It’s the news we have all been expecting but dreading nonetheless. Bloody Scotland, definitely one of my personal highlights of the literary festival calendar, has been cancelled as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Sad times for us all, especially the hardworking team behind this annual event. Read on for the official press release from the organisers.
BLOODY SCOTLAND INTERNATIONAL CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL 2020 CANCELLED BUT EXPLORING OPTIONS FOR GOING AHEAD ON SAME DATES ONLINE
We are very sad to announce that Bloody Scotland will not be taking place in Stirling this year due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. The safety of our team, participants and audiences is paramount and even if social distancing restrictions are lifted by September we feel we cannot proceed as normal without knowing safety can be absolutely assured.
Though we will miss celebrating the finest local and international crime writing at the festival, we hope to bring you a taste of that classic Bloody Scotland atmosphere in the form of online events which we are currently in the process of costing and plotting.
Festival Director, Bob McDevitt said:
‘I’m absolutely gutted that we won’t be gathering in Stirling this year for our annual shindig but I am looking forward to finding some new and innovative ways to bring some fantastic crime writers into your living rooms. See you all in 2021 for our 10th anniversary!‘
Here’s hoping that we still get to experience a little of that festival magic later in the year. I know one thing for sure – I will be booking my hotel for 2021 just as soon as I can. I have a feeling it is going to be a festival to remember.