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Wednesday 11 August 2021

Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival 17-19 September 2021

Bloody Scotland Confirms Festival Going ahead in Stirling
17-19 September 2021
With all Events Also On-Line

Programme Reveal And Tickets To Go On Sale
at 12 Noon On Wednesday 18 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

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