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New podcast The Tartan Noir Show plans series of interviews with Scottish crime fiction's biggest names plus special live event editions

By Margaret Chrystall

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A NEW crime fiction podcast talking to some of the biggest names in Scottish 'tartan noir' – including Cromarty resident Ian Rankin – launches today.

The Tartan Noir Show begins with presenter Theresa Talbot interviewing Val McDermid about tartan noir itself with Val referencing her own favourite crime writer William McIlvanney. His novel Laidlaw is often named as the book that gave the tartan noir genre its name – and its identity.

The Tartan Noir Show plans to collaborate with literary festivals such as Bloody Scotland and Aye Write! With exclusive live recordings and special live event editions of the show in future.

The Tartan Noir Show.
The Tartan Noir Show.

The list of well-known names in crime fiction set to feature on upcoming editions of the podcast includes Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Christopher Brookmyre, Peter May, Stuart MacBride, Liam McIlvanney, Caro Ramsay, Abir Mukherjee, plus Nicola Sturgeon and Irvine Welsh.

Host Theresa Talbot – also voice of traffic and travel on BBC Radio Scotland – said: “I’m so excited about hosting The Tartan Noir Show, not only am I a crime writer, but I’m also a huge fan of crime fiction and a huge fan of Scottish crime fiction.

“We have such a rich seam of talent here, from Shetland right down to Dumfries and Galloway, so it’s really fascinating to be getting behind the scenes with people who write crime in Scotland.

“Tartan Noir is really quite particular – you can almost taste it and the setting is almost like a character in itself.”

The Tartan Noir Show launches today (Wednesday, April 1) from The Big Light podcast network and is available on Apple, Spotify, Acast and other major podcast platforms.

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