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September 2021

DIGITAL PASS

Thursday 16th September from 8:00 am - Thursday 30th September from 11:59 pm BST
£45

Early Bird Price: £35 (before 16 Sept) / £45 after ALL ACCESS TO ONLINE EVENTS (with exception of the Masterclass) ALL WEEKEND 17th - 19th September. The majority of events will be accessible on demand until 30th September. Please ignore message about collecting tickets - information on how to view the events will be sent out to you before the festival.

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Keynote – Steve Cavanagh

Friday 17th September from 1:30 pm - Thursday 30th September from 2:30 pm BST
Online
£5
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Debut Prize Panel (Online)

Friday 17th September from 2:30 pm - Thursday 30th September from 3:30 pm BST
Online
£5

Meet the next generation of Scottish crime writers. The four finalists battling to be crowned as best debut of 2021 appear together, just hours before the award is made as they hope to follow in the footsteps of previous winners Claire Askew and Deborah Masson. Emma Christie’s acclaimed first novel, the suspenseful The Silent Daughter explores family secrets in the age of social media. Alistair Liddle’s thrilling debut No Harm Done tells of murder and conspiracy on the dangerous streets…

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Jo Nesbø The Jealousy Man (online)

Friday 17th September from 4:00 pm - Thursday 30th September from 5:00 pm BST
Online
£5

The undisputed king of Nordic Noir, the multi-talented and multi-million selling Jo Nesbo has done it all. The creator of the iconic Harry Hole has sold an incredible 50 million books worldwide and is translated into 50 languages. That’s before you get into his career as a stockbroker, professional footballer, chart-topping rock star and expert rock climber. Nesbo has thrilled readers with a succession of global bestsellers including The Snowman, The Leopard, Phantom, and The Kingdom, all set in his…

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Crimes of Many Colours (online)

Friday 17th September from 4:00 pm - Thursday 30th September from 5:00 pm BST
Online
£5

As if proof were needed that Scottish crime fiction is indeed a broad church (even though it doesn’t include Broadchurch...) then these four authors deliver said proof in spades. And axes and knives and chibs. Ewan Morrison’s brilliant dystopian thriller How to Survive Everything tells of a teenage girl seeking to navigatea word ravaged by an even deadlier pandemic. The April Dead is the latest in Alan Parks’ acclaimed Harry McCoy series set on the mean streets of 60s Glasgow.…

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Prize Ceremony (online)

Friday 17th September from 5:15 pm - Thursday 30th September from 6:15 pm BST
Online
Free

Now in its ninth year, the McIlvanney Prize for crime novel of the year has established itself as the most prestigious and coveted award for Scottish crime fiction. Named in honour of the late, great William McIlvanney, it already has a stellar roster of winners: Charles Cumming; Malcolm Mackay; Peter May; Chris Brookmyre; Denise Mina; Manda Scott; Liam McIlvanney; and Francine Toon. The ceremony will also include awarding the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize, an accolade won last year by Deborah…

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Ian Rankin – The Dark Remains (online)

Friday 17th September from 7:00 pm - Thursday 30th September from 8:00 pm BST
Online
£5

It might be the most talked about Scottish crime novel in a decade. An epic, generation-spanning collaboration between two giants of the genre – the man who started it all and the man who took it on. William McIlvanney had the beginnings of a new Laidlaw novel, something the crime fiction world had been waiting decades for. His sad death in 2015, left a book undone, a story untold. There were notes; chapters here and sheets of paper there. The…

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Shocking Twists and Big Reveals (online)

Friday 17th September from 7:00 pm - Thursday 30th September from 8:00 pm BST
Online
£5

Kia Abdullah, Louise Candlish, Alex Knight, Stuart Neville The crime writer’s art is often likea magician’s misdirection, drawing attention to one thing to distract from another. Rather than a rabbit in a hat, the result might be a body in a freezer, a mystery assailant or an explosion. Four wizards of words will reveal (almost) all the tricks of their trade. Kia Abdullah’s Next Of Kin is a pulsating legal thriller that doubles as an engrossing human drama. Louise Candlish…

