Digital Pass

Would you like to watch the festival in the comfort of your own home? Or perhaps you'd like to watch events in real life and then catch up on the selection you missed later? Bloody Scotland's Digital Pass gives you access to over 40 of our events - both live and on demand up to […]

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Alex Gray and Denzil Meyrick – Watch Online

We kick off in style with two of the most accomplished and popular police procedural writers in the business. It is 20 years since Alex Gray’s DSI William Lorimer made his debut and for two decades he has thrilled and charmed an army of fans. In his latest outing, Echoes of the Dead, Lorimer is […]

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Debut Prize Panel – Watch Online

The authors shortlisted for the coveted Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year award will discuss their novels and their route to publication, in conversation with Arusa Qureshi. They can be forgiven for being nervous as just three hours later, one of them will be crowned as debut novelist for 2022. The previous winners […]

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Scots Down Under: Val McDermid, CS Robertson, Liam McIlvanney – Watch Online

In a Bloody Scotland first, we bring you a pre-recorded event from New Zealand where three leading Scottish writers will be on stage in Dunedin, in front of a live audience. Val McDermid’s 1989 is the follow-up to the exceptional 1979. Journalist Allie Burns is back, stumbling over a story about HIV/AIDS against a backdrop of […]

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Sir Ian Rankin and Abir Mukherjee – Watch Online

For over three decades, Sir Ian Rankin’s John Rebus novels have set the standard for detective fiction. His iconic Edinburgh policeman has featured in 23 novels, sparking many imitators but few equals. Although there’s a new Rebus on the horizon, Ian’s latest work is The Dark Remains, the dazzling collaboration with the late William McIlvanney. […]

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Irvine Welsh – Video Link Up at Tolbooth

Tolbooth Jail Wynd, Stirling

An original. A reluctant national treasure. Irvine Welsh stamped his unique brand of storytelling across the consciousness of a nation and changed the face of British fiction with the iconic and ground-breaking Trainspotting. His 2008 book Crime, the first to feature troubled detective Ray Lennox, was recently adapted for television starring Dougray Scott. *Irvine joins […]

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Irvine Welsh – Watch Online

An original. A reluctant national treasure. Irvine Welsh stamped his unique brand of storytelling across the consciousness of a nation and changed the face of British fiction with the iconic and ground-breaking Trainspotting. His 2008 book Crime, the first to feature troubled detective Ray Lennox, was recently adapted for television starring Dougray Scott. *Irvine joins […]

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Ambrose Parry–Masterclass keynote -Online

Ambrose Parry, the dazzling husband and wife writing team of Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman, will deliver the Masterclass keynote address. As well as the three spellbinding books in the Ambrose Parry series – The Way of All Flesh, The Art of Dying and A Corruption of Blood – they also have the vast experience […]

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Death as the Day Job: Mary Paulson Ellis, AK Turner and Doug Johnstone – Watch Online

Three authors, three terrific books, centred on three jobs that few people are dying to do. The main character in Mary Paulson Ellis’s excellent Emily Noble’s Disgrace is a trauma cleaner called in after a body has lain undiscovered in an Edinburgh boarding house. Mortuary technician Cassie Raven is the lead in AK Turner’s engrossing […]

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Alex Gray’s New Crimes – Watch Online

This event, author Alex Gray’s choices as the best debuts of the year, is quickly becoming one of the most coveted spots in crime fiction festivals – for authors, readers and publishers Hayley’s Scrivenor’s atmospheric debut Dirt Town set in rural Australia is the riveting story of a missing schoolgirl. Trauma, grief and redemption are […]

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The Mind and Body of Murder: Dr Marie Cassidy and Dr Sohom Das – Watch Online

Beyond the Tape recounts the remarkable career of Dr Marie Cassidy, from working-class Glasgow to becoming Ireland’s head forensic pathologist. She takes us beyond the police line, explaining the intricacies of solving modern crimes, and tells extraordinary stories from a place so few are privileged and talented enough to go – beyond the tape. In […]

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Your Life in Their Hands: Simon Stephenson, Jack Jordan and Eve Smith – Watch Online

