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September 2019

Bloody Scotland: Classic Crime Films at the Tolbooth

Friday 20th September - Sunday 22nd September
Tolbooth, Jail Wynd
Stirling, FK8 1DE United Kingdom
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£5 – £6

Bloody Scotland is delighted to announce a series of classic crime films to be screened at the Tolbooth over the festival weekend including an introduction to Reichenbach Falls by Ian Rankin. FRIDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER The Trial - 8PM - £6 / £5 A dream-logic black comedy drama directed by Orson Welles, who also wrote the screenplay based on the novel of the same name by Franz Kafka. (1962, approx 114 min, PG) >>> Get your tickets here. <<<   SATURDAY…

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Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Masterclass

Friday 20th September from 9:00 am - 4:45 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£80 – £90

Sharpen your pen, hone your writing skills and be inspired by a full day of crime-writing advice and tips with our Crime Writing Masterclass which includes…     ABIR MUKHERJEE: RESEARCHING AND WRITING HISTORICAL CRIME FICTION The 2019 keynote will be delivered by bestselling author Abir Mukherjee, who will talk about the process of researching and writing his Wyndham & Banerjee series, set in Raj era India. He’ll also talk about his journey to publication through the Telegraph Harvill Secker…

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Women on Both Sides of the Law: Alice Vinten and Mim Skinner

Friday 20th September from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

Alice Vinten was a cop on the streets of London for ten years. As a police constable in the Met, she witnessed at first hand the melting pot that is the UK’s largest city, complete with its inequalities, dangers and struggles. Her memoir of her time on the job, On The Line, is a gritty and gripping portrayal of contemporary policing. Mim Skinner has seen the other side of the fence. As a former prison art teacher, she spent long…

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Unspeakable Podcast: Janice Forsyth and Robert Florence

Friday 20th September from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8
Photo of Janice Forsyth and Robert Florence.

The Big Light presents Unspeakable Scotland. Join TV comedy star Robert Florence and broadcaster Janice Forsyth, for an exclusive live preview of this Historic True Crime podcast series. Just like the audience, Janice has no prior knowledge of Rab’s grizzly tale, as he dissects one of his favourite crimes from Scottish history. Expect “Shock and Aw, Naw!” as master storyteller, Rab, reveals the gory details of an Unspeakable True Crime.

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Gala Opening, McIlvanney Prize and Torchlight Procession

Friday 20th September from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm BST
Church of the Holy Rude, St John Sreet
Stirling, FK8 1ED United Kingdom
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£15

Who will be crowned winner of the McIlvanney Prize for 2019 as author of the best Scottish crime novel of the year? Join us for a gala occasion in the historic church where James VI was crowned king of Scotland in 1567 to find out. It was here that Mary Queen of Scots worshipped, and John Knox preached. And here that you can mingle with authors and fellow readers and toast our winner with Bloody Scotland cocktails as created by…

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David Baldacci

Friday 20th September from 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

We kick off Bloody Scotland 2019 in blockbuster style with one of the world’s favourite thriller writers, an author whose novels have dominated bestseller charts, airport book shelves, and cinema listings. David Baldacci’s incredible career can perhaps best be told in numbers. Lots of numbers. He has written 37 novels. All 37 have been national and international bestsellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries. He has sold over 130 million books worldwide.…

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Two Crime Writers and a Microphone

Friday 20th September from 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

The bad boys of the podcast world return. Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste take centre stage with a live version of their hilarious audio show. The two crime writers will discuss the world of crime fiction – and the world at large – with a panel of star guests featuring some of THE biggest names in the genre. This time there will be no games, no prisoners, no holding back. However, there will be giggling. Probably a lot of it.…

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You The Jury – A play by Douglas Skelton

Saturday 21st September
Stirling Sheriff Court, Sheriff Court House, Viewfield Place
Stirling, FK8 1NH United Kingdom
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£7 – £8

