Harassment and code of conduct policy

Bloody Scotland brings together thousands of crime writers and readers from across the country and the world, every September, in venues across Stirling’s centre. Often praised for being one of the most welcoming and friendly festivals, we strive to maintain this atmosphere and to make Bloody Scotland a safe and comfortable experience for all.

Bloody Scotland has a zero-tolerance policy towards any harassment, abuse, or discrimination against any attendees whether they are authors, audiences, staff or volunteers. We welcome all visitors regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, class or age.

Harassment is considered to be offensive behaviour that can be perceived as personally threatening, either explicitly or suggestively. Behaviour that purposefully makes someone uncomfortable, threatened, or in danger is also considered to be harassment. This applies to verbal and written comments. This can be: unwanted sexual or violent approaches or comments, unwanted physical contact, stalking, following, racial slurs, homophobic or transphobic comments, photography, video or audio recording without consent, and coercion of any kind.

Any attendee seen to be doing any of the above during Bloody Scotland will be asked to stop and cooperate immediately. This applies to all spaces during Bloody Scotland including venues, cafes, queues, book signings, green rooms, staff rooms, hotels, bars, restaurants and any area where a Bloody Scotland event is being held.

This also applies to the Bloody Scotland website, social media, email, and any other digital communications. Any content that is directed at any staff or attendees of Bloody Scotland online that is abusive, offensive or threatening will be reported to the appropriate platform and blocked. If the harassment is of serious nature, it will be reported to the police.

If, during the festival, you witness harassment, please notify your nearest Bloody Scotland member of staff or hotel/bar staff as appropriate or call the police in the event of severe or urgent harassment (such as immediate physical danger). Bloody Scotland’s staff and volunteers reserve the right to address any such behaviour that is in violation of this policy in any way they deem appropriate, which may include police reporting and/or escorting off the premises.

We have put this policy in place to ensure the comfort and enjoyment of Bloody Scotland for all attendees. We look forward to welcoming you, safely, and warmly, to Bloody Scotland this year.