The schedule for the 10th anniversary of the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival has been announced

The program for this year’s 10th Stirling Bloody Scotland Crime Festival was announced last week.

Organizers will welcome Sir Ian Rankin, Anthony Horowitz, Lisa Unger, Jeffrey Archer, Ann Cleeves and Frankie Boyle to the city in September.

There will also be award-winning author Alex Gray’s New Crimes Panel, as well as debut authors appearing at various events throughout the program, and twenty new authors, Spotlight, taking the stage before established names.

Alan Bett, Head of Literature and Publishing at Creative Scotland, who help fund the event, said: “In the decade since Bloody Scotland launched their first festival, there has been a lot going on in terms of Scottish crime fiction and literary festivals in general much changed.

“Not only is this 10th anniversary program the largest, it also includes a hybrid model, meaning a wider audience can engage with authors either on stage or screen.

“Bloody Scotland continues to promote the hugely popular genre of Scottish crime fiction around the world, while connecting Scottish readers to the works of both new and well-loved authors.”

The festival’s dramatic torchlight procession through Stirling’s Old Town resumes this year for the first time since the days before the pandemic in 2019. It is led by the whistles and drums of the Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band.

Scotland will take on England in the crime writers football game at the new venue King’s Park.

The Crime at the Coo cabaret also continues, with a number of crime writers showing off their musical talent.

And those who can’t make it to Stirling can buy digital passes for individual events or the whole weekend.

Val McDermid, David Baldacci, Sara Paretsky, Donna Leon and Irvine Welsh will all be attending the festival for digital sessions.

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James Crawford, Chairman of Bloody Scotland, said: “It’s fantastic to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the festival with a packed, four day program of in-person events – alongside a brilliant selection of digital offerings – featuring the very best crime fiction has to offer. Bloody Scotland was founded a decade ago to put crime fiction in the spotlight and help educate a whole new generation of writers.

“Debut authors have always been central to this and the vibrant community that has grown around the festival. Along with the excitement of seeing familiar faces comes the thrill of finding your new favorite author.

“Bloody Scotland 2022 is a festival of opportunity and discovery.”

Stirling Council leader Chris Kane added: “The fact that Bloody Scotland is now celebrating its 10th anniversary is a welcome further development of the storyline for a festival that has grown into one of Stirling’s most popular events.”

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