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.