Author Neil Broadfoot on the importance of the Bloody Scotland crime fiction festival to him as a writer and a crime fiction fan The Golden Lion welcome... A Bloody Scotland cocktail The torchlight procession... I suppose we should be used to it now. It started with the inevitable cancellation of Newcastle Noir then, like the … Continue reading Exclusive guest post!
1 September, 2020 - The McIlvanney Prize shortlist is announced Today Bloody Scotland unveils the shortlisted authors in contention for the 2020 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year, sponsored by the Glencairn Glass. The shortlist for the 2020 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year:Andrew James Greig, Whirligig (Fledgling)Doug Johnstone, … Continue reading Featurette: McIlvanney shortlist
Bloody Scotland crime fiction festival swaps Stirling for cyberspace in 2020 The Golden Lion, 2019 Torchlight procession, 2019 The Curly Coo Bar, 2019 As was announced a few months ago, due to ongoing coronavirus crisis, Bloody Scotland will not be going ahead as normal in Stirling in September. However, the organisers have created a virtual … Continue reading Feature: Bloody Scotland programme
Ted Lewis - Plender No Exit Press (reissue), paperback £9.99. I bought this title new, direct from the publisher. I’ve been banging on about Ted Lewis, Get Carter (both the 1971 film and the novel, first published as Jack's Return Home) and Nick Triplow’s biography of Lewis and the birth of Brit Noir for several … Continue reading Review: Plender
A crime fiction tour of the UK without leaving the sofa? Yes please! I go to a lot of book festivals and events in the course of a normal year, and see many writers, but in this less-than-normal year I've managed to see Liz Nugent, Lee Child, Val McDermid, Don Winslow and many more all … Continue reading Feature: Online book festivals
A brief round-up of some festival excellence! Cancelled IRL, Lyme Crime found a virtual home this past weekend - now you can relive the mayhem, murder and most interesting chats via the festival's YouTube channel and you'll find the fantastic Noir At The Bar (hosted by Vic Watson and Simon Bewick of VNATB fame), featuring … Continue reading #OnLymeCrime
Author Derek Farrell pops in to talk about life in lockdown, short stories and #OnLymeCrime... I don’t know what’s happening where you are, but I’m sitting in West Sussex in a heatwave that’s got the air feeling like slowly cooked rhubarb - thick and syrupy and almost impossible to suck oxygen from it. And I’m … Continue reading Exclusive guest post!
Festival programmer Lee Randall chats with Denise Mina and Helen FitzGerald about their work Authors and fans are ready to solve a murder or two in Aberdeen - Granite Noir 2020 preview February’s weather is cold, dark and stormy - perfect for curling up with a good book. However, if you’re a crime fiction lover … Continue reading Feature: Granite Noir 2020
The 2019 McIlvanney Prize longlist was one of the strongest I've seen in all the years I've been following it, and I say that having read the majority of it before the list was published, and the rest (bar the two debuts, marked *) since. I mean, just feast your eyes on all that crime … Continue reading Feature PS: Bloody Scotland 2019
Welcome to the festival... The torchlight procession The legendary Curly Coo Entertainment aforethought at Bloody Scotland - preview Scotland has so many book festivals readers are spoiled for choice. But for crime fiction fans, the weekend of 20-22 September is particularly special, as Bloody Scotland arrives in Stirling for the eighth time to bring authors … Continue reading Feature: Bloody Scotland 2019