The month of May sees Off The Page (Stirling Libraries book festival) running for the 12th year. They usually have a good mix of events including crime authors. Crime highlights of this year’s festival are:
Femme Fatale Night – The three ladies of crime who form Femme Fatale are Alanna Knight, Alex Gray and Lin Anderson. Alanna Knight has written more than 70 books since first published in 1968 including historical crime, romance and thrillers. Knight’s historical and current crime series include 19 Inspector Faro and 10 Rose McQuinn novels. In addition Knight has written plays for the stage and radio as well as numerous short stories. The honorary president of both the Scottish Association of Writers and the Edinburgh Writer’s Club and a founding member of the Scottish Crime Writers Association, Alanna was awarded an MBE is for services to literature.
Alex Gray began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles and commissions for BBC radio programmes. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, her previous novels include Five Ways to Kill a Man, Glasgow Kiss, Pitch Black, The Riverman, Never Somewhere Else, The Swedish Girl, Keep the Midnight Out, and The Darkest Goodbye. She is the co-founder, with Lin Anderson, of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.
Lin Anderson is best known as the creator of the forensic scientist Rhona Macleod series of crime thriller novels. A former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, Lin is also a screenwriter. A movie based on her Dead Close story is going into production this year, and in Lin’s experiences of Cannes and Its film festival provided the setting for her other thriller series featuring private investigator Patrick De Couvoisier.
Craig Robertson – Craig Robertson is a local author who was brought up in St. Ninians before enjoying a 20 year long career in journalism with a Scottish Sunday newspaper, and is now an international bestselling novelist. During his time in journalism Craig interviewed three Prime Ministers and reported on major stories including 9/11, the Dunblane tragedy, the Omagh bombing and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
He is the author of seven crime novels. His first novel, Random, was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA New Blood Dagger, longlisted for the 2011 Crime Novel of the Year and was a Sunday Times bestseller. His latest book, Murderabilia, revolves around the grisly pursuit of collecting items related to serial killers.
Craig Russell with James Oswald – Craig Russell’s novels have been translated into twenty-three languages worldwide and dramatised for television and radio. Craig was a finalist for the 2012 Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year and the 2013 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger. Craig’s novel The Ghosts of Altona won the 2015 Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year.
His Jan Fabel novels have been adapted for television and broadcast in Germany. The film version of novel 4 in the series is due to begin filming in March 2017. The rights to the Lennox series is under option to the BBC and the rights to Biblical have been acquired for a major television series in the UK and the US.
Craig will be appearing at this event with James Oswald, the author of the Inspector McLean series of crimes novels Natural Causes, The Book of Souls, The Hangman’s Song, Deadman’s Bones, Prayer for the Dead and The Damage Done. His new novel Written in Bones was published in February 2017.
James is also the author of the epic fantasy series The Ballad of Sir Benfro as well as working on comic strips, short stories and blogs.
Thriller writer Douglas Jackson – Douglas Jackson spent 36 years in journalism before leaving The Scotsman in 2009 to become a full-time writer. He has written nine historical novels and four thrillers (under the name James Douglas) and his novels have been published in twelve languages. His latest book, Saviour of Rome, the seventh Gaius Valerius Verrens adventure, was published in August 2016, and the next, Glory of Rome, will be out in August 2017.
All information taken from the Off the Page website where more info on family events, other events, dates, locations etc can be found.