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Crime writing festival Bloody Scotland reveals final five names on shortlist for Scottish crime book of the year


By Margaret Chrystall

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Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival has revealed the five finalists for the McIlvanney Prize 2021.

The selected five finalists from the longlist of 13 are – Stuart McBride and Emma Christie from Aberdeen, Alan Parks, Craig Russell and Robbie Morrison.

The McIlvanney Prize five finalists.
The McIlvanney Prize five finalists.

The shortlist includes 2015 winner, Craig Russell; established names Stuart MacBride from Aberdeen and Alan Parks and two debut authors, Emma Christie from Aberdeen and Robbie Morrison who beat some of the biggest names in crime fiction to make the cut.

Emma Christie> Picture: Maria Jose Fernandez Hidalgo
Emma Christie> Picture: Maria Jose Fernandez Hidalgo

Emma Christie was one of the up and coming authors selected to appear at Crime in the Spotlight as a support act for The Never Ending Panel last year.

The prize is sponsored by The Glencairn Glass with match funding from Culture & Business Fund Scotland

Five years ago the Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award was renamed the McIlvanney Prize in memory of William McIlvanney.

This year his final book, The Dark Remains, completed with the help of Ian Rankin, was launched at the Edinburgh Book Festival immediately prior to the announcement of the McIlvanney Prize shortlist.

Bloody Scotland – the Scottish crime writing festival – runs this year from September 17-19 and will be held live in-person in its regular home of Stirling as well as online.

The McIlvanney Prize winner will be announced on the afternoon of Friday, September 17 at the festival.

Details on the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival and how to attend events, details here: bloodyscotland.com

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