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September 2018

Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Masterclasses [SOLD OUT]

Friday 21st September from 9:15 am - 4:45 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
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£90 – £100

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… GRAEME MACRAE BURNET: THE CRAFT OF CRIME WRITING The 2018 keynote will be delivered by Graeme Macrae Burnet who is the author of three novels, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau, the Man Booker shortlisted His Bloody Project and The Accident on the A35. He was born in Kilmarnock and has lived and worked in…

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The Cry: Helen Fitzgerald, Cast Member Sophie Kennedy Clark and Executive Producer Claire Mundell

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

The Cry is a major new BBC drama on TV this autumn, based on the hit book by Australian-born and Glasgow-based Helen FitzGerald. When a baby goes missing on a lonely roadside it sparks a police investigation and media sensation. Made by Scottish production company Synchronicity, it stars Jenna Coleman, Ewan Leslie and Stella Gonet. We will be joined by actor Sophie Kennedy Clark whose first big break came when she starred as David Tennant's eldest daughter in the television series…

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Alanna Knight and Alex Gray: 50 years in the business of crime

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

Alanna Knight MBE has been writing novels for an incredible 50 years. The grand dame of Scottish crime fiction has written over 60 books, from Legend of the Loch (1968) to Murder Lies Waiting (2018). What has inspired to keep producing so many much-loved novels? Alanna will discuss her remarkable career in conversation with her good friend, and Bloody Scotland co-founder, Alex Gray.

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

Friday 21st September from 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm BST
Church of the Holy Rude, St John Sreet
Stirling, FK8 1ED United Kingdom
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£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…

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Val McDermid and Denise Mina

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

The festival gets well underway in the company of two of Scotland’s, indeed the world’s, finest and most lauded crime writers. As well as being highly proficient in the business of dispatching bodies and putting society under the microscope, Val and Denise are among the most entertaining and informative speakers you will find anywhere. Val’s latest novel is Broken Ground, the fifth in her DCI Karen Pirie series, in which a highland peat bog gives up a deadly, long-held secret.…

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The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers

Friday 21st September from 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

Meet the psycho killers who shot the sheriff (but did not shoot his deputy). They fought the law and the law won but now they’ve done their time in Folsom Prison and are murdering songs for fun. Back from a hugely successful world tour of Pitlochry, Islington and Glenrothes, they are ready to rock and, quite possibly, roll on the stage of the Albert Halls where they wowed the audience last year. The FLCW features the musical talents of Doug…

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The Generalist – A Murder Mystery Musical by Sophie Hannah and Annette Armitage

Saturday 22nd September
Tolbooth, Jail Wynd
Stirling, FK8 1DE United Kingdom
£10 – £12

Showings at 2pm and 7:30pm. John Danes, a ‘generalist’ who does all sorts of strange jobs for all kinds of peculiar people, is about to set off to Idlewyld House, former home of the late Harriet Landrigan – the most famous and bestselling romantic novelist the world has ever known – when a strange man knocks on his door. This stranger knows John is expected at Idlewyld House, though he won’t say how he knows. When asked who he is,…

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Above the law: Steve Cavanagh and Tony Kent

Saturday 22nd September from 10:30 am - 11:30 am BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
£8 – £9

Meet two legal heavyweights – and former boxers – whose books pack a knockout punch. Belfast lawyer, Steve Cavanagh is fast establishing himself at the head of the legal thriller pack. In the superb and riveting Thirteen, the serial killer isn’t on trial, he’s on the jury. Tony Kent’s Killer Intent has been hailed as the must-have read of 2018. Tony is a leading barrister who often appears at the Old Bailey. In his debut, an assassin’s bullet sparks explosive…

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Crime Writers on the psychologist’s couch: Dr Kathy Charles, Craig Robertson and Lin Anderson

Saturday 22nd September from 10:30 am - 11:30 am BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

