Bloody Scotland Online - Friday 18th September

Check out the Bloody Scotland online programme for Friday 18th September, book your place via Eventbrite, and we’ll see you, virtually, very soon!

Bloody Scotland Online - Friday 18th September

About Bloody Scotland Online - Friday 18th September

FRIDAY 18th September
(all times are in BST)

All events will be hosted on bloodyscotland.com and all attendees will be sent further information on how to access them closer to the date.

Pitch Perfect
3:30pm - 4:30pm
This has become one of the most sought after – yet simultaneously terrifying – events for aspiring crime writers. It’s their chance to pitch their novel before a panel of industry experts and perhaps grab themselves a dream publishing deal.

The number of writers willing to subject themselves to the ordeal has grown every year and 2020 has seen our biggest number of applicants yet. Many of those that have trodden the path before them have gone on to publishing success and include bestsellers like Joseph Knox, Steph Broadribb, Matt Wesolowski, Alison Belsham and Lisa Gray.

This year’s panel ready to offer guidance, criticism, and advice is: Alison Hennessey – publishing director at Raven Books; Miranda Jewess – senior commissioning editor at Viper Books; literary agent Oli Munson; and literary agent, and Bloody Scotland chair, Jenny Brown.

Get on Board - Lin Anderson, Gordon Brown, Abir Mukherjee and Craig Robertson
6:00pm - 7:00pm
The four crime writing members of the Bloody Scotland board will lead us into the weekend, talking about the perils and pitfalls of planning a book festival in the middle of a global pandemic, reminiscing about Bloody Scotlands past and looking forward to a fabulous weekend. They might just spill a few secrets of what goes on behind the scenes of organising and participating in this great celebration of crime fiction.

The McIlvanney Prize and Debut Prize announcement
7:00pm - 7:30pm
Now in its seventh year, the McIlvanney Prize for crime novel of the year has established itself as the pre-eminent and most coveted award for Scottish crime fiction. Named in honour of the late, great William McIlvanney, it has a stellar roster of winners: Charles Cumming, Malcolm Mackay, Peter May, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina, and Manda Scott.

The 2020 award features an impressively strong longlist and is guaranteed to produce a worthy successor to that fine list of authors.

The ceremony will also feature the shortlist for the Bloody Scotland Debut Novel of the Year, and the presentation to the winner of that prize. Last year’s inaugural winner was Claire Askew for All the Hidden Truths.

Jeffery Deaver - My Life in Crime (Writing)
8:00pm - 9:00pm
Join us as we spend an hour in the company of one of the world’s leading crime writers. Jeffery Deaver is sold in 150 countries, translated into 25 languages, has sold over 50 million books and has legions of fans across the globe.

His enduring series characters include forensic consultant Lincoln Rhyme and special agent Kathryn Dance. The Lincoln Rhyme novel The Bone Collector was made into a movie starring Denzel Washington.

His latest novel, The Goodbye Man, sees protagonist Colter Shaw in pursuit of two young men accused of terrible hate crimes and finds himself forced to infiltrate a sinister cult.

With past careers that include being a journalist, a folksinger and an attorney, Jeff has fascinating stories to tell and the natural talent with which to tell them.

Chaired by Janice Forsyth. (This event will be opened by Karen Hamilton in our Crime in the Spotlight slot.)

The Fun Lovin' Crime Writers - Behind the Scenes
9:25pm - 10:30pm
These paperback writers have been murdering songs for fun since 2017, entertaining audiences from Stirling to Belfast, London to Reykjavík, Glasgow to Cheltenham. They’ve even played Glastonbury (and may have mentioned it…)

Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone, Val McDermid, Stuart Neville and Luca Veste are the world’s leading crime writing superstar band but what were their own musical influences, whose poster was on their bedroom walls, how do they meld their differing tastes into one almighty rock n’ roll unit, and most importantly, which of them has the most groupies?

With festival footage of the band to entertain us, this promises to be an unmissable hour of chat and tunes as they tell all to occasional roadie and perennial drinks carrier Craig Robertson.

(This event will be opened by Kate Simants in our Crime in the Spotlight slot.)


Putting on an online festival of this scale – and being able to bring it to you for free – has taken a monumental effort. In achieving it, we are grateful for the support of our funders and sponsors, without whom it wouldn’t have happened.

However, there are still costs associated with an online venture – paying authors and chair people, fees for festival and technical staff, plus the associated costs of programming, marketing and publicity – and we’d be glad of any help to cover them. The receipt of any donations may also allow us to make the festival available to even more people and help us plan for the 10th anniversary festival in 2021.

If you're able to donate, please go to bloodyscotland.com/donate
or you can text BLOODY plus the number of the amount you'd like to give (up to £20) to 70490 (e.g. 'BLOODY 5' will donate £5, 'BLOODY 10' will donate £10, etc) Each text will cost your donation plus one standard network rate message.

But whether you want to donate or not, please register to watch for free, and we’ll see you all in September. We can’t wait!

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Bloody Scotland Online - Friday 18th September are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment. All information (whether in text or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact.

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