Programming Bloody Scotland is great fun and the committee always strive to give a distinctive Scottish air to the proceedings. After all we are called Bloody Scotland.
Cue, a crime quiz that involves bagpipes, a bit of a ceilidh where crime writers perform, but not as you know them. Val McDermid, Alex Gray and I will be doing just that at Crime at the Coo.
We have drama (and that’s not just from the writers) in the form of an Inspector Faro play by Alanna Knight, where her Victorian deer stalker detective will played by non other than Stuart MacBride.
There is of course the Scotland versus England crime writers five a side football match, where the Scots are captained by Ian Rankin … a light-hearted affair (not!). There is a trophy to be won after all.
Forensic Science scores high on the list of must-sees with the professionals getting together with the fiction writers. Professor Lorna Dawson whose soil forensic knowledge helped convict the World’s End murderer, appears with me on a fictional Orkney case where soil forensics tracks down the killer Digging up the Bodies.
If you like to talk pathology then Talking to the Dead starring Dr Marjorie Turner and Dr James Grieve with Alex Gray is the one for you, and thirdly Craig Robertson introduces forensic psychology professor Graham Pike who will find out how good a witness you would make in Witness the Dead.
The bar at the Golden Lion is the place to meet your favourite writers when they’re not on stage. And what a line up we have for you. Opening with Stuart MacBride and Caro Ramsay, via Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Val McDermid, Nicci French, Peter Robinson, Martina Cole, MC Beaton to name but a few, and the grand finale – Edinburgh’s finest, Ian Rankin and Quintin Jardine.
Check out the programme and see what I’ve failed to mention, because I’ve run out of time…
Must get packed for Bloody Scotland!
Giving it Five for Bloody Scotland in Stirling
Happiness is a Festival called Bloody Scotland