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Annual Stirling crimefest programme revealed


By Margaret Chrystall


CARRBRIDGE crime writer Lin Anderson – one of the founders of the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival – will be interviewed with co-founder Alex Gray at the event in September by BBC presenter Janice Forsyth.

The annual festival in Stirling – which runs from Friday to Sunday, September 20-22 – has just announced its 2019 programme with guests including part-time Cromarty resident Ian Rankin, Alexander McCall Smith, Denise Mina and Louise Welsh, Nicci French and Ambrose Parry, Icelandic queen of crime Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Stuart MacBride, Mark Billingham and, straight from favourite game show Pointless, Richard Osman, who will be launching his first crime novel The Thursday Murder Club next year.

Gareth Halliday up for first novel prize. Picture: Chris Stuart
Gareth Halliday up for first novel prize. Picture: Chris Stuart

The McIlvanney Debut Prize for first-time writers will be announced and Gareth Halliday from Inverness – who writes as GR Halliday – is one of those shortlisted for his Highland-set thriller From The Shadows.

The festival fringe features a writers’ football match, a torchlit procession, a cabaret, a podcast, a quiz and this year will also include a Killer Ceilidh, a procession of Harley Davidson riders, a play at the Sheriff Court which will allow the audience to vote on the verdict of a real murder trial and a screening of classic crime films from The 39 Steps to Reichenbach Falls, introduced by Ian Rankin.

Tickets (which are now on sale) and full details from:www.bloodyscotland.com



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