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Kathy Reichs – The Bone Code (online)

Friday 17th September from 8:30 pm - Thursday 30th September from 9:30 pm BST
Online
£5

Joining us from the United States, in front of a live Albert Halls audience, is one of the most popular and biggest selling crime writers of the 21st century. Kathy Reichs is the creator of the Temperance Brennan series, which now numbers 22 books and has been translated into over 30 languages. A professor of forensic anthropology, Dr Reichs has taught FBI agents how to detect human remains, travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN tribunal on genocide, helped…

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Murder, Polis (online)

Friday 17th September from 8:30 pm - Thursday 30th September from 9:30 pm BST
Online
£5

The police procedural continues to take no prisoners (and um, takes prisoners) as it outsells other forms of crime fiction. To prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, we have four formidable exponents of the art. Marion Todd has brought fictional terror to the streets and beaches of St Andrews and wreaks further havoc as DI Clare Mackay returns in What They Knew. Former police detective Neil Lancaster has brought his real-life experience to the much-praised Dead Man’s Grave, featuring DS…

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Lin Anderson and Elly Griffiths – Forensic Investigations (online)

Saturday 18th September from 10:00 am - Thursday 30th September from 11:00 am BST
Online
£5

Meet the creative geniuses behind two of the most enduring and popular female characters in crime fiction. Lin Anderson’s much-loved forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod has featured in 16 acclaimed novels, while Elly Griffith’s iconic forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway has entertained readers through 13 outstanding outings. In Lin’s The Killing Tide, three bodies are found on a mysterious cargo ship which has swept ashore in the Orkney Isles. Rhona MacLeod’s investigation leads her to suspect a dangerous game was…

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Alanna Knight Historical Panel (online)

Saturday 18th September from 10:00 am - Thursday 30th September from 11:00 am BST
Online
£5

SG McLean, ES Thomson, Douglas Watt. In memory of the sadly missed Alanna Knight, a great friend of the festival, this event celebrates the best of historical Scottish crime fiction. Rich in legend, brimming with atmosphere, and dipped in delicious detail, it has delighted readers since the days of Robert Louis Stevenson and beyond. SG McLean is the creator of the Seeker novels set in Cromwell’s London. The gripping conclusion to this lauded series is The House of Lamentations. ES…

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The Body Politic – Alan Johnson & Robert Peston (online)

Saturday 18th September from 11:45 am - Thursday 30th September from 12:45 pm BST
Online
£5

People being stabbed in the back, character assassinations, corruption, lies and double dealing, and those who know where the bodies are buried. Anyway, enough about Westminster and Holyrood, let’s talk about crime novels. Two leading figures in the political arena have elected to make an honest living and have turned their hands to crime. Former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson’s debut novel, The Late Train to Gypsy Hill, tells of a chance commuter encounter which leads to a thrilling tangle…

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Searching for a Home – Sarah Hilary, Imran Mahmood and Tim Sullivan (online)

Saturday 18th September from 11:45 am - Thursday 30th September from 12:45 pm BST
Online
£5

Meet three authors who force us to question our preconceptions of those who’ve fallen through society’s cracks as they tackle one of society’s most pressing yet overlooked problems – homelessness. Sarah Hilary’s darkly unsettling new novel Fragile tells of runaway Nell Ballard who is in search of a roof over her head, but her new lodgings turn out not to be the safe haven she’d hoped for. In the intelligent and thought provoking What I Saw, the latest from Imran…

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Secrets and Spies – Mick Herron, Charlotte Philby and Simon Conway (online)

Saturday 18th September from 1:30 pm - Thursday 30th September from 2:30 pm BST
Online
£5

