Festival profile: Bloody Scotland

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bloody scotland

Bloody Scotland is Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival and takes place each September in the historic Old Town of Stirling.

Scottish crime writing is regarded as some of the best in the world and the festival was established to celebrate it in all its forms, as well as showcasing some great international writers. Crime fiction is the most popular genre in the country and audiences travel from far and wide to see their favourite authors.

Over the last three years Bloody Scotland has showcased the best in international and Scottish crime writing, presenting events with leading authors such as Ian Rankin, Jo Nesbø, Kathy Reichs, Lee Child, Arne Dahl, Val McDermid and William McIlvanney. 

Taking advantage of the fantastic places and spaces in Stirling, the festival often presents events in unusual venues to allow the audience to get out and explore. Venues and authors for 2015 are still to be announced but organisers are working hard to confirm a fantastic event.

The full 2015 programme will be announced on Wednesday 3 June 2015 at  www.bloodyscotland.com

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Killer Crime Festival 2015

Category: News

Killer Crime Festival 2015 #killerfest15


We’ve been keeping this a secret for a while but now we can finally share the news with you! KillerReads (that’s us!) and Waterstones are hosting the first Killer Crime Festival–the only combined virtual and traditional literary festival in the UK.

The inaugural Killer Crime Festival will take place Friday the 13th (oh yes we did) and Saturday the 14th of March. #KILLERFEST15 will incorporate live events in Waterstones around the UK and an online festival programme organised by us here at KillerReads and HarperCollins.

Focussed on crime fiction, the Waterstones shops live events will feature authors including Simon Toyne in Brighton, Lin Anderson in Inverness, Ian Sansom in Exeter and a flagship event at Waterstones Piccadilly–details on that one to be announced shortly!

Back at our home (the internet), we’ll be running virtual events across Twitter, Facebook and here on the blog. And we just might be lining up some pretty stellar Google Hangouts with your favourite crime and thriller authors 😉

We are set to deliver a brilliant crime fiction festival with one overarching aim in mind: to connect the best crime authors to readers and fans. Inclusivity is at the heart of the festival; all events open to the public and to all UK publishers.

Waterstones Crime Buyer Joseph Knobbs sums it up best:

‘We want to put a magnifying glass over
some of the best crime writing out there.’


Want to get involved? The virtual elements of festival are free to attend! To get more details on the programmes and register for the Killer Crime Festival, click here.

If you’re a crime author/publisher, contact Steven Cooper for live events & Sam Missingham for virtual.

Our hashtag for the event is #KILLERFEST15 so be sure to include that in your tweets, tumbls, Instas and elsewise! We’ll have regular updates going out on the KillerReads Twitter and Facebook in the run up to the festival. Whether online or in your local Waterstones, we can’t wait to see you there for #KILLERFEST15!

Agatha Christie Festival 2013

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Last month Laura, our Agatha Christie Brand Manager, expert and all-round Christie fan, attended the Agatha Christie Festival! Here’s Laura’s roundup of what took place…

The international bestselling crime writer, Sophie Hannah, who is to write a new Agatha Christie novel, appeared at the famous Agatha Christie Festival this year.

Discussing Christie’s legacy and the new project with Sophie were Mathew Prichard (Agatha Christie’s grandson), David Brawn (HarperCollins) and John Curran (author Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks).

Sophie Hannah and Mathew Pritchard at the Agatha Christie Festival

The panel discussed extensively the new novel which will feature Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective who Agatha Christie introduced to the world in her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920. Written with the full backing of the family, this is going to be the first ever Agatha Christie continuation novel.

The panel explained the reasons behind the decision to authorise a new novel and Sophie Hannah gave a few tantalising hints into the setting and the characters within the new mystery which will be published in September 2014.

Mathew spoke about the importance of creating a new publishing event to bring Agatha Christie to a new generation of readers. The theatre adaptation of The Mousetrap is for him a continuous reminder of his grandmother’s legacy, but when 2 years ago he found out that David Suchet was going to film the last four Poirot movies he felt it was the end of an era. This gave him the idea to find other avenues to keep Agatha Christie’s content relevant to new fans.

Simon Brett Kate Moss and David Brawn discussing Christie legacy

A different panel with Simon Brett, Kate Moss and David Brawn focused on Agatha Christie’s legacy on contemporary crime writers and authors in general. Kate Moss defined Agatha ‘the very first author that was mine’. And Simon Brett, talking about Sophie Hannah’s new Poirot said: ‘I envy her, but I can’t think of anyone who could do it better’.

– Laura, HarperFiction