
Anna Bailey will read from
SAT 18 SEPTEMBER 1.30PM
SECRETS AND SPIES
Abigail Dean will read from
SAT 18 SEPTEMBER 3.15PM
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DEATHS
Tina Baker will read from
Call Me Mummy
SAT 18 SEPTEMBER 5PM
Emma Haughton will read from
SAT 18 SEPTEMBER 6.45PM
VAL MCDERMID – 1979
Danny Leigh Marshall will read from
SAT 18 SEPTEMBER 8.30PM
STEPHEN KING & LINWOOD BARCLAY
James Cairns McMahon will read from
SAT 18 SEPTEMBER 10.15PM
THE RED HOT CHILLI WRITERS
Ewan Gault will read from
The Most Distant Way
SUN 19 SEPTEMBER 11AM
FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAV
Lynne McEwan will read from
In Dark Water
SUN 19 SEPTEMBER 12.45PM
BLOODY SCOTTISH HISTORY
Alan Gillespie will read from
The Mash House
SUN 19 SEPTEMBER 2.30PM
SLOW BURNING SECRETS
George Colkitto will read from
A Dish Served Cold
SUN 19 SEPTEMBER 4PM
A MEXICAN STAND OFF
Mark Findlay Smith will read from
What He Never Said
SUN 19 SEPTEMBER 5.30PM
A BROTHER AND CHILD REUNION
Sarah Goodwin will read from
SUN 19 SEPTEMBER 7PM
We are so excited to announce the five finalists from our longlist of thirteen for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2021. The shortlisted five are:
The Silent Daughter by Emma Christie
The Coffin Maker’s Garden by Stuart MacBride
Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison
The April Dead by Alan Parks
Hyde by Craig Russell
Congratulations to all!
The winners of both the McIlvanney Prize and the Scottish Crime Debut of the Year will be revealed at the Albert Halls in Stirling at 5.15pm on Friday 17 September and broadcast live on-line. This year, the prize ceremony will be free but ticketed to watch or attend! Get your free ticket for in-person attendance or online viewing.
We’ll see you there!
The McIlvanney Prize judges this year include Karen Robinson, formerly of The Times Crime Club and a CWA judge; Ayo Onatade, winner of the CWA Red Herring Award and freelance crime fiction critic and Ewan Wilson, crime fiction buyer from Waterstones Glasgow.
The Glencairn Glass, the World’s Favourite Whisky Glass and the Official Glass for Whisky is again sponsoring both The McIlvanney Prize and The Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year. Culture & Business Fund Scotland have generously given matched funding.
About the Books
Our judges said…
“taking the domestic noir genre and offering something fresh and different with well controlled characters.”
Our judges said…
“dark, edgy and original novel, full of action and a great sense of place with just the right kind of humour.”
Our judges said…
“a compelling exploration of gangland Glasgow, with a brilliant sense of period. They enjoyed the pace of the novel and the unforeseen twist at the end.”
Our judges said…
“continues to innovate” and that said they “enjoyed the well-drawn characters and cliffhanger ending.”
Our judges said…
“[Russel is] an author who never disappoints and always gets to the heart of a story” and they “loved the presentation of Victorian Edinburgh and Celtic myths.”
Bloody Scotland 2021 is almost here…
Can’t make it to Stirling? As part of our hybrid nature, we’re offering a digital pass – which will give you access to all events (excl. Masterclass) live across the weekend and on-demand until the 30th September.
Get in quick! The pass is currently at the early bird price of £35 until the 16 Sept. You can grab your digital pass here.
We have an absolutely stacked programme, that includes names such as Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, Linwood Barclay and Stephen King who will be beamed into the Albert Halls via live video link up where live interviewers will question them in front of a live and digital audience. And in Stirling itself, we’ll see the likes of Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Chris Brookmyre, Alan Parks, Mark Billingham, Kia Abdullah and Louise Candlish.
We are so excited to reveal Bloody Scotland’s most ambitious programme yet!
This year, our hybrid festival will give festival goers in Stirling the full-on festival experience while allowing authors and readers who can’t be there in person the opportunity to join in the fun.
Running from the 17-19th September, our 2021 festival will include the likes of Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, Linwood Barclay and Stephen King who will be beamed into the Albert Halls via live video link up where live interviewers will question them in front of a live and digital audience.
Meanwhile pacing the boards in Stirling itself will be the great and the good of the Scottish crime scene and beyond: including Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Chris Brookmyre, Alan Parks, Mark Billingham, Kia Abdullah and Louise Candlish.
We’ll be bringing back old favourites like Pitch Perfect and Crime in the Spotlight, a performance by the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers and a cabaret twist on the normal Quiz which will see each quizzer (Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Doug Johnston, Mark Billingham, Luca Veste and Stuart Neville) performing a musical number.
Up the road at The Golden Lion, panels will be recorded in front of a live audience and broadcast 24 hours later. Hosts of The Red Hot Chilli Writers, Vaseem Khan and Abir Mukherjee will be on stage with a live version of their popular crime podcast. There is a discount for local residents and we continue to improve disabled access with a mini bus between venues for those that need it.
Following last year’s digital first with The Never-Ending panel featuring 27 Scottish writers from home and abroad, this year’s marathon digital only event will be an A-Z of Crime starting with Megan Abbott and concluding with Anne Zouroudi. The global element continues with Around the World in 80 Deaths featuring authors from Argentina, the Sicangu Lakota Nation, Russia and Nigeria chaired by Craig Sisterson.
‘It’s going to be a Bloody Scotland like no other but we do love a challenge and I can’t wait to see all of our authors, and crime fans back together in real life while extending our global reach as we beam the festival all over the world.’