We go inside the twisted minds of two of Scotland’s leading authors in the company of psychologist Dr Kathy Charles. She will lay both writers and their books metaphorically on her metaphorical couch and see what secrets she can uncover. Craig Robertson’s The Photographer is the latest in his Winter & Narey series, seeing DI Rachel Narey become the target of cyber trolls as she hunts a serial rapist. In Lin Anderson’s Sin’s of the Dead, Rhona Macleod is also…

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The Swedish crime wave: Christoffer Carlsson, Johana Gustawsson and Will Dean

Saturday 22nd September from 10:30 am - 11:30 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
£7 – £8

Bleak and dark with more moral complexity than an entire Abba album – Swedish novels continue to rock the crime fiction world. In 2013, Christoffer Carlsson became the youngest person to win Swedish crime novel of the year for the first in his celebrated Leo Junker series. French-born Johana Gustawsson is married to a Swede and her chilling new novel Keeper switches between crime scenes in London and Falkenberg on Sweden’s west coast. After studying law, Will Dean moved to…

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Taking over the reins: Felix Francis and Stella Duffy

Saturday 22nd September from 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
£8 – £9

Following in the bloodied footsteps of two of the biggest names in crime fiction is a daunting task but these authors have done so with aplomb. Felix Francis was always the front runner to keep the work of his father – the legendary Dick Francis – on track. Crisis is his thirteenth fast-paced racing novel. Stella Duffy, bestselling author of 15 novels, took up the challenge of completing an unfinished work by Golden Age queen of crime, Ngaio Marsh. Working…

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Frank Gardner

Saturday 22nd September from 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

The BBC’s Frank Gardner is one of the most recognisable and respected faces on television. He’s delivered the news from some of the world’s bloodiest hotspots, most notably in the Middle East where he was paralysed for life after suffering multiple gunshot wounds in Saudi Arabia. As well as being the Beeb’s Security Correspondent, Frank is now also the bestselling author of two highly acclaimed thrillers. Ultimatum is the follow up to his hit debut Crisis, both featuring SIS agent…

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The legacy of Brit Noir: Nick Triplow, Harry Brett and Cathi Unsworth

Saturday 22nd September from 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
£7 – £8

Tough guys and tougher broads, gangland hoods in sharp suits and trails of cigarette smoke, cops on the take and the band on the run. Brit Noir dates back to the brutal, heady days of Get Carter and has never gone out of fashion. Nick Triplow has documented the life of Jack Carter’s creator Ted Lewis and the Brit Noir phenomenon. He is joined by two authors whose novels ably carry on this rich tradition. Harry Brett’s Red Hot Front…

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Bloody Scotland Crime Writers Football Match: Scotland v England

Saturday 22nd September from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm BST
Cowanes Hospital Bowling Green, 49 St John Street
Stirling, FK8 1ED
Free

The crime writers of Scotland and England will take to the hallowed turf of Cowane’s Hospital bowling green once more to compete for The Bloody Cup. Scotland triumphed in 2017 with a storming 6–3 victory, sending Mark Billingham’s men homeward to think again. The word is that they have thought and they’re coming back hell-bent on revenge. Final line-ups will, as ever, depend on fitness and deadlines but are set to include Chris Brookmyre, Craig Robertson and Doug Johnstone for…

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Stuart MacBride

Saturday 22nd September from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

He’s the multiple Sunday Times number one bestseller. He’s the former World Stovies Champion. He’s the man who brought mayhem to the streets of Aberdeen. He’s the beard to be feared. He’s Stuart MacBride. Stuart’s latest novel, The Blood Road, sees the return of Logan McRae in a much-anticipated new thriller. When a fellow officer turns up dead in the driver’s seat of a crashed car, it’s a shock to everyone – not least because he’d died two years earlier.…

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Alex Gray’s New Crimes: Alan Parks, Olivia Kiernan, Olga Wojtas and Amer Anwar

Saturday 22nd September from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
£7 – £8

