September was also time for the Bloody Scotland event in Stirling and Joan Fleming shares her experience of the weekend below.
Bloody Scotland 2015
Having attended – and enjoyed – Bloody Scotland last year, I once again spent the weekend of 11-13 September in Stirling, where the 2015 Crime Festival was held. I had the company of two other members of Erskine Writers, Myra (Duffy) and Bill (Daly). We caught fleeting glimpses of Alanna (Knight) and Sandra (Alex Gray), members of the original small group who set up the Festival – now in its fourth year.
On the Friday, there was a whole-day crime writing masterclass, featuring Denise Mina, Allan Guthrie and Alexandra Sokoloff.
The programme of events offered sessions with famous crime writers appearing at the venues to share their writing experience in rooms filled, mainly, with readers and writers of crime fiction, but also people living in and around the city of Stirling.
Once again we were spoiled for choice. This year, I attended sessions where I heard, among others:
These are all well-known names in crime fiction. There were also less famous writers, some of whom will no doubt be featured on the programme in years to come.
For the novice crime writers, there was an opportunity to pitch their books to publishers and an agent, and this year some début authors were showcased at the start of some of the big events.
At the Scottish Crime Book of the Year Gala Dinner, last year’s winner, Peter May presented the award to Craig Russell for his book The Ghosts of Altona.
There is so much more to say about this Festival of crime writing – all the details can be found on the website https://www.bloodyscotland.com/news/ Why not take a look?