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Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival has confirmed that, thanks to generous funding from Creative Scotland, the 2021 Festival will be going ahead in hybrid form, with all events available both in-person and online...

Press Release

With huge names beamed on to large screens in Stirling and equally huge names from closer to home appearing on stage alongside exciting new names in crime fiction, the Festival is set to run events from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th September. As usual, the opening night will be marked with the presentation of the McIlvanney Prize* and the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize**. The Bloody Scotland organisers are also delighted to welcome back a live audience and all events will take place with the safety of authors and readers in mind. For those who don’t feel ready to venture out or who can’t get to the festival locations in Stirling, all events will be available on-line.

Festival Director, Bob McDevitt said, ‘We are hugely grateful to Creative Scotland for sharing in our vision for an ambitious hybrid festival for 2021. Their funding will allow us to both welcome people back to Stirling and to deliver an extensive programme online for those who can’t make it this year’

Katalina Watt, Literature Officer at Creative Scotland, added, ‘Scottish crime writing is a beloved and globally renowned literary export, and it’s heartening to see that with the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s enticing programme can offer in-person events in Stirling, alongside a host of digital offerings. Creative Scotland is delighted to support the festival once more in bringing the diverse plethora of Scottish crime writing voices, both emerging and established, to a wide audience within Scotland and beyond.’

The full programme will be revealed on Wednesday 18th August and tickets will go on sale at 12 noon that day. Full details of all events, and how to book tickets for both watching on-line and in-person will be available at

Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival receives funding from Creative Scotland, Stirling Council, Visit Scotland and the Culture & Business Fund Scotland and is extremely grateful to them and their other sponsors The Glencairn Glass, H W Fisher, Open University Scotland, Go Forth Stirling and individual publishers for their ongoing support during these challenging times.

* The McIlvanney Prize Longlist for this year is as follows:

The Cut, Chris Brookmyre (Little,Brown)
The Silent Daughter, Emma Christie (Wellbeck)
Before the Storm, Alex Gray (Little, Brown)
Dead Man’s Grave, Neil Lancaster (HarperCollins, HQ)
The Coffinmaker’s Garden, Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
Still Life, Val McDermid (Little,Brown)
Bad Debt, William McIntyre (Sandstone)
The Less Dead, Denise Mina (Vintage)
How To Survive Everything, Ewan Morrison (Saraband)
Edge of the Grave, Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
The April Dead, Alan Parks (Canongate)
Hyde, Craig Russell (Constable)
Waking the Tiger, Mark Wightman (Hobeck Books)

** The Scottish Crime Debut Prize Shortlist for this year is:

The Silent Daughter by Emma Christie (Wellbeck)
No Harm Done by Alistair Liddle (Self Published)
Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
Waking the Tiger by Mark Wightman (Hobeck Books)

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