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Launch of Bloody Scotland Wednesday 4 June 2014 the tollbooth stirling

Ian Rankin, Christopher Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Peter May and Alanna Knight are among the Scottish authors who will be appearing at the third annual festival which runs from September 19th to the 21st. International visitors include Kathy Reichs, America’s “reigning queen” of forensic fiction and there will be a special focus on contemporary Icelandic crime fiction featuring Ragnar Jonasson, Quentin Bates and Yrsa Siguroardottir.

This year’s event will also feature special events designed to take readers off the page and into the heart of the action, including a true crime dramatisation at Stirling Sheriff Court and a medieval murder mystery at Stirling Castle. Other special events are a dramatisation of the trial of Peter Manuel, the “Beast of Birkenshaw”, also known as Scotland’s first serial killer. Where The audience will play jury in this “chilling” piece of true crime theatre at Stirling Sheriff Court. Scotland will also take on England at crime writers’ football while William McIlvanney and Tom Devine will take part in the final Sunday Herald Independence Debate, the day after the results of Scotland’s independence referendum are announced. And there will also be a mystery crime film screening in the depths of Stirling’s Old Town Jail and the announcement of the 2014 winner of the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award.

Audiences will hear from actor-turned-crime novelist John Gordon Sinclair while Tony Parsons will talk about his first foray into the world of crime writing. David Hewson will also be talking about his “novelisation” of Danish TV series The Killing while Sophie Hannah will discuss the challenges of resurrecting an iconic character like Hercule Piorot




For more information and news,how to book tickets and the festival brochure go to the website at

Here are some photos provided by Eoin Carey of some of the Leading crime authors attending the festival in September at the Old Town Jail in Stirling to help launch the 2014 Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival.





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