This weekend is the highlight of the year in all Tartan Noir calendars. Scotland’s original crime writing festival is back in Stirling and I am beyond excited to be attending again this year. With serious crime fiction heavyweights like Mark Billingham, Chris Brookmyre, Martina Cole, Nicci French, Stuart MacBride, Ian Rankin and the Queen of Crime herself Val McDermid all making an appearance, this year’s line up is guaranteed to delight both readers and writers.
McIlvanney Prize 2016
The four finalists for the McIlvanney Prize are:
Black Widow – Chris Brookmyre
The Jump – Doug Johnstone
Splinter the Silence – Val McDermid
Beloved Poison – E.S Thomson
The winner of the Scottish Crime Book of the Year will be awarded The McIlvanney Prize in memory of William McIlvanney at the opening ceremony of Bloody Scotland and will receive a £1000 cash prize.
Upcoming Events 2016
The events I have been lucky enough to get tickets for are:
Talking to the Dead – author Alex Gray is hosting a chat with two real life Forensic Pathologists, Dr James Grieve who features as himself in Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series on TV, and Dr Marjorie Turner who is the inspiration behind Dr Rosie Fergusson in Alex Gray’s Lorimer novels.
Mark Billingham and Peter Robinson – The author of the hugely successful Tom Thorne series teams up with the creator of long running DCI Banks novels (now a major ITV Drama) to discuss the secrets of their long-established successes.
Val McDermid – The Queen of Crime and celebrated best-selling author, who is my personal favourite. Val will take centre stage to discuss her latest release “Out of Bounds” and share her expert knowledge of forensic psychology and forensic pathology. The event is a must for any crime fan!
Nicci French – Bestselling husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have sold a staggering 8 million novels worldwide under their Nicci French pseudonym. They will be discussing their most recent novel in the pyschotherapist Freida Klein series ” Saturday Requiem”
Where To Find Me
You will find me alternating between The Albert Halls and The Golden Lion in Stirling, if I’m not in an event I’ll be in the bar 😉 be sure to pop by and say hello!