Bloody Scotland!?!


Bloody Display, Waterstones, Stirling

The third Bloody Scotland crime writing festival is about to take place from September 19th to 21st in Stirling. Nordic Noir are excited about this and the fact that we have our very own wee Stirling fringe festival happening at the same time.  Bloody Scotland haven’t let us down and are still providing a good forum for fostering links between us folks in the cold, dark north.

In terms of Nordic offerings this year we have David Hewson  talking about his novelisation of the Danish TV show the Killing as well as a new novel set not in the Nordic countries but in Amsterdam.  There is a session called Scotland to Finland with Kati Hiekkapelto and Craig  Robertson where they will discuss small countries and crime fiction.  Nordic Noir recommends the session called Icelandic Noir featuring Ragnar Jonasson, Quentin Bates and Yrsa Sigurdardottir discussing the evolution of the crime genre in Iceland.   All three of these authors are also involved in organising a festival in Reykjavik in November which Nordic Noir will be attending.

Between us we will be attending various events and im am sure we will blog about it afterwards.  Miriam from the Nordic Noir group is looking to speak to anyone who will be taking part in Bloody Scotland as part of her research. If you would like to have a conversation with her about your Bloody Scotland experience please email her at

John Gordon Sinclair will be in conversation with Arild Stavrum from Norway on Sunday 21st in the Stirling Highland Hotel. Denise Mina and Louise Welsh will also be doing sessions and although they aren’t particularly Nordic based sessions this time, Denise did do the graphic novels of the  Stieg Larsson Dragon Tattoo novels which she spoke about last year.  Louise revealed earlier on in the  summer in a special Bloody Scotland Twitter session that she likes Karin Fossum, Henning Mankel and the first couple of Stieg Larsson novels as well as Nordic crime TV shows such as The Bridge and the Killing.


University of Stirling campus

There are a couple of really exciting, unique  events happening such as the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing masterclass based at the university of Stirling,  a Bloody Cinema event , a Medieval Murder in the Castle wich incorporates a tour and recreation of a real murder with cutting edge forensic technology.  There is a pitch to win session for aspiring crime novelists and a courtroom drama based on one of Scotland’s most notorious serial killers.  These are just a flavour of the many interesting sessions happening over  the weekend.  Hope to see you there.

Links to this years Bloody Scotland:

More info on Iceland Noir 2014 here

Stirling Fringe Festival here:

Bloody Scotland on You Tube

You can read about last years Bloody Scotland here

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You can read about Denise Mina’s graphic novels of the  Stieg Larsson Dragon Tattoo series here:


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