News and Announcements

McIlvanney Prize 2017 Longlist Announced

20th June, 2017

We’re pleased to announce the 12-strong McIlvanney Prize Scottish Crime Book of the Year longlist for 2017! Those up for the £1,000 prize include:   Lin Anderson – None But…

Debut: a new crime writing podcast

20th June, 2017

A new podcast series exploring a debut crime author’s dramatic 14-year journey to publication is being released today. Debut: A Crime Writer’s Journey from the Bedroom to the Bookshelf tells…

Bloody Scotland 2017 programme

1st June, 2017

You’ve been waiting patiently and we can finally reveal the programme for Bloody Scotland 2017! We welcome back popular favourites Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Denise Mina and last year’s McIlvanney…

McIlvanney Prize 2017 judges!

12th April, 2017

We’re excited to reveal the McIlvanney Prize 2017 judges as Susan Calman and Craig Sisterson, chaired by Lee Randall. Susan said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be on the judging panel…

Tartan Noir in Kolkata

21st February, 2017

This month crime writers Lin Anderson and Doug Johnstone with Bloody Scotland chair Jenny Brown travelled to Kolkata to take part in the Literature Festival. We met writers, talked about…

Chris Brookmyre wins McIlvanney Prize 2016

9th September, 2016

The late, great William McIlvanney described Bloody Scotland, which opens this evening, as the most ‘friendly‘ and ‘supportive’ festival he had ever been to. Bloody Scotland 2016 is dedicated in…

B is for Bloody Scotland

8th September, 2016

Bloody Scotland is only one day away and the excitement is bubbling. The Booktrail has been a fixture on this blog for the past six weeks and what a journey…

Crime in the Spotlight 2016 (part two)

7th September, 2016

Every year Bloody Scotland supports new writers by pairing established authors with ‘support’ acts just starting out on their career – Crime in the Spotlight. Last year, Jake Kerridge, crime fiction…

Douglas Skelton’s Top 5 Crime Films

7th September, 2016

McIlvanney Prize longlister Douglas Skelton wrote a blog for us about his top 5 crime films. How often have you heard, even said, that film just wasn’t as good as…

Crime in the Spotlight 2016 (part one)

6th September, 2016

Every year Bloody Scotland supports new writers by pairing established authors with ‘support’ acts just starting out on their career – Crime in the Spotlight. Last year, Jake Kerridge, crime fiction…

(Not) Born in the USA

1st September, 2016

Two Scotsmen and an Northern Irishman walk into a bar and a certain Bruce Springsteen song is playing on the juke box. The first Scotsman looks a bit Cross so to…

McIlvanney Prize finalists

31st August, 2016

We’re excited to reveal the four finalists of the McIlvanney Prize 2016. Black Widow – Chris Brookmyre The Jump – Doug Johnstone Val McDermid – Splinter the Silence E. S….