Ian Rankin to captain Scots team at Bloody Scotland football match in Stirling…

Written by Gillian Furmage, 06 September 2017

WHILE we’re used to writers showing off their wit and creativity, this weekend some of the UK’s most beloved authors will putting their fancy footwork on display at a football friendly in Stirling.

Famous faces Ian Rankin and Mark Billingham will be donning footie strips and captaining the Scotland and England teams at the match as part of the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival.

Craig Robertson, crime writer and Bloody Scotland board member, said the Scottish side are gunning for a win after the England team won the cup last year.
He said: “This is the fourth year of the Scotland-England match and with one win apiece and one draw, there is clearly much bragging rights to play for as well as The Bloody Cup.

“The English mob have not shut up about their win in 2016 and it’s time to send them homewards to think again.”

The Scotland team will be captained by Ian Rankin and includes crime writers Craig Robertson, Doug Johnstone, Martin Stewart, Peter Mackay, Lloyd Otis, Thomas Enger and publishing types Jamie Crawford, Danny Scott and Neil Macpherson, husband of Catriona Macpherson.

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McDermid and Mina up for McIlvanney Prize…

by Natasha Onwuemezi

Val McDermid and Denise Mina have been named among the five finalists for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year 2017.

The other three contenders for the overall prize are Craig Russell, Jay Stringer and Craig Robertson. 

A panel of judges including comedian and crime fan Susan Calman, writer Craig Sisterson and programmer of Granite Noir, Lee Randall, whittled down the final five from a 12-strong longlist featuring “some of the best names in Scottish crime fiction”.

Russell has won the award before, Robertson is one of the founders of  Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival, while the judges described Stringer as a “relative unknown”.

McDermid has been shortlisted for Out of Bounds (Little, Brown), which follows protagonist Karen Pirie, who the judges say is “one of the most engaging and charismatic of all the fictional Scottish Detectives”. Mina’s “elegantly written” The Long Drop (Random House), “confirms Denise Mina’s stature among the great Scottish crime writers” according to the judges, while Russell’s The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid (Quercus), has been praised for being an “assured riff on a classic noir caper which reveals Glasgow in all its gritty and compelling glory”.

Robertson’s Murderabilia (Simon & Schuster) features “an intriguing premise in a contemporary setting which tiptoes along the darker edges of crime fiction with an unusual detective at its heart”, while Stringer’s How to Kill Friends and Implicate People (Thomas & Mercer) is an “unexpected and explosive novel” which proves the writer has “reached the major league of Scottish crime fiction”, the judges said.

Judge Sisterson said: “Reading the books for the prize has been a pleasure and a privilege, and has convinced me that Tartan Noir is a sparkling gem on the global crime-writing stage.”

The winner is to be announced at the opening reception of Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival at Stirling Castle on Friday 8th September. The award recognises excellence in Scottish crime writing, includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.

Original article from The Bookseller

Vera creator Ann Cleeves in South Shields…

BY TOM PATTERSON

Crime story fans are being offered an evening with an award-winning North East novelist sas she shares her writing secrets.
Author Ann Cleeves, whose best-selling books – Shetland and Vera – have both been made into TV series’, will be at South Shields’ The Word: National Centre for the Written Word on September 8.

The event will see Ann interviewed, discuss her latest novel from the Vera series: The Seagull, and answering questions about her successful career as an author.

Since starting writing 30 years ago, Ann has gone on to publish more than 30 books, with some of her bestsellers being adapted for both radio and TV.

Seven series of Vera, the ITV adaptation starring Brenda Blethyn, have been broadcast in the UK, and sold worldwide. There have also been three series of Shetland, based on her Shetland novels – and a fourth is in preparation.
Tania Robinson, Head of Marketing and Culture for The Word: National Centre for the Written Word said: “September is a brilliant month for crime fiction fans at The Word.

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