Bloody Scotland co-founder and bestseller Alex Gray introduces four of the hottest debuts of the year. Alan Parks is the author of Bloody January, a gritty tale of Glasgow’s underbelly in the 1970s which has drawn praise from leading writers. In Olivia Kiernan’s darkly compelling Too Close to Breathe, DCS Frankie Sheehan hunts a killer who likes to play dead. Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar is a time travelling romp of murder, mayhem and manners by Olga Wojtas.…

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Family secrets: Ruth Ware, Mel McGrath and Caroline Mitchell

Saturday 22nd September from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
£8 – £9

You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family – a truism that could have deadly consequences in these psychological thrillers. Ruth Ware rocketed to international success on both sides of the Atlantic with In a Dark, Dark Wood. Her latest novel The Death of Mrs Westaway is a chilling tale of deception and secrets that are worth killing for. Would you take in the child you never knew your husband had? After her mother is found murdered?…

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The Kiwis are coming! Fiona Sussman, Paul Cleave, Denise Mina and Liam McIlvanney

Saturday 22nd September from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
£8 – £9

Bloody Scotland is delighted to welcome Fiona Sussman, the winner of the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award, New Zealand’s top crime fiction honour, for her novel The Last Time We Spoke. Fellow Kiwi Paul Cleave is a three-time winner of the Ngaio Marsh and his latest novel is A Killer Harvest. In return, the 2017 McIlvanney Prize winner Denise Mina is appearing at WORD in Christchurch in August and will report back from her time there. Scotland’s own Liam McIlvanney lives…

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Ambrose Parry

Saturday 22nd September from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

Ambrose who? Worry not. The newest kid on the block is, in fact, born of crime writing royalty. Parry is the pseudonym of Chris Brookmyre and his wife Dr Marisa Haetzman, a consultant anaesthetist. They have combined their considerable talents to produce The Way of All Flesh, a riveting tale of medicine and murder on the streets of 1840s Edinburgh. Join Chris and Marisa as they introduce us to Will Raven and Sarah Fisher who have to weave their way…

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Around the world in 80 deaths: Joe Thomas, DB John and Henry Porter

Saturday 22nd September from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
£7 – £8

Take a bloody spin around the globe in the company of three far-travelled crime writers. Joe Thomas lived and taught in Sao Paulo for ten years. He has written two novels, Paradise City and Gringa, set in Brazil’s most populous city, taking readers to its dense, dysfunctional heart. DB John is the author of the electrifying Star of the North, a tense thriller centred on looming conflict between the USA and North Korea. Equally timely is Firefly, Henry Porter’s explosive…

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Local crimes for local people: Neil Broadfoot, Margaret Kirk, Hania Allen and Charles E McGarry

Saturday 22nd September from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
£7 – £8

Meet four authors who have chosen to set their tales of dark and grisly deeds away from the traditional crime fiction killing fields of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Bloody Scotland’s own home city of Stirling is the location for Neil Broadfoot’s No Man’s Land which opens with a mutilated body dumped at Cowane’s Hospital. In Margaret Kirk’s Shadow Man, two seemingly unrelated murders disturb the highland calm on either side of Inverness. Hania Allen’s The Polish Detective takes place on the…

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Peter James

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

One of the world’s leading crime writers makes a welcome and long-awaited return to Bloody Scotland. Peter James has had 13 consecutive Sunday Times number ones, sold 18 million copies worldwide and been published in 37 languages. His much-loved Roy Grace novels have been a phenomenal success story. Peter’s latest novel Dead If You Don’t, the fourteenth in the Grace series, sees the detective take charge when a businessman and gambler’s teenage son is kidnapped. The case drags Grace deep…

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21st Century spies: Mick Herron, Kevin Wignall and Matthew Richardson

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

Join three authors who are taking the espionage thriller into ever-changing territory. Mick Herron has won an armful of awards for his brilliant Jackson Lamb series featuring the ‘slow horses’ of the Slough House unit. The latest, London Rules, may be the best yet. Kevin Wignall’s sixth and latest novel, To Die in Vienna – featuring spy for hire Freddie Makin – is soon to be made into a major movie starring Hollywood A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal. Matthew Richardson’s twisty debut…