A woman is found dead in her flat, a rope around her neck. Was it suicide – as her husband suggests – or murder? What’s it really like in a Scottish murder trial? Do lawyers cry out “Objection”? Does the judge strike a gavel to maintain order? Are there dramatic witness box confessions? Find out in this reconstruction in a real court room, based on an actual case, with real-life lawyers, court staff and scientists playing their own parts. And…

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Lisa Jewell and Ruth Ware

Saturday 21st September from 10:00 am - 11:00 am BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

Meet two crime writers at the very top of their game who are both redefining the crime novel and returning it to a golden age. Lisa Jewell had a glittering career in popular fiction before ‘turning to crime’. She earned her sergeant stripes with three chilling psychological thrillers – I Found You, Then She Was Gone and Watching You. Her latest, The Family Upstairs, establishes her as a true crime fiction star. Ruth Ware has rocketed to international stardom in…

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My Life With Murderers: Dr David Wilson with Lin Anderson

Saturday 21st September from 10:00 am - 11:00 am BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

At the age of twenty-nine, Dr David Wilson became the UK’s youngest prison governor. It was the start of a long and distinguished career in which he spent his working life behind bars with some of the world’s most violent men. He shared long hours with a variety of killers; sometimes over a tense interview, sometimes over a cup of tea, sometimes something a little stronger. He says that some of those men have become his friends. Others would like…

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McIlvanney Debut Prize

Saturday 21st September from 10:00 am - 11:00 am BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8

Meet the class of 2019, Scotland’s brightest and shiniest new crime writing talent. The panel will be formed by the shortlist for the inaugural McIlvanney Debut Prize as voted for by our readers. Scottish crime writing has never been in finer fettle than it is right now, and this event will be a wonderful chance to meet four authors whose first book has marked them out for great things. Is the next Rankin, McDermid or McIlvanney among them? This is…

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Alex Gray’s New Crimes: Jessica Barry, Toby Faber, Lesley Kara, Dominic Nolan

Saturday 21st September from 11:45 am - 12:45 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8

Meet the cream of the crop of 2019’s crime debuts. Bestselling author Alex Gray has carefully selected four writers who she’s sure are headed for the top. Jessica Barry has received widespread acclaim for her heart stopping tale of a plane crash survivor’s life in Freefall. In Toby Faber’s exhilarating Close to the Edge a rush hour accident becomes something much more sinister. Lesley Kara’s chilling debut The Rumour became a Sunday Times bestseller for its clever premise and twisty…

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Murder in Wild Places: Lucy Foley, Douglas Skelton, CL Taylor

Saturday 21st September from 11:45 am - 12:45 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

When you’re in the open spaces of the Scottish wilderness, no one can hear you scream. And when you’re marooned on a small Scottish island there’s nowhere to run. Remote highland settings are the killing fields for three superb novels out in 2019. In Lucy Foley’s acclaimed The Hunting Party, old friends gather but murder also pays a visit. Secrets, lies, past sins and new deaths are at the heart of two gripping island-set mysteries – Douglas Skelton’s Thunder Bay…

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Chris Brookmyre and Michael Robotham

Saturday 21st September from 11:45 am - 12:45 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

Meet two of the finest writers and most brilliant raconteurs in the crime fiction canon. No pressure then on Chris Brookmyre and Michael Robotham to entertain us! A firm favourite with Bloody Scotland audiences, Chris needs no introduction. The winner of the McIlvanney Prize and the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, his latest book Fallen Angel tells of a nanny placed with the perfect family who have the darkest secret. Michael left his native Australia to become a senior…

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Women in Gangland: Mandasue Heller, Marnie Riches, Anna Smith

Saturday 21st September from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8

You want tough, hard as nails heroines who do whatever it takes to survive the mean streets? Then you better ask nicer than that or you’re likely to get a slap. These are characters who know how to look after themselves. In Mandasue Heller’s Brutal, a young woman turns up in a remote farmhouse, with trouble in her wake. Marnie Riches’ latest is Tightrope, in which a female private investigator ends up being the one uncovered. In Anna Smith’s new…

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Alexander McCall Smith interviewed by Alex Gray

