Profile: Bloody Scotland, the crime wave that’s welcome

Nan Spowart
The National
AUGUST 27TH, 2015

SHE is better known for her novels but best-selling author Val McDermid will be entertaining fiction fans by singing at this year’s Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival.

McDermid, who is to sing The Twa Corbies, will be just one of the authors performing musical numbers at a ceilidh-type event during the festival.

There will also be a performance from the newly formed Slice Girls led by American author Alexandra Sokoloff, while Scottish novelist Doug Johnstone will be playing guitar and singing.

Other performers include Steve Cavanagh, Luca Veste, Mason Cross and Michael J Malone.

“Ian Rankin will be with us too but he’s not declared his hand as to whether he’ll be entertaining us,” said author Craig Robertson, who will compere the event. “All the authors at the festival are invited so I’m certain there will be other major names in attendance. There will be readings, songs, short stories and poetry from some of the best-known crime writers.

He added: “It will be all quite informal. I’m quite open to authors deciding on the night that they’d like to get up and do something so it will be flexible and open to change.”
The event is at the Curly Coo on the Saturday evening of the festival which this year takes place from September 11-13.

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Val McDermid: “Only a matter of time” until Scotland independent

It is “a matter of time” until Scotland becomes an independent country, crime writer and Yes supporter Val McDermid has declared.

The author said many of those who voted No during last year’s independence referendum were “feeling pretty profoundly betrayed” by events following the historic ballot.

Ms McDermid made the comments during a session with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, drawing heckles from a few audience members.

Ms Sturgeon, a self-confessed “fan girl” of crime fiction, was asking the author about her writing, including her latest novel Splinter the Silence at the sold out event.

It did not take long before the subject of the referendum was raised.
The politician said she had been struck by references to the September 2014 vote in Ms McDermid’s book The Skeleton Road, written in the run-up to the ballot.

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2015: Val McDermid and Nicola Sturgeon

BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals – 2015: Val McDermid and Nicola Sturgeon

Val and Nicola Sturgeon

First shown: 27 Aug 2015

The bestselling crime writer meets one of her best-known fans, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, to discuss her new books.

Val’s appearance at the Edinburgh book festival, where she was interviewed by Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, sold out instantly.

See the Full interview with Nicola Sturgeon: BBC iPlayer

 

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