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Come hell or high concept: Doug Johnstone, Gordon Brown, Malcolm Mackay and Will Carver

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

There are books that are brave enough to go beyond what you expect from a crime novel. Try a volcano in the Firth of Forth in a near-future Edinburgh; a man whose mere presence can turn people’s darkest thoughts into action; murder in a reimagined Scotland which remained independent after 1707; and a form of marriage counselling based on one crossed wire, three dead bodies and six bottles of bleach. Doug Johnstone, Gordon Brown, Malcolm Mackay and Will Carver are…

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MC Beaton with Ashley Jensen

Saturday 22nd September from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

MC Beaton’s much-loved Agatha Raisin novels about the PR guru turned amateur sleuth has delighted a legion of readers. Marion has now written an incredible 28 Agatha books and they have, of course, formed the basis of the TV series starring Scotland’s own Ashley Jensen, who will be joining Marion on stage at this event. We are bringing page and screen together for what is sure to be a fun and fascinating event.

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The Quiz: master criminals and masterminds

Saturday 22nd September from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
£8 – £9

Val McDermid and Mark Billingham will captain two universally challenged teams of crime writers as they do battle for the most pointless trophy in the business. There will be questions, there will be miming, there may be pipers or kazoos. There will be laughs. There will definitely be laughs. Quizmaster Craig Robertson will don his Bamber Gascoigne wig and do his best to maintain order or at least keep eye gouging to a minimum. Sponsored by The Crime Vault.

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Two Crime Writers and a Microphone with guests Val McDermid, Stuart Neville, Chris Brookmyre, Abir Mukherjee, Denise Mina, Mark Billingham, Sarah Pinborough and Will Dean

Saturday 22nd September from 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

The surprise smash hit of Bloody Scotland 2017 returns with a bang. Last year, Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste attracted such a crowd to the live recording of their hit TCW&aM podcast that people were queuing outside the Golden Lion and down King Street. This time we’ve given them the big stage at the Albert Halls. Their stunning line up of special guests will include Val McDermid, Stuart Neville, Chris Brookmyre, Abir Mukherjee, Denise Mina, Mark Billingham, Sarah Pinborough and…

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Crime writing is a series business: David Mark, Fiona Cummins and Robert Scragg

Saturday 22nd September from 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
£7 – £8

We all love a great crime fiction series that we can rely on to thrill and entertain us. Think John Rebus, Tom Thorne, Kay Scarpetta or Kinsey Millhone. But how do you keep it fresh? Meet three authors who have taken up the challenge with terrific results. David Mark has written seven books in his acclaimed DS Aector McAvoy series set in Hull, the latest of which is Scorched Earth. The Collector is the second chilling outing for DS Etta…

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London Calling: James Oswald, Ed James and Lesley Kelly

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

The streets of old London town are not so much paved with gold but with blood by the time these three authors are finished with them. All three have forsaken their usual Scottish beat to head south for their latest books. James Oswald introduces us to a new lead character, DC Constance Fairchild who has to find the killer of her executed boss in the terrifying No Time to Cry. The fourth instalment in Ed James’s bestselling DI Fenchurch series…

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Crime at the Coo [SOLD OUT]

Saturday 22nd September from 9:00 pm - Sunday 23rd September from 3:00 am BST
Curly Coo, 51 Barnton Street
Stirling, FK8 1HH United Kingdom
£9 – £10

An evening of song, poetry, laughter, whisky and beer, being entertained by the best crime writers in the business. Craig Robertson is your host in The Curly Coo Bar on Barnton Street for a crowded house of carousing that will go on into the wee sma’ hours or until the last guitar string breaks, whichever comes first. It’s the hottest ticket at the festival so get in before they’re gone.

