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Gala Opening [SOLD OUT], McIlvanney Prize and Torchlight Procession

Friday 21st September from 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm BST

£8 – £15

Our gala opening event takes place in the stunning and historic surroundings of the Church of the Holy Rude where Mary Queen of Scots worshipped and John Knox preached. It was in the Holy Rude that James VI was crowned King of Scotland in 1567. This year, join us to see who will be crowned winner of the prestigious McIlvanney Prize for 2018.

Your admission ticket will also include glasses of our namesake Bloody Scotland cocktail, created by our sponsor Stirling Gin, as you mingle with some of the biggest names in crime fiction. Then take your flaming torch and join our authors as we wind our way through Stirling’s old town, from the Castle esplanade to the Albert Halls where Val McDermid and Denise Mina will entertain a packed audience. Just make sure you get yourself to the church on time! (Please note: Gala Opening ticket does not include entry to Val McDermid & Denise Mina event. If you would like to attend you must buy a separate ticket before the event.)

Paul Reich

You and your family can participate in the torchlight procession too! Tickets are £10 per adult (18 and over) or £8 for Stirling residents. One adult ticket allows three children to accompany the adult torchlight holder. Please arrive at the castle esplanade by 6.45pm for a safety briefing and to receive your torch. Procession departs Stirling Castle Esplanade at 7.15pm. Event ends at approximately 7.45pm in front of the gates at the Albert Halls, Corn Exchange Road.

Gala Opening, McIlvanney Prize and torchlight procession sponsored by the Faculty of Advocates.


Friday 21st September
6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
£8 – £15


Church of the Holy Rude
St John Sreet
Stirling, FK8 1ED United Kingdom
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