Saturday 21st September from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

It’s an open secret that we’ve been trying to lure Alexander McCall Smith to Bloody Scotland since our first festival in 2012. We’ve offered marzipan, free copies of Yachting Monthly, rare editions of WH Auden’s poetry, and even scrambled eggs on toast with truffle oil and anchovy paste (just a few of his favourite things). Yet, still we’d never managed to get him here – until now. So, it’s with some excitement that we offer for your delectation and delight,…

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The Pen Name is Mightier Than the Sword: Haylen Beck, Sam Bourne, Jack Flynn

Saturday 21st September from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

Meet three crime writers who have adopted pseudonyms to write top-class thrillers, despite being well-known and hugely successful under their own names. Haylen Beck is the nom du guerre of international bestseller Stuart Neville. His new novel Lost You sees a mother in a desperate hunt for her young son. Sam Bourne is the most successful male thriller writer in the UK today and also flourishes in his day job as journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Freedland. David Hosp is a…

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Bloody Scotland Crime Writers’ Football Match: Scotland v England

Saturday 21st September from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm BST
Cowanes Hospital Bowling Green, 49 St John Street
Stirling, FK8 1ED
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Free

Welcome to the thud and blunder that is the annual Scotland v England crime writers' football match on the hallowed turf of Cowane’s Hospital bowling green with The Bloody Cup at stake. Scotland won the inaugural match 13-1 in 2014 and triumphed again 6-2 in 2017, while the teams played out a dramatic 5-5 draw in 2015. Other results also occurred. The winners may write the history books, but the losers write the festival brochure. Final line-ups will, as ever,…

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New Nordic Horizons: Kjell Ola Dahl, Thomas Enger, Sif Sigmarsdóttir

Saturday 21st September from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

Scandinavian crime fiction continues to steamroll all before it with an irresistible cocktail of bleak landscapes, melancholy and angst. But, just as there’s much more to Sweden than Abba and Ikea, there’s a lot more to Nordic Noir than that. Meet three northern stars who are shaking up the established view of Scandi crime writing. The Courier, a thrilling tale of intrigue in and after World War Two, is the latest from Kjell Ola Dahl, the Godfather of Nordic Noir.…

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Denise Mina and Louise Welsh

Saturday 21st September from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

Crime fiction is populated by writers with razor-sharp minds, rapier wits and finely-honed social consciences but few embody these traits better than Denise Mina and Louise Welsh. They lead the pack in terms of the intelligence and insightfulness of their work. For book after book, they have shown how it should be done. As if that wasn’t enough, they are both exceptional speakers and are guaranteed to entertain and inform in equal measure. Denise Mina’s latest novel Conviction is a…

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The Axe-swinging 60s and the Psycho 70s: Andrew Martin, Alan Parks, Andrew Williams

Saturday 21st September from 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8

For those of you in denial that the 1960s and 70s can possibly be the setting for historical crime fiction, then join the club. Sadly however, the cruel sands of time bury even the grooviest of dead bodies. The saving grace of this monstrous process is three gripping noir novels that grab these decades by the throat and squeeze the life out of them. Andrew Martin’s The Winker is set in the sweltering summer of 76 while Alan Parks’ February’s…

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Richard Osman with Mark Billingham

Saturday 21st September from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

He is the tallest and smartest man on television – and one of the most-loved too. You’d think that would be enough for anyone but oh no, Richard Osman has only gone and written a crime novel as well. The star of BBC’s Pointless has signed a seven-figure deal for two books, the first of which will be published in 2020. Richard is a huge crime fiction fan – and, inevitably, very knowledgeable about it too. We can’t let you…

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We Are Detectives: Mike Craven, Mari Hannah, Peter Robinson

Saturday 21st September from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

From Jack Laidlaw to John Rebus, from Jane Tennyson to Harry Bosch, the police detective has long been the dark, beating heart of the crime novel. Plain clothes, plain speaking, plain old brilliant at catching the bad guys, they are what make the genre tick. Mike Craven’s DS Washington Poe is a relative newcomer to the ranks of fictional detectives but his appearance in Black Summer has already seen him hailed as one of the best. Mari Hannah’s DCI David…

