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
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
Doug Johnstone - Breakers Published by Orenda, paperback £8.99. I received a free proof copy from the publisher for review purposes. Much of Doug Johnstone’s work falls into two camps: action-packed (Smokeheads, Crash Land) or psychologically powerful (Gone Again, The Jump). Last year’s Fault Lines saw him weld these strands together and in Breakers he … Continue reading Review: Breakers
Manda Scott - A Treachery Of Spies Edition read: Corgi paperback, £8.99 I bought this new in paperback. We open with violence in Paris in 1942, and a voice: “You may die here in darkness if you so desire, but I have come to offer you a proposition.” Then we move swiftly south to Orléans … Continue reading Review: A Treachery Of Spies
Torchlight procession Liam McIlvanney Fun Lovin' Crime Writers Crime writers ready to march on Stirling - Bloody Scotland 2018 preview Though a small nation, Scotland has a giant-sized love of books and storytelling. It's also apparently a bloodthirsty country, as a large number of its many book festivals are dedicated to crime fiction, with new … Continue reading Feature: Bloody Scotland 2018
Various authors - Bloody Scotland Published by Historic Environment Scotland, paperback £8.99. I received a free proof copy of the hardback edition (HES, £12.99) for review purposes. To celebrate its sixth birthday, the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival produced this anthology in association with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) as part of Scotland’s Year of History, … Continue reading Review: Bloody Scotland anthology