News and Announcements

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….

Writing Orkney

25th August, 2016

The latest blog from The Booktrail: Mention Orkney and what do you think of? Mysterious islands with an ethereal quality to them? A mist swirling around the bare trees and…

Graeme Macrae Burnet’s favourite Euro-noir novels

24th August, 2016

I’ve often been asked why I chose to set my first novel The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau in the nondescript French town of Saint-Louis. The answer is quite simple: the…

Writing in Exile

18th August, 2016

The latest blog from The Booktrail: Out of all the Bloody Scotland panels taking place this year, the title of this panel really excited me. It isn’t about writers banished…