Modern espionage writers have conspired to bring readers some of the best crime novels of recent years, showing great skill to adapt to ever-changing international dynamics and deliver intrigue and thrills in equal measure. Here, we have three of the best, proving that undercover is the place to be. Mick Herron’s much lauded and loved Jackson Lamb novels are in production for TV, starring Oscar-winner Gary Oldman, and his latest novel Slough House is a brilliant addition to an unrivalled…

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Alex Gray’s New Crimes (online)

Saturday 18th September from 1:30 pm - Thursday 30th September from 2:30 pm BST
Online
£5

Discover Alex Gray’s pick of the best crime debuts of the year. Rahul Raina’s How To Kidnap the Rich, a riotous satire of modern India wrapped up in a thrilling crime caper, has been hailed as a magnificent rollercoaster of a book. The Long, Long Afternoon by Inga Vesper is a beguiling and atmospheric mystery set in 1950s California – a tale of bloodstains, inequality and broken dreams. In Lara Thompson’s enthralling One Night, New York two women wait atop…

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Around the World in 80 Deaths – Claudia Piñeiro, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Sergei Lebedev and Femi Kayode (online)

Saturday 18th September from 3:15 pm - Thursday 30th September from 4:15 pm BST
Online
£5

We bring you four outstanding crime writers from around the world who are breaking new ground as they tell stories that need to be told. Claudia Piñeiro is the author of 13 crime novels, all of which have been bestsellers in her native Argentina and across Latin America. David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota nation, is the author of the multi award-winning debut Winter Counts. Sergei Lebedev is one of Russia’s bravest and most brilliant…

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And Then There Were Three – Elle Connel, Susi Holliday and CL Taylor (online)

Saturday 18th September from 3:15 pm - Thursday 30th September from 4:15 pm BST
Online
£5

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is the bestselling murder mystery of all time. Little wonder then that it has served as a blueprint for generations of writers whose casts of characters slowly dwindle. These three authors, however, have put a fresh spin on a timeless trope. In Elle Connel’s Down By the Water, seven friends gather at a castle in the Scottish Borders but it turns into the weekend trip from hell. The Last Resort by Susi Holliday…

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Killer B’s – Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre (online)

Saturday 18th September from 5:00 pm - Thursday 30th September from 6:00 pm BST
Online
£5

Individually, they’re two of the best crime writers in the business. Together, they’re trouble. Expect the unexpected and expect to be entertained as Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre talk books and whatever comes up next. Rabbit Hole is the latest masterpiece to leap from the Billingham imagination. When a patient is murdered on a psychiatric ward, DC Alice Armitage is on the trail of the killer. The only problem is that Alice is a patient too. Brookmyre’s new novel The…

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The Science of Murder – Jim Fraser and Richard Taylor (online)

Saturday 18th September from 5:00 pm - Thursday 30th September from 6:00 pm BST
Online
£5

Spend an hour in the company of two men who have spent their working lives investigating the darkest of crimes, albeit from different perspectives. For Jim Fraser it’s all about whodunnit, for Richard Taylor it’s all about why. Forensic scientist and cold case reviewer Fraser has been at the forefront of forensic science in the UK for decades. In his compelling and chilling memoir Murder Under the Microscope he details some of the most notable cases he’s worked on. Taylor…

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Val McDermid – 1979 (online)

Saturday 18th September from 6:45 pm - Thursday 30th September from 7:45 pm BST
Online
£5

When the Queen of Crime embarks on a new series, you know that you’ll sign up for the entire journey and that it will be quite a trip! Consider that her previous series include the Wire in the Blood novels featuring Carol Jordan and Tony Hill as well as the bestselling and award-winning series showcasing Karen Pirie, Kate Brannigan and Lindsay Gordon, 1979 has tough acts to follow. Luckily, as maiden voyages go, it is right up there with the…

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Pitch Black Humour – Doug Johnstone, JD Kirk and Antti Tuomainen (online)

