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Stirling crime writing festival cancels but looks to move online for September dates

By Margaret Chrystall

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THE Scottish crime writing festival Bloody Scotland has been cancelled – but organisers are looking at ways of taking the festival online on the scheduled dates.

Bloody Scotland was due to happen in Stirling on September 18-20.

Bloody Scotland may go online for same dates.
Bloody Scotland may go online for same dates.

But organisers say: “We are very sad to announce that Bloody Scotland will not be taking place in Stirling this year due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. The safety of our team, participants and audiences is paramount and even if social distancing restrictions are lifted by September we feel we cannot proceed as normal without knowing safety can be absolutely assured.

“Though we will miss celebrating the finest local and international crime writing at the festival, we hope to bring you a taste of that classic Bloody Scotland atmosphere in the form of online events which we are currently in the process of costing and plotting.

Festival director, Bob McDevitt said: “I'm absolutely gutted that we won't be gathering in Stirling this year for our annual shindig, but I am looking forward to finding some new and innovative ways to bring some fantastic crime writers into your living rooms.

“See you all in 2021 for our 10th anniversary!”

The McIlvanney Prize and the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize will go ahead as planned.

The McIlvanney Prize longlist and debut prize longlist are to be announced on Tuesday, June 23, finalists to be announced on Tuesday, September 1 and the winners to be announced on Friday,September 18.

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