A Bloody Good Idea

Sometimes the best ideas are so obvious you wonder why no one’s done it before…image from prospect magazine

At the Stirling Smith at lunchtime today, Ian Rankin gave details about Scotland’s first International Crime Festival due to start next year. Over the weekend of 14-16 September 2012 Stirling – Scotland’s newest city – will host Scotland’s newest book festival.

Bloody Scotland is the brain-child of Scottish crime-writers, Lin Anderson and Alex Gray who have timed it to perfection to coincide with a trio of crime-iversities: 125 year anniversary of publication of the first Sherlock Holmes story – 35 year anniversary of the birth of ‘Tartan Noir’ with Laidlaw, by William McIlvanney – 25 years since Ian Rankin’s Rebus first appeared in print.

The time is ripe, it seems to celebrate all things criminally Scottish.

Building on the popularity of crime fiction north of the Border and taking inspiration from two dedicated crime festivals, at Bouchercon in the US, and Harrogate, UK, the festival has already attracted support from leading crime writers and publishers. The unique twist on the Scottish Crime Writing Festival is in the mixture of events. The festival aims to provide a showcase of the entire genre, from historical and literary to teen and ‘true crime’. There will be Crime Fiction Awards and crime-writing master-classes hosted by Stirling University.

As Ian Rankin said,

“…   Bloody Scotland is a long overdue celebration of Scotland’s favourite genre …”

See me, ah cannae wait.