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Myth and History: Sandra Ireland, Anna Mazzola, Mary Paulson Ellis

Saturday 21st September from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8

When stories are told and years pass, truths and legends can twist until one can’t be distinguished from the other. In the hands of skilled storytellers such as these, the tapestry they produce can be beguiling, unsettling and dangerous to know. Can a long-dead warrior queen really be the key to a modern-day death in Sandra Ireland’s The Unmaking of Ellie Rook? Are mythical spirits responsible for the abduction of young girls on Skye in Anna Mazzola’s The Story Keeper?…

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Caroline Kepnes and Shari Lapena

Saturday 21st September from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

We are delighted to bring you two of the hottest talents to emerge from North America in recent years. Two authors who have enjoyed startling success across the globe, both on screen and on the page. Caroline Kepnes is the author of You, the perversely brilliant thriller which was a major Netflix series. Bookstore manager Joe’s obsession with would-be writer Beck was a hypnotically chilling exploration of the line between seduction and stalking. Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door was…

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The India Connection: Ajay Chowdhury, Abir Mukherjee, Trisha Sakhlecha

Saturday 21st September from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8

From India, with love. And dark secrets, death and danger. Ajay Chowdhury is the inaugural winner of the Harvill Secker and Bloody Scotland competition to find a new crime writer from a BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) background. He will tell us about his debut novel which will be published in 2020. Scotland’s own Abir Mukherjee has become an international sensation in the space of three books set in the land of his parents’ birth, while in Trisha Sakhlecha’s much-anticipated…

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The Quiz

Saturday 21st September from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

It’s a bit like Mastermind meets the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Or a mash up of Eggheads and Silence of the Lambs. Above all, it’s Pointless with The Usual Suspects. Two teams of crime writers – captained by Denise Mina and Mark Billingham – engage in a battle of wits, completely unarmed, to see who can win the much-coveted and completely non-existent Crime Quiz Trophy 2019. Quizmaster Craig Robertson will have all the questions, most of the answers, and hopefully remembers…

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Ian Rankin interviewed by a special guest

Saturday 21st September from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

He’s the man who led the Tartan Noir charge to the top of international bestseller charts. He’s the creator of the iconic Detective Inspector John Rebus who sets the standard for crime fiction cops everywhere and is as recognisable a part of Edinburgh as Princes Street and the Castle. Ian has – by the last count – sold some 30 million books that have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been bestsellers around the world. In a House of…

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Trading Places: Gordon Brown, MJ Cross, Helen Fields

Saturday 21st September from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8

A change, they say, is as good as a rest. But these three authors prove that it can be so much more than that. It can be thrilling, it can be deadly, and it can make for a fabulously good book. Gordon Brown has swapped the mean streets of Glasgow for Los Angeles for his new novel Highest Lives, which features a new super-priced narcotic for the ultra-rich. In What She Saw Last Night, MJ Cross has traded his first…

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A Twist on the Cosy: Vaseem Khan, Catriona McPherson and Lynne Truss

Saturday 21st September from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

It’s always the quiet ones you have to watch. Some novels – and their authors – may look harmless but murder is murder, whether it comes with a baby elephant or a side plate of whimsy. In Vaseem Khan’s fabulous Bad Day at the Vulture Club, the body of a slain industrialist is left on holy ground to be devoured by vultures. Catriona McPherson’s Strangers at the Gate starts out in the Christie country house tradition, but it takes a…

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SOLD OUT – Crime at the Coo

Saturday 21st September from 8:30 pm - Sunday 22nd September from 1:00 am BST
Curly Coo, 51 Barnton Street
Stirling, FK8 1HH United Kingdom
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£10