Saturday 18th September from 6:45 pm - Thursday 30th September from 7:45 pm BST
Online
£5

Being funny isn’t easy. Being funny when your subject matter is deadly serious is a tricky business, and a skill that few writers can deliver. These three authors are masters at puncturing the darkness of their work with gallows humour that leaves their readers thoroughly entertained. Doug Johnstone’s outstanding Skelf trilogy concludes with The Great Silence, a novel that contains all the Johnstone hallmarks of empathy and darkly comedic undercurrents. JD Kirk’s highlands-set DCI Jack Logan series, the latest of…

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Stephen King and Linwood Barclay (online)

Saturday 18th September from 8:30 pm - Thursday 30th September from 9:30 pm BST
Online
£5

Yes, THAT Stephen King. The man regarded by many as the world’s greatest living storyteller will appear before a live Albert Halls audience alongside his friend, the outstanding Canadian crime writer Linwood Barclay. King, the author of iconic novels such as Misery, The Shining, Carrie, Mr Mercedes and The Green Mile, has written 63 books, an incredible 50 of which have been made into movies. His latest bestseller is the lauded crime novel Billy Summers, a tale of the best…

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Nordic Noir – Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, Heidi Amsinck and Lilja Sigurðardóttir (online)

Saturday 18th September from 8:30 pm - Thursday 30th September from 9:30 pm BST
Online
£5

The spectacular rise of crime fiction from the Nordic nations shows no sign of stopping as ever more authors emerge to international acclaim. These three ice queens are leading the exciting next generation of writers delivering chills, thrills and social commentary. Heidi Amsinck’s debut My Name is Jensen is a compelling and atmospheric novel which tells of a homeless man stabbed on the wintry streets of her native Copenhagen. The twisty Girls Who Lie is the second in the Forbidden…

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The Quiz Lovin’ Crimewriters (online)

Saturday 18th September from 10:15 pm - Thursday 30th September from 11:15 pm BST
Online
£5

This time it’s deadly serious. Well, not really. Just a bit. It’s our crimetastic quiz where two teams of authors battle each other in pursuit of glory. We’ll test their knowledge of everything from theme tunes to knitting mysteries, from the colour of Poirot’s pyjamas to the name of Rebus’s dog. In the blue corner, we have Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre and Doug Johnstone. In the red, we have Mark Billingham, Luca Veste and Stuart Neville. Craig Robertson will be…

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The Red Hot Chilli Writers – How Woke are You? (online)

Saturday 18th September from 10:15 pm - Thursday 30th September from 11:15 pm BST
Online
£5

It’s one of the hottest podcasts in the business, packed with interviews with top crime writers, and now it’s coming live to Bloody Scotland. The show is the brainchild of British Asian authors Abir Mukherjee and Vaseem Khan and their insightful, funny interviews are guaranteed to spice up your life.  In this special episode, Abir and Vaseem pose the most important question of our time: How Woke Are You? Duelling it out in a hilarious no holds barred ‘Woke Off’…

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From the Cradle to the Grave – Liz Nugent and Stuart Macbride (online)

Sunday 19th September from 11:00 am - Thursday 30th September from 12:00 pm BST
Online
£5

Meet two authors at the peak of their powers who have perfected the skill of toying with our emotions and torturing our imaginations. In the course of four award-winning novels, Liz Nugent has become one of the most distinctive voices in crime fiction. Her beautifully written psychological thrillers come with a fearsome punch. Our Little Cruelties begins at the funeral of one of three dysfunctional brothers. But which brother died, and which brother killed him? Stuart MacBride’s The Coffinmaker’s Garden…

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Pitch Perfect (online)

Sunday 19th September from 11:00 am - Thursday 30th September from 12:00 pm BST
Online
£5

