Register your tickets for Bloody Scotland 2020 online! This ticket will give you access to all events on Saturday19th September.
SATURDAY 19th 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.
Professor Dame Sue Black: Written in Bones
12:00pm - 12:55pm
The foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone. The ankle bone’s connected to what you’ve eaten, where you’ve been and who did you wrong. The secrets of our lives are written in our bones – if you have the skill and experience to unlock them.
One person who has that experience in spades is world renowned forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black. She will lead us on a remarkable journey to piece together the evidence in the bones, some of it hidden for years or even centuries, unlocking grave crimes and the downright bizarre.
Now shake dem skeleton bones and watch as Professor Black reveals how each part of us has a tale to tell. Chaired by Gavin Francis. (This event will be opened by Sam Lloyd in our Crime in the Spotlight slot.)
Ann Cleeves and Peter May
1:00pm - 1:55pm
Two of the UK’s leading crime writers join forces in what is sure to be a fascinating insight into their books and careers.
Peter May has been responsible for the most prescient novel of the year. Lockdown, written 15 years ago but turned down as being unrealistic, eerily predicted a world in quarantine that we’ve become all too familiar with. It’s a busy publishing year for him as he’s also releasing The Silent Death, a scorching new thriller set in southern Spain.
Ann Cleeve’s latest book, The Darkest Evening, is a welcome return for her much-loved detective Vera Stanhope. Driving home in a blizzard, Vera comes across a car slewed across the road, a toddler strapped in the back seat, setting in motion a series of bloody and baffling events. Chaired by Jenny Brown from the Bloody Scotland board. (This event will be opened by Leela Soma in our Crime in the Spotlight slot.)
High Concept Thrills: Steve Cavanagh, Simon Mayo and Adrian McKinty
2:00pm - 2:55pm
Strap yourself in for what’s sure to be a bumpy ride into the imaginations of three of the best thriller writers in the business. Expect twists and turns, breathless excitement and nail-biting action – and that’s just the conversation.
Steve Cavanagh’s run of storming legal thrillers continues with the engrossing Fifty-Fifty, in which two sisters accuse each other of their father’s murder. In Simon Mayo’s Knife Edge, seven journalists are murdered in a series of coordinated attacks in the heat of a London rush hour. Adrian McKinty’s The Chain won the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year and has been snapped up in a seven-figure movie deal. Chaired by Catriona Reynolds from the Bloody Scotland board. (This event will be opened by Helen Sedgwick in our Crime in the Spotlight slot.)
Five Continents of Crime: Lin Anderson, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Attica Locke, Shamini Flint and J.P. Pomare
3:00pm - 3:55pm
Bloody Scotland goes truly global as we untangle time differences to bring you crime writers from five continents. Our own Lin Anderson joins bestselling authors from America, Africa, Asia and Australasia to discuss their own work and crime fiction around the world. Oyinkan Braithwaite’s stunning debut My Sister, the Serial Killer won the LA Times award for best crime thriller. The brilliant Attica Locke, author of Bluebird Bluebird and Black Water Rising, is a leading voice of a generation. Shamini Flint, born in Malaysia and now living in Singapore, is the bestselling author of the Inspector Singh Investigates series. JP Pomare is an award-winning Maori author living in Melbourne who is fast gaining international attention for his taut psychological thrillers. The Innocent Dead is the latest in the critically acclaimed Rhona MacLeod series by Bloody Scotland co-founder Lin Anderson. (This event will be opened by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart in our Crime in the Spotlight slot.)
As If Real Life Isn't Scary Enough: Linwood Barclay, Tess Gerritsen and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
4:00pm - 4:55pm
As if 2020 hasn’t been frightening enough, three of the biggest names in international crime fiction are determined to scare us even further. All three of these crime writing superstars have added a terrifying new edge to their latest books.
Linwood Barclay’s heart-stopping thriller Elevator Pitch will make you think twice about ever stepping into a lift again. In Tess Gerritsen’s The Shape of the Night, the old house on the hill is full of secrets but is the sense of danger coming from within its walls or somewhere else entirely? Gallows Rock, the latest from the queen of Icelandic Noir Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, starts with a body found hanging on an ancient execution site.
Our guide on how to not panic in a pandemic but be petrified by the pages instead will be chaired by crime writer Luca Veste. (This event will be opened by Stephanie Wrobel in our Crime in the Spotlight slot.)
Screen to Scene: Robert Crais, Helen FitzGerald and Deon Meyer
5:00pm - 5.55pm
These three bestselling authors from the USA, Australia and South Africa have used a background in screenwriting to create outstanding novels.
Robert Crais wrote scripts for TV classics including Miami Vice, Cagney and Lacey, and Hill Street Blues before writing his first novel, The Monkey’s Raincoat, the first in the hugely successful Elvis Cole series. Helen FitzGerald started out writing children’s dramas for BBC Scotland before giving up to write a series of critically acclaimed novels, including The Cry which was dramatised on the BBC. Deon Meyer is the international awardwinning author of 13 thrillers written in his native Afrikaans, is published in over 40 countries, as well as the writer of two television series and four movies.
They will be interviewed by fellow screenwriter turned author, Alexandra Sokoloff. (This event will be opened by D. V. Bishop in our Crime in the Spotlight slot.)
Criminal Masterminds: Lawrence Block and Ian Rankin
6:00pm - 7:05pm
Make sure you’ve eaten, feed the cat, walk the dog, pour yourself a glass or a cuppa and settle down to watch two giants of crime fiction in conversation.
Lawrence Block is the crime writers’ crime writer and a legend of the genre. The author of 44 crime novels, he’s best known for two brilliant and longrunning New-York set series; one about recovering alcoholic P.I. Matt Scudder, and the other about gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr. When it comes to modern detective fiction, no one does it better than Ian Rankin. His outstanding John Rebus novels set the gold standard for police procedurals. Okay we're a bit biased as he’s one of our own, but the awards, the sales, the critics and the global readership back up every word of it. He’s the guvnor.
(This event will be opened by Amer Anwar in our Crime in the Spotlight slot.)
Crime at the Coo Online
7:30pm - 9:00pm
A firm festival favourite, Crime at the Coo normally has just 40 public tickets which disappear within moments of the box office opening. However, this year’s virtual festival will allow the madness, mayhem and musical majesty of the Coo to be seen by many, many more. Covid restrictions will decide the final format of this year’s event but we hope to bring you live author performances along with film of memorable acts from previous years and reminiscences from writers who graced the Coo’s legendary (and tiny) stage. We’ll try to dig out film of the likes of the Slice Girls, Luca Veste singing Britney Speirs, Val McDermid’s ballads, Steve Cavanagh’s poetry and maybe even some of Chris Brookmyre’s uncensored sweariness.
Thanks, as ever, to Mandy of The Curly Coo Bar for the generous use of her pub on Barnton Street in Stirling to host our frivolous fiction festivities.
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!
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