On your marks, get set, go… for the fastest selling tickets of the festival. The Curly Coo bar on Barnton Street is the home of our Saturday night bacchanalia where bestselling authors will step up to the microphone for your delight. We’ve had Val McDermid sing ballads, we’ve had the Slice Girls on the bar, Chris Brookmyre swearing like ****, Steve Cavanagh doing poetry. Who knows what this year will bring? Yes, it will be busy. Yes, you might struggle…

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The Killer Ceilidh

Saturday 21st September from 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£15

Take the floor for our first-ever Bloody Scotland ceilidh. Don’t worry if you don’t know your Orcadian Strip the Willow from your Eightsome Reel. All will be explained! We’ll be Military Twostepping, we’ll be dancing the St Bernard’s Waltz and everyone will be doing the Dashing White Sergeant. Get ready to bounce on your bunions and waggle your wallies. If you can’t find a partner, use a wooden chair. The Killer Ceilidh is going to rock. Featuring The Smoking Barrel…

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Pitch Perfect

Sunday 22nd September from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8

A sleepless night, a nervous breakfast and a hefty dose of tension. All are guaranteed for those brave enough to pitch their novel ideas to our panel of industry experts. However, the rewards for doing so can be great. The likes of Joseph Knox, Matt Wesolowski and Steph Broadribb have all emerged from Pitch Perfect to secure publishing deals and major success. This year’s panel includes Emad Akhtar, editor at Orion; Holly Domney, publishing co-ordinator at Black Thorn Books; Mark…

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When the Dogs Don’t Bark: Professor Angela Gallop

Sunday 22nd September from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

After joining the Forensic Science Service, the first crime scene that Angela Gallop attended was for a case involving the Yorkshire Ripper. In the 40 years that have followed, she has become the most sought-after forensic scientist in the UK and also works on a wide range of cases in countries around the world. Her skills have helped solve many high-profile murders including those of Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor, Rachel Nickell and Roberto Calvi. When the Dogs Don’t Bark is…

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Desert Island Crooks: Abir Mukherjee, Caro Ramsay, Craig Robertson

Sunday 22nd September from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

Join author Jonathan Whitelaw as he takes three intrepid writers and leaves them on a desert island with only their favourite books for company. No music, no luxury item, no Complete Works of Shakspeare, no Bible. Abir Mukherjee, Caro Ramsay and Craig Robertson, will discuss the five books they couldn’t be without if they were stuck in the wilderness. From guilty pleasures to all-time classics, the panel will take a light-hearted look at each other’s choices, champion their favourites and…

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A Mirror To Society: Paul Burston, Sarah Hilary, William Shaw

Sunday 22nd September from 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8

Crime fiction can’t always be fun and games and blood and gore, sometimes it has to offer more. These authors do exactly that with novels that, while still succeeding in being gripping thrillers, also forensically examine some of the most relevant and contemporary issues. Paul Burston’s The Closer I Get is a taut and brilliant study of the dangers of online relationships. Sarah Hilary’s latest novel, Never Be Broken, is a searing indictment of young lives lost cheaply, while social…

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Till Death Do Us Part : Louise Candlish, Helen Fitzgerald, Catherine Steadman

Sunday 22nd September from 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

Love and marriage. They go together like divorce and disparage – and murder. From the twisted and brilliant imaginations of three authors, comes reasons why no one in their right mind would tie the knot, except round their loved one’s throat. In Louise Candlish’s number one bestseller Our House, a husband’s catastrophic mistake becomes his wife’s nightmare. Helen Fitzgerald follows the international success of The Cry with the deliciously dark and unputdownable Worst Case Scenario, and Catherine Steadman (who played…

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Lin Anderson and Alex Gray

Sunday 22nd September from 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

Spend an hour in the company of two great friends and great authors and enjoy the pleasure of eavesdropping as they talk about their career in books. Lin is best known as the creator of the forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod thrillers. There are now 14 books in this consistently brilliant series, from the first, Driftnet, to the latest, Time for the Dead in which Rhona returns to her roots on the Isle of Skye. Alex Gray’s Lorimer series has also…

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The Emerald Guile: Jane Casey, Steve Cavanagh, Olivia Kiernan