It’s a dream chance and a nightmare ordeal rolled into. The opportunity to stand up in front of a panel of industry experts and pitch your novel to them in the hope of securing a publishing deal. Sounds terrifying? It is. The chance of a lifetime? It’s that too. The likes of Joseph Knox, Steph Broadribb, Matt Wesolowski, Alison Belsham and Lisa Gray have made Pitch Perfect their first step on the ladder to the bestseller charts. Some nervous novelists…

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Bloody Scottish History – Denise Mina, Ambrose Parry and Craig Russell (online)

Sunday 19th September from 12:45 pm - Thursday 30th September from 1:45 pm BST
Online
£5

Scotland’s rich and bloody history is a macabre treasure trove waiting to be ransacked. In this event, three authors of consummate storytelling skill and a dedication to research will explain how they twist it to their advantage and ours. Denise Mina’s Rizzio is a breathtaking account of the brutal murder of the private secretary of Mary Queen of Scots. A tale of sex, power and secrets, it is history under a modern lens. Ambrose Parry has delivered three powerful tales…

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A Criminal A – Z (online)

Sunday 19th September from 1:00 pm - Thursday 30th September from 5:00 pm BST
Online
£5

Get ready for a rolling cast of 26 brilliant authors, plus another four as your hosts. Four writers will be chatting on your screen then one will drop off, a new one will appear, and we all cross our fingers that the Wi-Fi works Our incredible array of crime-writing talent is: Megan Abbott; DV Bishop; Ajay Chowdhury; Sharon Dempsey; Fiona Erskine; Mick Finlay; Ryan Gattis; Mari Hannah; Matthew Iden; Ed James; Erin Kelly; Gytha Lodge; Saima Mir; Charlotte Northedge; Stephen…

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Slow Burning Secrets – Paula Hawkins, Lisa Jewell and SJ Watson (online)

Sunday 19th September from 2:30 pm - Thursday 30th September from 3:30 pm BST
Online
£5

Storytelling is an art. Great authors have an ability to make you wait, have you dangling on their hook, then reel you in when they are good and ready. These three writers are masters of that dark art. Paula Hawkins, author of the phenomenon that was Girl on the Train, has roared back to her brilliant best with her explosive and startling new novel A Slow Fire Burning. The latest in Lisa Jewell’s incredibly impressive body of work is the…

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A Mexican Standoff – Guillermo Arriaga and Jeanine Cummins (online)

Sunday 19th September from 4:00 pm - Thursday 30th September from 5:00 pm BST
Online
£5

Guillermo Arriaga is a Mexican author, screenwriter, director and producer whose novels have been translated into 18 languages. The epic and enthralling Untameable is set in 1960s Mexico City, a time and place where justice was sold to the highest bidder. Arriaga is also an Oscar-nominated and Bafta-winning screenwriter for the drama Babel. Jeanine Cummins is the author of one of the most talked about and controversial books of 2020, the extraordinary American Dirt which sold over two million copies…

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A Brother and Child Reunion – Andrew Child and Lee Child (online)

Sunday 19th September from 5:30 pm - Thursday 30th September from 6:30 pm BST
Online
£5

What do you do if you want to slip quietly away from arguably the most successful thriller series in decades but have no desire to see your iconic character follow you into retirement? You keep it in the family. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels are a phenomenon. They number 25 novels, 100 million books sold in 49 languages and 101 territories, and they are relentlessly outstanding. Lee’s younger brother Andrew, himself a successful thriller writer, has taken up the Reacher…

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Karin Slaughter (online)

Sunday 19th September from 7:00 pm - Thursday 30th September from 8:00 pm BST
Online
£5

Every thriller needs a fitting finish and Bloody Scotland 2021 will be no different as we’re joined live from the USA by one of the world’s most popular storytellers, Karin Slaughter. Published in 120 countries, Karin has sold an incredible 35 million books across the globe. She is the creator of two exceptional series, the Grant County books and the Will Trent novels, as well as a number of bestselling standalones. Her latest novel, the engrossing False Witness, displays the…

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