News and Announcements

Alexander McCall Smith celebrates at Bloody Scotland

3rd May, 2018

Alexander McCall Smith, Scottish writer at his home in Edinburgh, Scotland. 2nd April 2014Picture by Alex Hewitt/Writer Pictures We’re delighted to announce that we will be launching the 2018 programme…

McIlvanney Prize 2017 Winner

8th September, 2017

We’re pleased to announce the Bloody Scotland McIlvanney Prize Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2017 winner to be… Denise Mina’s The Long Drop! Lee Randall, chair of the judges…

The Northern Powerhouse

6th September, 2017

There are some traces of some great literary footsteps in the North East – Ann Cleeves, Mari Hannah and L J Ross who all plot and kill with the stunning…

Opening Gala sold out!

5th September, 2017

The Opening Night Reception is now SOLD OUT! If you have purchased a ticket we look forward to seeing you on Friday in the Great Hall at Stirling Castle at…

Pitch Perfect 2017

5th September, 2017

The class of Pitch Perfect 2017 have been chosen! We’re pleased to welcome: Helen Calder (pitching ‘Singularity’) Mark Wightman (pitching ‘Sleeping in the Tiger’s Lair’) Ajit Panickar (pitching ‘Inspector Chatpati…

Off the Beaten Track

1st September, 2017

Scotland’s darkest deeds aren’t confined to its mean streets in its even meaner cities. Think the Scottish countryside can be a nice place to get some rest and relaxation? Not…

McIlvanney Prize Finalists 2017

29th August, 2017

Congratulations to the five finalists of the 2017 Scottish Crime Book of the Year, the McIlvanney Prize! Judges Lee Randall, Susan Calman and Craig Sisteron had the below to say…

The Dark Lands

21st August, 2017

Scotland is known for its long dark winters, but spare a thought for those living in even colder climes. In Iceland or Norway, the landscape is often more snowy and…

Crime in the Spotlight

15th August, 2017

It’s that time of the year again when we reveal the Crime in the Spotlight-ers! Being selected for ‘Crime in the Spotlight’ is like being asked to be the support…

Location, Location, Location

10th August, 2017

The Book Trail returns as guest blogger this year, with a blog particularly relevant to her expertise – an exploration of our Location, Location, Location event on Saturday 9th September,…

Four Blokes in Search of a Plot…hopefully

2nd August, 2017

So, there’s four crime writers, right? Real wise guys. And they want a plot. A deadly plot. Someone’s going to die. Maybe quite a few people. It won’t be pretty….

Volunteer at Bloody Scotland 2017

22nd July, 2017

Bloody Scotland is seeking enthusiastic, responsible and reliable volunteers to help out at this year’s festival. This is our sixth year and the festival is taking place across Stirling from Friday…