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Pitch Perfect

Sunday 23rd September from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
£7 – £8

Our annual search for the next big thing in crime writing has already uncovered the likes of Joseph Knox, Matt Wesolowski and Steph Broadribb, who have all gone on to secure publishing deals and major success. Who will emerge triumphant this year after pitching their big idea to a panel of industry experts? This year the panel is chaired by literary agent Jenny Brown and includes Karen Sullivan (Orenda Books), Phil Patterson (Marjaq Scripts), Karen Robinson (The Times and Sunday…

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Adios, Auf Weidersehen, Arrivederci, Au revoir: Teresa Solana, Simone Buchholz, Sandrone Dazieri, and Graeme Macrae Burnet

Sunday 23rd September from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
£8 – £9

As Britain prepares to wave a tearful goodbye to the rest of Europe in 2019, we say our own farewells to the continent’s crime writers and ask what happens next. Teresa Solana is Barcelona’s bestselling crime writer. Her latest work is The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories. Blue Night is the first novel in English from award-winning German author Simone Buchholz. Kill the Angel is the follow up to the UK hit Kill the Father by leading Italian…

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Two lives lived in death: Professor Sue Black and Dr Richard Shepherd

Sunday 23rd September from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

Professor Sue Black and Dr Richard Shepherd don’t have what you might call routine nine to five jobs. Unless you consider it normal to spend your working day in burial sites or scenes of violence and murder. Professor Black is one of the world’s leading anatomists and forensic anthropologists. She investigated war crimes in Kosovo and identified bodies following the Indian Ocean tsunami. Her new book, All That Remains details a fascinating career. Dr Shepherd is the UK’s leading forensic…

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Time’s Up for violence against women: Sophie Hannah, Alexandra Sokoloff and Jo Jakeman

Sunday 23rd September from 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
£8 – £9

The thorny subject of violence against women in crime fiction and in society is one that won’t go away and shouldn’t be ignored. The heart of the debate is whether crime novels have a responsibility to avoid violence against women and girls or should tackle the subject head-on, seeking a solution. Three articulate, outspoken and irrepressible voices will bring both heat and light to the issue. International bestsellers Sophie Hannah and Alexandra Sokoloff, along with acclaimed debut author Jo Jakeman,…

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The Reykjavik Connections: Ragnar Jonasson, Lilja Sigurdardottir and Simon Cox [SOLD OUT]

Sunday 23rd September from 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
£7 – £8

The people of Iceland will forever be grateful that the nation’s murder rate will never get near that portrayed by its celebrated crime writers. But where do the lines of fact and fiction blur? Ragnar Jonasson has become an international sensation since first making his Bloody Scotland debut in 2014. His latest novel is Darkness. Lilja Sigurdardottir has stormed onto Iceland’s crime fiction landscape with her much-praised debut Snare. Simon Cox is the author of The Reykjavik Confessions, the incredible…

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Quintin Jardine and Denzil Meyrick

Sunday 23rd September from 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

Meet the authors behind two of the most successful police procedural series on the shelves. Quintin Jardine’s Bob Skinner has risen through the ranks from beat bobby to Chief Constable, entertaining us every step of the way. His latest outing in A Brush With Death, sees the now retired Skinner called back into action when a millionaire ex-boxer is found poisoned. Denzil Meyrick’s DCI Jim Daley is outranked by Skinner but is punching way above his weight. The sixth book…

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Breaking barriers: Abir Mukherjee, AA Dhand, Sanjida Kay and Lilja Sigurdardottir

Sunday 23rd September from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
£7 – £8

Join four crime writers who had to break through some of publishing’s glass walls and ceilings to get their bestselling and award-winning novels into print. As Bloody Scotland launches a prize with Harvil Secker for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic authors, we ask Abir Mukherjee, AA Dhand, Sanjida Kay and Lilja Sigurdardottir what challenges they faced in smashing through barriers of race, gender, class and sexual orientation. The results are clear and satisfying – indisputably superb crime writing – but…