Meet three writers who are at the beating heart of the medical thriller renaissance and are guaranteed to make your pulse race. In Simon Stephenson’s harrowing Sometimes People Die, a young Scottish doctor becomes aware of a slew of deaths in an overworked and underfunded east London hospital. Do No Harm, the blockbuster from Jack […]

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Compulsive Page-turners: Elly Griffiths, Imran Mahmood and Denise Mina – Watch Online

There are now 14 books in Elly Griffiths’s hugely popular Norfolk-set series about forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. The latest, The Locked Room, cleverly utilises lockdown and makes it central to the enthralling plot. In Imran Mahmood’s All I Said Was True, Layla claims the mysterious Michael is key to finding who murdered her friend. The problem […]

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1950s, 60s and 70s: Vaseem Khan, Tim Glister and Alan Parks – Watch Online

Tolbooth Jail Wynd, Stirling

We hate to break it to you, but these are historical novels. Three terrific crime books, one each from the Fabulous Fifties, the Swinging Sixties, and the Seems-LikeYesterday Seventies. Vaseem Khan’s thrilling The Lost Man of Bombay is set in 1950, when three murders chill post-colonial India and point to the dark heart of a […]

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Filthy Rich: Jo Spain, Ellery Lloyd and Julie Mayhew – Watch Online

Money can’t buy you love but it can get you killed. This panel features three sparkling novels where wealth brings not happiness but secrets, suspicions and suspense. Jo Spain’s The Last to Disappear is set in a luxurious resort in Lapland where three young women have disappeared and a body has been pulled from the […]

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The Broad Church of Scottish Crime: Emma Christie, Andrew James Greig, Fiona Erskine and Tariq Ashkanani – Watch Online

Four very different Scottish crime writers and four very different novels. From suburban Edinburgh to remote mountain tops, from the beaches of Brazil to backwater Nebraska. Emma Christie’s twisty Find Her First is the compelling story of a frantic hunt for a missing wife. Andrew James Greig’s The Devil’s Cut treads the fragile line between […]

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Truth and Lies: Lisa Unger, Ruth Ware and Jane Casey – Watch Online

We live in a time where disinformation is everywhere and where trust is a precious commodity. Three leading authors have penned novels where knowing who is telling the truth and who isn’t becomes a matter of life and death. American international bestseller Lisa Unger’s pulsating Last Girl Ghosted centres on the often-murky world of online […]

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Far From the Madding Crowd: Claire Askew, Claire Douglas and Elle Connel – Watch Online

In the countryside no one can hear you scream – except perhaps the person making you do it. These authors have harnessed remote locations to full effect as they set bone-chilling thrillers in the middle of nowhere. Claire Askew’s A Matter of Time begins with a spree shooting and roars towards a nerve-shredding climax in […]

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David Baldacci* – Watch Online

It was in 2019 that David Baldacci led the torchlit procession from the esplanade of Stirling, resplendent in his kilt, before entertaining a packed crowd at the Albert Halls. We are delighted to welcome him back in 2022, albeit digitally this time as he joins us live from his home in Virginia. David is one […]

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The Party’s Over: Lin Anderson, Chris Brookmyre and Clare Mackintosh – Watch Online

If there’s one thing guaranteed to bring even the most fun-filled party to a sobering halt it’s surely the discovery of a dead body or two. We have three wonderful authors, three cracking books and three parties to die for. In Lin Anderson’s tension-packed The Party House, post-pandemic festivities in the highlands lead to a […]

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John Connolly and Alex North – Watch Online

No one does it quite like John Connolly. He weaves together crime fiction, the gothic and the supernatural to create a genre all his own. He has produced over 30 beautifully written yet terrifying novels, including 22 in the iconic Charlie Parker series. His latest, The Furies, sees Parker fight chaos and murder. Alex North’s […]

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Donna Leon – Watch Online

On the occasion of her 80th birthday, iconic international bestseller *Donna Leon joins us live from her home in Switzerland to chat with Bloody Scotland founder, Alex Gray. It was thirty years ago, in July 1992, that detective Guidi Brunetti made his first appearance in Leon’s debut novel Death at La Fenice. Since then, there […]

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Vaseem and Abir’s Red Hot Night of a Million Games – Watch Online

