Bloody Scotland are delighted to announce the programme for their 6th festival in historic Stirling, featuring a truly international line up of some of the biggest and most exciting names in crime fiction.
The weekend kicks off in the grandest style with a gala opening in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle with the launch of a Bloody Scotland short story anthology, the award of the McIlvanney Prize and a stunning torchlight precession from the castle to the Albert Halls. It is, of course, a castle fir for royalty and luckily we have just that in Ian Rankin and Val McDermid, the king and queen of Scottish crime, who both celebrate 30 year anniversaries with special events,
Other leading authors on the programme include the fabulous Lynda LaPlante, Chris Brookmyre, Peter May, Karen Rose, Mark Billingham, Chris Carter and Ann Cleeves. There are also familiar names such as actor Douglas Henshall, politician Vince Cable and deputy chief constable of Scotland, Iain Livingstone.
There is a quiz, a play, forensics, the Scotland-England crime writers football match, a late-night gig from the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a live podcast and Crime at the Coo. There continues to be a discount for local residents, tickets for the unemployed and this year we have improved disabled access and are providing a mini-bus between venues for those that need it.
For a full list of all events taking place during the festival click here.