Bloody Scotland 2023

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15 – 17 September, 2023


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Reception will take place  in the splendour of the 600-year-old Church of the Holy Rude with festival guests welcomed in style with a glitzy drinks reception before Bloody Scotland’s  now iconic torchlit procession through Stirling’s historic old town to the Albert Halls. Rub shoulders with your favourite authors, enjoy a glass of something interesting, and get in the mood for the weekend ahead. Then join the massed ranks assembled on the esplanade of Stirling Castle in preparation for a joyous march through the winding streets, flaming torch in hand, following the pipes and drums of the Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band. Who will follow 2022 winner Alan Parks as the recipient of the most coveted prize in Scottish crime writing? This year’s longlisted authors for the award are S.G. Maclean, Craig Russell, Robbie Morrison, Denise Mina, D.V. Bishop, Callum McSorley, Kate Foster, Sir Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Douglas Skelton, Mark Leggatt, and Heather Darwent. The ceremony will also see the presentation of the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year sponsored by The Glencairn Glass. The five shortlisted authors are Fulton Ross, Heather Darwent, Kate Foster, Callum McSorley and Heather Critchlow.  Book tickets

Join us in the splendour of the 600-year-old Church of the Holy Rude as we welcome festival guests in style with a glitzy drinks reception before our now iconic torchlit procession through Stirling’s historic old town to the Albert Halls.  Critchlow.


Nicci French: Our Lives in Crime Writing

Friday 15th September from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Albert Halls, Stirling

£12/ £11 concession

Live on stage in the Albert Halls as part of both our Masterclass and for all festival goers, husband-and-wife writing duo, Nicci Gerrard and Sean French will discuss their 26 years at the forefront of crime fiction. They are known for their page-turning thrillers, including the Frieda Klein series and standalone novels such as The Memory Game and Blue Monday. Their complex characters, psychological insights, and tightly woven plots have seen their books translated into over 30 languages. In the new Nicci French novel, The Favour, a lost love turns up after a decade and a single decision could cost everything.

Grant Morrison and Robbie Morrison, 16 September 6 p.m. Golden Lion Hotel

Bloody Scotland 2023: Grant Morrison and Robbie Morrison

Alex Gray’s New Crimes: Jo Callaghan,Martin Griffin, Fulton Ross and Alex Hay

the darkest goodbye alex gray

Friday 15th September from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Holy Trinity Church, Stirling

£8/ £7 concession

Author Alex Gray presents her choice of the best debuts of the year, four writers with dark deeds in their bright futures. Jo Callaghan’s highly innovative In The Blink of An Eye explores the near future as DCS Kat Frank teams up with an AI partner. In Martin Griffin’s The Second Stranger, a detective and a murderer seek refuge at a remote Scottish hotel – but which is which? A highland policeman must embrace the gift and curse of second sight in Fulton Ross’s haunting The Unforgiven Dead. In Alex Hay’s stylishly entertaining The Housekeepers, the servants are plotting their revenge against their rich employers.

Lin Anderson and Guests

Lin Anderson

Albert Halls Albert Place, Dumbarton Road,, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom

It’s twenty years since Lin Anderson’s iconic forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod entered the crime fiction canon, making a breathtaking debut in Lin’s first novel Driftnet. At once both emotional and professional, Rhona immediately resonated with readers, establishing herself as an expert in the field without ever losing the humanity that is an equally vital part […]


Bloody Scotland Debut Prize Shortlist

Friday 15th September from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Central Library, Stirling

This free event in Stirling’s Central Library on Corn Exchange Road features the shortlisted authors for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year. Second sight is at the heart of Fulton Ross’s haunting The Unforgiven Dead. Kate Foster’s remarkable The Maiden is based on a true story from 17th Century Edinburgh. Callum McSorley’s Squeaky Clean is a darkly comic Glasgow tale of blood and suds. Heather Critchlow’s Unsolved is a gripping tale of obsession and a search for the lost. Unfortunately, Heather Darwent, author of the deliciously dark The Things We Do to Our Friends, is unable to attend.

Free – Please note this event is free but ticketed.

Debut Prize PanelFriday 15 September 2023, 17:00

Bloody Scotland at The Central LibraryCentral Library, Stirling

Denise Mina and Karin Smirnoff

Saturday 16th September from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Albert Halls, Stirling

£12/ £11 concession
Denise Mina
karen smirnoff

Karen Smirnoff, Vogler, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Philip Marlowe and Lisbeth Salander remain two of crime fiction’s most memorable characters so breathing new life into such iconic figures is a daunting task, but it’s been delivered in style. Denise, the first woman authorised to write Raymond Chandler’s detective, gives us a clever new take in her atmospheric rebirth The Second Murderer, complete with a missing heiress, a platinum blonde, an LA heatwave, and a propulsive mystery. Karen has picked up the baton of Stieg Larsson’s Blomquist and Salander books and driven the series forward with the remarkable The Girl in the Eagle’s Talons, a tale of conspiracy, betrayal and corporate greed.

Chaired by Jenny Brown. Sponsored by the Open University in Scotland.

Denise Mina & Karin SmirnoffSaturday 16 September 2023, 12:00

Bloody Scotland at the Albert HallsThe Albert Halls

Digital Events

This year digital events include: Our Lives in Crime Writing with Nicci French, Val McDermid with Abir Mukherjee, Denise Mina and Karin Smirnoff, Lisa Jewell and Liz Nugent, High Seas, High Stakes: Will Dean, Amy McCulloch and Catherine Cooperand many more…


Individual tickets are £5 or you can buy a digital pass, which provides access to all 15 online events until the end of September, for £50. For further information and to book tickets. 

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