Bloody Scotland launches online book club

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Craig Robertson (center) alongside Gordon Brown (left) and Lin Anderson (right) at the Bloody Scotland 2018 launch

The International Crime Writing Festival keeps fans around the world connected with a new series of monthly chats

The highly regarded crime writing festival Bloody Scotland has announced the launch of a new virtual book club, designed to entertain and connect crime fans around the world amid ongoing lockdown restrictions. The monthly discussion series will begin Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live and continue on the last Wednesday of each month thereafter, with a rotating panel of journalists, bloggers, podcasters and booksellers joining each session.

Since arriving on the festival stage in 2012, Bloody Scotland has descended on Stirling every September, bringing with it a lot of literary blood, guts, gore and fun – that is, with the exception of last year, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck and the festival made a successful digital shift. Bloody Scotland regularly hosts big names at crime scenes both at home and abroad including Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina and many more, and many festival favorites are expected to make a splash. appearance at Bloody Scotland Book Club. .

Its first edition will be moderated by criminal writer Craig Robertson, who will lead the audience in a discussion on Laidlaw by the great William McIlvanney; Helen Fitzgerald’s psychological thriller Worst case scenario, and the debut of DI Eve Hunter in Deborah Masson For the blood, which received the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize last year. Robertson and company will be joined by journalist Jane Hamilton, blogger Mary Picken, podcaster Zoe Venditozzi and bookseller Simon Lloyd of Waterstones.

Bloody Scotland Festival Director Bob McDevitt said of the new online initiative: “We thought the Book Club would be an opportunity for crime fans to discuss their recent discoveries, their exciting beginnings. and also to look back on some classic books and established authors with a new set of eyes. I have certainly read more over the past few months and look forward to being able to discuss books in the group. ”

Blood Scotland Book Club, Wednesday March 31, 7 p.m. Bloody Scotland returns from Friday September 17 to Sunday September 19, for more information visit bloodyscotland.com.

Bloody Scotland


An innovative festival inspired by Scotland’s love for the macabre literary and celebrating detective writing by bringing together leading Scottish and international writers, showcasing early voices and nurturing new writers. In addition to the interviews and panels, there is a torchlight procession, a criminal cabaret, a detective writer …

Bloody Scotland International Book Club

Online book club hosted by Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s international criminal writing festival, where readers from around the world can participate in a monthly discussion of their favorite reads and recent discoveries alongside journalists, writers and bloggers. Hosted by Facebook Live.


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