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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Bloody Scotland on Tour

Bloody Scotland Panel - Val McDermid, Professor Sue Black (forensic anthropologist), and Stuart MacBride

Just in case you’re wondering, it’s Scottish Book Week, and Bloody Scotland is going on tour. If you don’t know what Bloody Scotland is, then it’s time you did. You see, Bloody Scotland is a crime festival that is held in Stirling every September. It’s been going for two years now, and was the brain child of Alex Gray and Lin Anderson, both of them well-known and best-selling crime authors. After thinking up the original idea of holding a crime festival in Scotland they were joined by crime authors, agents and promoters to form a committee to take the idea forward. The result was the highly successful Bloody Scotland.

Readers and writers travel from all corners of the globe to attend the festival and the tickets have been a sell out for both of the years it has been held. If you are thinking of coming along in 2014, I’d advise you book early. And if you do attend then you’re in for a treat because all the big names are there to entertain you. This year we numbered Lee Child, Jo Nesbo, and Christopher Brookmyre. Regular supporters of the festival include Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, and Stuart MacBride. There are many more, most of them well known crime authors, and the majority of them best-sellers.

Well, that’s enough about what Bloody Scotland is, and if you want to know more pop onto the website and check it out. Here is the link.

So, this year, for the first time, Bloody Scotland is going on tour. Here is the link for the tour programme. There are loads of treats at all sorts of venues, and a lot of best-selling crime authors appearing. Check the programme for details. But the thing I really wanted to share with you is that I will be part of a panel of authors appearing at the Steps Theatre in Dundee, on Monday 25th November, from 7pm to 8.30pm. The panel members will be Gillian Galbraith, Chris Longmuir (me), Gordon Brown, and Will Jordan. It’s going to be a great evening, so if you’re anywhere near Dundee on Monday why don’t you pop along to the Steps Theatre and join us in, what I hope will be, a lively session.

 Chris Longmuir