Come with Vas and Abir on a trip down memory lane as they steal the best bits from the game shows of yesteryear and mash them up into something truly remarkable. Watch six of the smartest, most photogenic celebrity authors compete for the prized trophy in rounds including The Wheel of Misfortune and Universally Challenged. […]

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Lessons From the Past: SJ Parris and Laura Shepherd-Robinson – Watch Online

Enjoy a fascinating hour in the company of two bestselling historical novelists who write social commentaries set ablaze with fast-paced, pulsating plots. Execution is the latest in SJ Parris’ hugely popular series featuring Giordano Bruno, heretic turned spy at the Tudor court of Queen Elizabeth. Rich in atmosphere and research, this new blockbuster sees a […]

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Pitch Perfect – Watch Online

Are you ready? Are you sure? This could be the most important two minutes of your writing career. Get your elevator pitch sorted in your head, take a deep breath,and sell the heck out of that fantastic book idea. A panel of leading industry experts are waiting to deliver their judgement and it could be […]

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Aye Spies: Charles Cumming, Ben Creed and Kim Sherwood – Watch Online

The clandestine world of the spy novel is rarely more relevant than in a time of international crisis and we’ve recruited three masters of the dark arts to discuss their work. Charles Cumming’s Judas 62, the second in his thrilling series about covert intelligence organisation BOX88, sees Lachlan Kite placed on a hit list as […]

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What’s Life Like Inside?: Andy West and Angela Kirwin – Watch Online

Andy West’s father, uncle and brother all spent time behind bars. Andy has chosen a different path – he teaches philosophy in prisons – but still fears their fate will also be his. In The Life Inside he offers an insight into our fractured justice system and the truth about the complex lives being lived […]

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Ann Cleeves – Watch Online

One of crime fiction’s best-loved writers joins us to look back on 30 hugely successful years with her publisher Pan Macmillan. From Vera to Shetland to the newer Two Rivers series, Ann Cleeves has delighted legions of readers across three decades with a succession of thrilling and bestselling novels. Her latest, The Rising Tide, is […]

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Dangerous Times: Anna Mazzola, DV Bishop and Douglas Skelton – Watch Online

Meet the devilish minds behind three unmissable historical thrillers, each rich in detail, racing with intrigue and guaranteed to entertain. Anna Mazzola’s bewitchingly gothic novel The Clockwork Girl takes place amidst an icy winter in 1750’s Paris and unravels the conspiracy behind the clockmaker’s intricate mechanical creations. Sixteenth century Florence is the setting for DV […]

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Jeffrey Archer: Over My Dead Body – Watch Online

It began with a book driven by a need for money and has led to a phenomenal career. From Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less to his latest blockbuster Over My Dead Body, Jeffrey Archer’s books have sold more then 320 million copies worldwide, been translated into 33 languages and several of them […]

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To Hell and Back– Historical True Crime: Thomas Morris, Susan Jonusas and David Bushman – Watch Online

Truth, ‘tis said, is stranger than fiction. In three remarkable books of historical true crime, it’s not only stranger but every bit as shocking as its fictional counterparts. The Dublin Railway Murder by Thomas Morris has it all. A locked room; the victim in a pool of blood; an untouched safe; and celebrated sleuths from […]

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The Forensic Legacy of Agatha Christie: Lucy Foley, Tom Hindle and Carla Valentine – Watch Online

Lucy Foley’s stylish The Paris Apartment is in classic Christie territory. When there’s a murder at No. 12 rue des Amants, the list of potential suspects is precisely equal to the number of neighbours. Tom Hindle’s elegant debut A Fatal Crossing sees a mysterious death on a week-long passenger sailing from Southampton to New York. […]

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Family Business: Brian McGilloway, CL Taylor and Stephanie Merritt – Watch Online

Brian McGilloway’s classy thriller The Empty Room preys on every parent’s worst nightmare. When Dora’s daughter disappears, she spirals into despair and, disillusioned with the police investigation, she decides to take justice into her own hands. CL Taylor is a master of suspense, and she displays all her talents in The Guilty Couple as a […]

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Anthony Horowitz – Watch Online

Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific – and talented – writers working in the UK today. Both as an author and as a writer for television, he has created and reimagined some of the nation’s favourite characters and programmes. His crime writing credits speak for themselves. The Alex Ryder series; Sherlock Holmes; James […]

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Sara Paretsky – Watch Online

Crime fiction was turned on its head in 1982 when Sara Paretsky introduced V.I. Warshawski to the world in the ground-breaking Indemnity Only. Suddenly, there was a kick-ass female private investigator with the grit, guts and gumption to tackle crime on the mean streets of Chicago. Those that came later walked in Warshawski’s footsteps. There […]

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Mark Billingham and Mick Herron – Watch Online

Grab a ticket for an unmissable hour in the company of two of the best in the business. Both are known for long-running series laced with humour and for the sheer quality of their work. Mark Billingham is the supremely talented creator of iconic detective Tom Thorne. Mark has been an actor, a stand-up comic […]

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Writing in the US of A: Mark Edwards, Lisa Gray and Tony Kent – Watch Online

Meet three British authors whose thrillers are as American as apple pie, hotdogs and donuts – and just as bad for your heart. Multi-million-seller Mark Edwards’ new thriller No Place to Run is set in northern California as a brother desperately searches for his missing sister. Lisa Gray’s Californian set thrillers have topped the charts […]

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Dean Koontz – Watch Online

The legendary king of the suspense thriller joins us live from his home in California to talk about his phenomenal career. One of the world’s most prolific writers, Koontz has written an incredible 111 novels as well as several novellas and screenplays, and many short stories. His books have sold over five million copies and […]

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Joanne Harris and Janice Hallett – Watch Online

Joanne Harris is the author of 22 novels, including Chocolat which was made into an Oscar-nominated movie. Her books have been published in over 50 countries and won a succession of British and international awards. Her latest novel is the compulsive A Narrow Door, the remains of a body unleash buried secrets in St Oswald’s […]

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Locked Island Crime: Simon McCleave, Kate Rhodes and Helen Fields – Watch Online

Island-set mysteries offer spectacular and atmospheric setting where there is nowhere no run, nowhere to hide. Simon McCleave’s The Dark Tide is a twisty page turner set on the Isle of Anglesey as a hostage negotiator faces a nightmare scenario that is all too personal. Devil’s Table, the gripping new novel from Kate Rhodes, is […]

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The Body Politic: Alan Johnson and Sarah Vaughan – Watch Online

Former MP Alan Johnson carved out the beginnings of a new career with his lauded debut, The Late Train to Gypsy Hill. Now the one-time Labour Home Secretary has returned to the scene of the crime for his second novel, One of Our Ministers is Missing as a government minister in the Foreign Office disappears […]

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The Scot Squad: Stuart Johnstone, Lynne McEwan, Neil Broadfoot and CF Peterson – Watch Online

Meet four Scottish crime writers who are earning their stripes by producing terrific home-grown crime novels. In Stuart Johnstone’s Into the Dark, the main lead into a boy’s murder is a 999 call made three weeks before the killing took place. Dead Man Deep by Lynne McEwan sees a badly burned body and an injured […]

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Peter May – Watch Online

Enjoy an hour in the company of one of Scotland’s most talented and best-loved crime writers as Peter May joins us live from his home in France. The multi-award-winning author of the Lewis Trilogy, the Enzo Macleod series, the China Thrillers, and a host of superb standalones, has sold over six million books in a […]

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Louise Welsh, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and David Fennell – Watch Online

Albert Halls Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,, Stirling, Scotland

Louise Welsh’s The Second Cut is the long-awaited sequel to her astonishing debut The Cutting Room. Auctioneer Rilke again walks a moral tightrope as he seeks the killer of a murdered friend. In Lilja Sigurðardóttir’s chilling Red as Blood, the follow-up to the brilliant Cold as Blood, investigator Áróra tries to trace a victim without […]

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Janet Evanovich – Watch Online

The creator of the much-loved and extraordinarily successful Stephanie Plum series joins us live from the US to talk about her life and work. In all, Janet has written 69 novels and is a global phenomenon. Incredibly, the last 22 novels in the Plum series all debuted at number one on the New York Times […]

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