The festival takes place 21-23 September
Bloody Scotland launched its 2018 programme in Stirling yesterday with Alexander McCall Smith. A London launch will take place this evening (5 June).
This year's gala opening will take place on Friday 21 September, when the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year will be presented. Denise Mina and Val McDermid will lead a torchlight procession to their event, followed by a performance from the Fun Lovin' Crime Writers.
Other leading authors on the programme include Louise Penny, Ann Cleeves, Chris Brookmyre, Mark Billingham, Peter James, Stuart Macbride, Quintin Jardine, Denzil Meyrick, Martyn Waites and Bloody Scotland board members old (Lin Anderson, Craig Robertson, Gordon Brown) and new (Abir Mukherjee).
Other participants include BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner, forensic scientists Dr Richard Shepherd and Professor Sue Black, Kate Bendelow (author of The Real CSI and consultant anaesthetist), and Dr Marisa Haetzman (who forms half of Ambrose Parry with husband Chris Brookmyre). Two book to TV events follow last year's sell out event with Ann Cleeves and Douglas Henshall. MC Beaton will appear with cast and crew of her Agatha Raisin series, and Helen Fitzgerald with an actor from the new TV adaptation of The Cry. The closing event on 23 September will feature Irvine Welsh.
Christine Simpson, Stirling Council provost, said: "We are delighted to welcome Bloody Scotland and its cast of stellar authors to Stirling again. It's a key festival in our growing events calendar and a truly unmissable event for crime fiction fans from across the UK and beyond. This year's event promises to be the biggest and most international yet, and we've been working closely with Bloody Scotland organisers to bring a real sense of the festival to the whole of Stirling."
Alexander McCall Smith said: "Literary festivals have become a fixed feature of our cultural lives. Bloody Scotland was started comparatively recently but has already established itself as one of the most popular of these festivals - I am delighted to be involved in its launch today."
Photo from left: Alexander McCall Smith, festival director Bob McDevitt, and author Lin Anderson.