Initiative supports new writers by pairing established authors with 'support' acts just starting out in their careers
Authors 'In the Spotlight' this year include Andy Muir, a former scriptwriter for Home & Away and Neighbours who is paired with Irvine Welsh and published by Australian indie Affirm Press, and Mysti Berry from the US who has been paired with MC Beaton (author of Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin books) and actress Ashley Jensen (who plays Agatha Raisin on TV).
The full list includes authors published by Scottish, Australian and English independents, large London conglomerates and some self-published authors with a mix of male and female crime writers. Andrew Reid, author of The Hunter (Headline), has been longlisted for The McIlvanney Prize 2018 and will be appearing In the Spotlight immediately before Frank Gardner takes the stage.
The full list of selected authors is as follows: Ian Patrick, supporting Val McDermid and Denise Mina; Heleen Kist, supporting Lin Anderson, Craig Robertson and Dr Kathy Charles; Andrew Reid, supporting Frank Gardner; Chris Curran, supporting Stuart Macbride; Allan Watson, supporting Ambrose Parry AKA Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman; GB Williams, supporting Peter James; Mysti Berry, supporting MC Beaton and Ashley Jensen; CS McLean, supporting Two Crime Writers and a Microphone, featuring Luca Veste and Steve Cavanagh with Val McDermid, Abir Mukherjee and Stuart Neville; Daniel Smith, supporting Professor Sue Black and Dr Richard Shepherd; William Graham, supporting Quintin Jardine and Denzil Meyrick; Claire Askey (pictured), supporting Ann Cleeves and Louise Penny; CS Duffy, supporting The Real CSI featuring Kate Bendelow with Mark Billingham; and Andy Muir, supporting Irvine Welsh.
Bloody Scotland, which opens in Stirling on 21 September, is supported by The Open University as sponsor.