Sunday 22nd September from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

While the Scots and the Scandis have long punched – and strangled, stabbed and shot – way above their weight in the world of crime fiction, their positions are coming under threat from the Emerald Isle. A wave of supremely talented writers from north and south of the Irish border has coming crashing into the genre. International bestseller Jane Casey’s latest Maeve Kerrigan thriller is the chilling Cruel Acts, Steve Cavanagh has followed up the phenomenal success of Thirteen with…

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Spy Sisters: Sarah Armstrong, Asia Mackay, Charlotte Philby

Sunday 22nd September from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8

The shadowy world of espionage was once a largely male preserve, both in reality and in fiction. Wikipedia lists 126 notable writers of spy fiction, both past and present – of those, just two are women. But things are beginning to change. We present three spy novelists whose ability to layer intrigue upon international incident isn’t bounded by gender. Sarah Armstrong mesmerises in The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt, while Asia Mackay’s stylish debut Killing It does exactly that. Charlotte Philby,…

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Partners in Crime: Nicci French and Ambrose Parry

Sunday 22nd September from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

Tips on how to keep your marriage fresh #27. Write gripping, bestselling murder mysteries together before you turn in for the night. Meet two Mr & Mrs who combine to produce some of the best crime fiction around. But how do they do it without killing each other? Husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French combine as Nicci French to be the authors of 22 bestselling novels, including the brilliant Frieda Klein series. Chris Brookmyre and wife Marisa…

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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir interviewed by a special guest

Sunday 22nd September from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

Until recent years, Iceland’s biggest exports were aluminium and fillets of fish – but things have changed greatly. Suddenly, it is the country’s crime writers that are in demand. Led by the undisputed Queen of Icelandic Noir, our prestigious guest, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, a wave of stunning crime fiction voices has emerged from this relatively crime-free country. Her latest novel is the stunning The Absolution, her ninth novel in English. When a teen is murdered, the police find out the same…

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Gothic Institutions: Oscar de Muriel, Craig Russell, ES Thomson

Sunday 22nd September from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

Deliciously dark, stylishly sinister and always atmospheric, the world of gothic crime fiction is a fertile breeding ground for dangerous imaginations such as these. In Oscar de Muriel’s latest book, The Darker Arts, a 19th century seance for three of Edinburgh’s wealthiest families ends in their deaths. Craig Russell’s The Devil Aspect is a thrilling, twisting descent into the minds of six homicidal lunatics caged in a Czech asylum. ES Thomson again delights with Surgeon’s Hall, the fourth in her…

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Europe: Still Here. Still Game. Toni Hill, Philip Gwynne Jones and Johana Gustawsson

Sunday 22nd September from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
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£7 – £8

So, last year we had a panel of pan-European authors to mark our last festival with the UK in the EU. Well, as you might have read, that didn’t go exactly according to plan. Maybe if they had had a plan… Anyway, the bonus is we get to do it again. Toni Hill is a hugely respected Spanish author whose latest book is Tigres de Cristal. Philip Gwynne Jones has lived in Holland, Germany and Scotland and now lives in…

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All in the (Dysfunctional) Family: Doug Johnstone, Michael J Malone, Iain Maitland

Sunday 22nd September from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£8 – £9

You can choose your friends, but you can’t kill your family. It’s the first law of both domestic bliss and the legal system. However, in these three heart-breaking novels, it is sorely tempting. In Doug Johnstone’s superb Breakers, 17-year-old Tyler is a good kid in the wrong family, trying to do the right thing against all the odds. Michael J Malone’s emotionally charged In the Absence of Miracles is an exploration of family secrets and the damage done by keeping…

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Stuart MacBride and Mark Billingham

Sunday 22nd September from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
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£9 – £10

Expect the unexpected. It’s true of any good crime novel and it’s certainly true of an afternoon in the company of two of the best and biggest names in the business. We’d like to tell you what they’re going to talk about, but it could be anything from their latest books to the time one of them shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. What is guaranteed is a fascinating hour laced with anecdotes, insights and laughter.…

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