Festival Director, Bob McDevitt
This year, there are many ways to participate in Bloody Scotland Festival. You can choose to watch events live in Stirling or online, or a combination of both. If you’re watching online, you can purchase tickets for individual events or a digital pass. There are ticket options to suit all.
In-person events for those in Stirling:
Albert Halls £10 per ticket
Live video link events at Albert Halls £8 per ticket
Golden Lion £8 per ticket
Single event £5
Digital Pass bought before midnight on 16 September £35
Digital Pass bought from 17 – 30 September £45
Best of Both Worlds package
Buy 5 tickets to live events in Stirling and buy your digital pass half price:
Bought before midnight on 16 September £67.50
Bought from 17 to 29 September £77.50
Most events will be available to watch on catch up until 30 September 2021.
You will be emailed instructions on how to access the online events before the event itself.
If you have any questions or concerns about the booking process, please email email@example.com
COVID Information: All events at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival remain subject to the social distancing guidelines set in place by the Scottish Government and may be subject to last-minute change or cancellation. Bloody Scotland is committed to safeguarding its staff, authors and audiences from Covid-19 and is acting under continual advice and supervision from local authorities. Anyone intending to visit the Festival from 17-19 September 2021, whether or not they hold an event ticket, is advised to check the festival’s website www.bloodyscotland.com for the most up to date information.
We are delighted to confirm that thanks to generous funding from Creative Scotland the 2021 Festival will be going ahead in hybrid form with huge names beamed on to large screens in Stirling and equally huge names from closer to home appearing on stage alongside exciting new names in crime fiction.
The Festival will run from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th September and as usual the opening night will be marked with the presentation of the McIlvanney Prize and the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize. Bloody Scotland is delighted to welcome back a live audience and all events will take place with the safety of authors and readers in mind. For those who don’t feel ready to venture out or can’t get to Stirling, all events will be available on-line.
The full programme will be revealed on Wednesday 18th August and tickets will go on sale at 12 noon that day. Full details of all events, and how to book tickets for both watching on-line and in-person will be available on our website.
Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival receives funding from Creative Scotland, Stirling Council, Visit Scotland and the Culture & Business Fund Scotland and is extremely grateful to them and their other sponsors The Glencairn Glass, H W Fisher, Open University Scotland, Go Forth Stirling and individual publishers for their ongoing support during these challenging times.
We hope to see you in Stirling (or online!)
All events at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival remain subject to the social distancing guidelines set in place by the Scottish Government and may be subject to last-minute change or cancellation. Bloody Scotland is committed to safeguarding its staff, authors and audiences from Covid-19 and is acting under continual advice and supervision from local authorities. The Festival is currently working to a 1m social distance for audiences at all events. Anyone intending to visit the Festival from 17-19 September 2021, whether or not they hold an event ticket, is advised to check the festival’s website www.bloodyscotland.com for the most up to date information.
Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival are delighted to reveal that three of the books on this year’s McIlvanney Prize longlist have made the shortlist for this year’s Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year.
The Silent Daughter by Emma Christie (Wellbeck)
No Harm Done by Alistair Liddle (Self Published)
Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
Waking the Tiger by Mark Wightman (Hobeck Books)
The winner will be judged by Janice Forysth from BBC Radio Scotland, Simon Lloyd from Waterstones and Kenny Tweeddale from sponsors, the Glencairn Glass. It is the second year that both awards have been sponsored by the Glencairn Glass – the world’s favourite whisky glass.
After a year in which all authors, but particularly debut authors, suffered from bookshops being closed and festivals being cancelled, Bloody Scotland are delighted to continue to celebrate the very best in debut crime fiction. Congratulations to all!
Five years ago the Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award was renamed the McIlvanney Prize in memory of William McIlvanney. This year sees the publication of his final book, The Dark Remains which was completed with the help of Ian Rankin. In this special year, we’re delighted to announce the longlist for the McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year. The McIlvanney Prize recognises excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.
With thanks to The Glencairn Glass, the World’s Favourite Whisky Glass and the Official Glass for Whisky for sponsoring the prize this year.
Watch as the Bloody Scotland team and board announce the longlist:
The Cut, Chris Brookmyre (Little,Brown)
The Silent Daughter, Emma Christie (Wellbeck)
Before the Storm, Alex Gray (Little, Brown)
Dead Man’s Grave, Neil Lancaster (HarperCollins, HQ)
The Coffinmaker’s Garden, Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
Still Life, Val McDermid (Little,Brown)
Bad Debt, William McIntyre (Sandstone)
The Less Dead, Denise Mina (Vintage)
How To Survive Everything, Ewan Morrison (Saraband)
Edge of the Grave, Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
The April Dead, Alan Parks (Canongate)
Hyde, Craig Russell (Constable)
Waking the Tiger, Mark Wightman (Hobeck Books)
Congratulations to all!
The McIlvanney Prize will be judged by Karen Robinson, formerly of The Times Crime Club
and a CWA judge; Ayo Onatade, winner of the CWA Red Herring Award and freelance crime
fiction critic and Ewan Wilson, crime fiction buyer from Waterstones Glasgow.
We have also revealed our Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2021.
In March, we launched our Bloody Scotland Book Club and we’ve been delighted with the response!
Our virtual book club hosts an exclusive discussion with a variety of journalists, bloggers, podcasters and booksellers each month. Our guests hand-pick a selection of crime novels, from exciting new works to old favourites, and invite you to tune in live. Our Facebook group also encourages all crime literature chat throughout the month.
Not on Facebook or can’t tune in live? We’ve made a Youtube playlist where we’ll be posting all the recordings from our live events. These events are virtual roundtables, and include exclusive readings from the authors to accompany our discussion.