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Ann Cleeves and Louise Penny

Sunday 23rd September from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

Your Sunday afternoon delight is an audience with two of crime fiction’s most charming and successful authors. With 36 novels between them, a room full of awards and twin armies of devoted fans, Ann Cleeves and Louise Penny are at the top of the tree. Louise was born and raised in Toronto and is Canada’s leading crime writer with a string of number one bestsellers behind her. Her latest novel is Glass Houses. The eighth and final book in Ann’s…

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Word of mouth, page by page: Sarah Pinborough, Jo Spain and Elly Griffiths

Sunday 23rd September from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
£8 – £9

Meet three of the hottest writers in the genre right now, whose books rocketed up the bestseller charts as word of mouth made them huge hits. Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes went viral when word spread of THAT mind-bending twist. She has followed that with the explosive Cross Her Heart. Jo Spain’s The Confession follows the aftermath of an unspeakably brutal attack on disgraced banker Harry McNamara. None other than Val McDermid says her favourite crime series is Elly Griffiths’…

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Crime that goes bump in the night: Luca Veste, CJ Tudor and Alison Belsham

Sunday 23rd September from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
Allan Park South Church, Dumbarton Road
Stirling, FK8 2LQ
£7 – £8

There’s sometimes a fine line – usually drawn in blood – between the crime and horror genres. Some authors are scared to step over that line for fear of what might happen next. But these three writers are frightened of nothing except their own terrifying imaginations. Luca Veste’s The Bone Keeper is a spine-chilling tale of a children’s urban myth come to life. Or is it? CJ Tudor also bends childhood fears into reality in The Chalk Man, while Alison…

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The Crimes and Misdemeanours of Muriel Spark: Louise Welsh, Zoe Strachan and Alan Taylor

Sunday 23rd September from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
£8 – £9

She’s best known as being the creator of Miss Jean Brodie, but one of Scotland’s greatest writers had a darker side. We are marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Muriel Spark by exploring her many novels in search of the clues that may define her as one of the real progenitors of Tartan Noir. After all, she is credited by a certain Ian Rankin as being his main inspiration. Taking a walk on Dame Muriel’s wild side will…

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The Real CSI: Mark Billingham, Martyn Waites with Kate Bendelow

Sunday 23rd September from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

Kate Bendelow is the author of The Real CSI: A Forensic Handbook For Crime Writers – and that might just be bad news for Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites. Our pair of bestselling authors are bravely putting their books and their hard-earned reputations on the line by allowing Kate to forensically (ahem) examine them for accuracy. Do they know their entomology from their tox reports, can they tell the difference between luminol and the DI’s packed lunch? The books under…

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Carry On Sleuthing – Murder at the Knickerage: Caro Ramsay, Theresa Talbot, Michael J. Malone and Douglas Skelton

Sunday 23rd September from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST
The Golden Lion Hotel – Ballroom, 8-10 King Street
Stirling, FK8 1DQ United Kingdom
£8 – £9

Prepare to cringe, groan and giggle – and most probably titter – at the biggest extravaganza of euphemisms since Sid James was pinged to the great knicker elastic factory in the sky. Underwear magnate Silas Bouncé is found dead and ace sleuth Letitia Luvibod must track his killer down – and YOU can help! Wade through the jokes to find the clues – and the killer. Join crime writers Caro Ramsay, Theresa Talbot, Michael J. Malone, Douglas Skelton and special…

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Irvine Welsh

Sunday 23rd September from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm BST
Albert Halls, Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,
Stirling, Scotland FK8 2QL United Kingdom
£9 – £10

Yes, THE Irvine Welsh. Is he a crime writer? Well, put it this way, we’re not going to argue with him. But with titles like Crime, The Blade Artist and Filth, with subject matter like drugs, theft, murder, brutal violence and corrupt cops… we think he qualifies in spades. His latest book, Dead Men’s Trousers, reunites legions of fans with four old friends named Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud. You may have heard of them from a novel called…

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