Bloody Scotland 2021 – It’s all systems go for Stirling!

Today I’m delighted to share the press release from Bloody Scotland, confirming that this year’s event will go ahead, with events both live and online. Absolutely brilliant news for one of my favourite festivals in the Crime Fiction calendar. Here’s the release in full:


Programme reveal and tickets to go on sale at 12 Noon on Wednesday 18th August 2021

Bloody Scotland International Crime Festival is delighted to confirm that thanks to generous funding from Creative Scotland the 2021 Festival will be going ahead in hybrid form with huge names beamed on to large screens in Stirling and equally huge names from closer to home appearing on stage alongside exciting new names in crime fiction.

The Festival will run from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th September and as usual the opening night will be marked with the presentation of the McIlvanney Prize and the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize. Bloody Scotland is delighted to welcome back a live audience and all events will take place with the safety of authors and readers in mind. For those who don’t feel ready to venture out or can’t get to Stirling all
events will be available on-line.

Festival Director, Bob McDevitt said:
‘We are hugely grateful to Creative Scotland for sharing in our vision for an ambitious hybrid festival for 2021. Their funding will allow us to both welcome people back to Stirling and to deliver an extensive
programme online for those who can’t make it this year’

Katalina Watt, Literature Officer at Creative Scotland, said:
‘Scottish crime writing is a beloved and globally renowned literary export, and it’s heartening to see that with the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s enticing programme can offer in-person events in Stirling, alongside a host of digital offerings. Creative Scotland is delighted to support the festival once more in bringing the diverse plethora of Scottish crime writing voices, both emerging and established, to a wide audience within Scotland and beyond.’

Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival receives funding from Creative Scotland, Stirling Council, Visit Scotland and the Culture & Business Fund Scotland and is extremely grateful to them and their other sponsors The Glencairn Glass, H W Fisher, Open University Scotland, Go Forth Stirling and individual publishers for their ongoing support during these challenging times.

The full programme will be revealed on Wednesday 18th August and tickets will go on sale at 12 noon that day.  Full details of all events, and how to book tickets for both watching on-line and in-person will be available at

This is absolutely brilliant news for all fans of the festival, both those who wish to attend in person and those who can once again make use of the online feeds to attend the festival from the comfort of their own sofas, all around the world. I can definitely recommend the festival – always a highlight of the year – and hope you can all make it in one form or another.

Bloody Scotland is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. They distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Further information at

All events at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival remain subject to the social distancing guidelines set in place by the Scottish Government and may be subject to last-minute change or cancellation. Bloody Scotland is committed to safeguarding its staff, authors and audiences from Covid-19 and is acting under continual advice and supervision from local authorities. The Festival is currently working to a 1m social distance for audiences at all events.  Anyone intending to visit the Festival from 17-19 September 2021, whether or not they hold an event ticket, is advised to check the festival’s website for the most up to date information.

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