Crime festival Bloody Scotland is going from strength to strength.
Seriously, how they pull together a programme of events that is varied, fascinating and entertaining all at the same time amazes me.
It doesn’t happen overnight, of course. The committee and the volunteers put in long hours to make sure all the elements gel.
And this year is no exception.
The weekend of September 21-23 will be a busy one in Stirling, because the festival has grown in its seven years of being.
You can read about this year’s festival here (I like the bit about me having a marvellous mind. And no, I didn’t write that bit):
And you can view the full programme here:
I’m lucky enough to be chairing two panels and appearing as me (in a way) in another.
On Saturday September 22, I’ll be chatting to Cathi Unsworth, Nick Triplow and Harry Brett about Brit Noir and its legacy.
Blighty has a fine tradition of gritty crime – it’s not all obscure poisons and cucumber sandwiches – and we’ll talk about it and how it flourishes today.
It promises to be an entertaining session and you can find details and how to book tickets here:
On Sunday September 23 I’ll be with two of our most popular authors – Quintin Jardine and Denzil Meyrick.
These guys really know their stuff and I’ll really have to be on my toes.
Quintin has more titles to his name than I have had hot flushes while Denzil’s rise can only be described as meteoric.
They’re at the top of their game and neither showing any signs of slackening their grip on the bestseller lists.
No matter how much I stand on their fingers.
Further details here:
And finally, there’s this.
Yes, Caro Ramsay, Michael J. Malone and I will finally help Carry on Sleuthing make its Bloody Scotland debut on Sunday September 23.
I know Irvine Welsh probably thinks he’s closing the festival but the truth is we will stop it in its tracks. At least, some of the jokes will.
Come along and see us, find out who the mystery guests are, and help solve the murder.
More details here: