Festival profile: Bloody Scotland

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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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A Foreign Country WINS Scottish Crime Book of the Year!

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Charles Cumming has been awarded the Scottish Crime Book of the Year, for his latest spy thriller A Foreign Country. The win was announced at the closing of the inaugural Bloody Scotland crime-writing festival in Stirling.


The judges chose A Foreign Country out of 40 entries, with the chair of the panel Sheena McDonald saying that “A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming is far more than a pacy novel with a satisfactory ending. This book is exciting, imaginative and well-written. It doesn’t simply tick the crime-fiction boxes – it’s simply an outstanding novel.”


A delighted Charles Cumming said, “It’s a huge honour to win such a prestigious award in the first year of this fantastic festival.”

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