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10 November 2017

Stirling in for a Bloody Good Treat with Crime Author Q&A

Stirling Castle to welcome Scotland’s finest crime writers for Q&A

The Great Hall at Stirling Castle - south gable and arch

Stirling Castle’s magnificent Great Hall will welcome some of Scotland’s finest crime writers later this month for a special question and answer session with a selection of contributors to the crime anthology Bloody Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) first foray into fiction which was published earlier this year.

The stellar line-up includes McIlvanney Prize winners Denise Mina and Christopher Brookmyre – who took the award for Scottish crime book of the year in 2017 and 2016 respectively - as well as esteemed crime novelists Doug Johnstone and Lin Anderson.

From murder in an ancient broch to a dark psychological thriller set within the tourist throng of Edinburgh Castle, Bloody Scotland sees some of the nation’s favourite crime writers uncover the intimate – and deadly – connections between people and places.

The Stirling Castle event, which takes place on the evening of Thursday 23rd November, will give audiences the opportunity to find out more about the writers’ motivations, discover what inspires them to pick up the pen and hear about their experiences of linking crime stories with some of Scotland’s most iconic historic buildings.

The Q&A session will be chaired by James Crawford, Publishing Manager at HES. Commenting ahead of the event, James said:

“The Bloody Scotland book is a tribute to two of our nation’s greatest assets – our crime writing and our built heritage.

We’re delighted to bring together four of its authors in the atmospheric setting of Stirling Castle’s Great Hall to talk about the key role Scotland’s built environment plays in inspiring their writing.

"What a perfect way to bring in a dark wintry night!”

The event will also include a meet and greet with the authors, with the opportunity to have books signed. Copies of Bloody Scotland, as well as a selection of other work from the authors, will be available to purchase on the night.

The Bloody Scotland Authors in Conversation event takes place from 7pm Thursday 23 November at Stirling Castle’s Great Hall. Booking is essential, with tickets available to purchase online or in person at Stirling Castle ticket office.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology (HHA), a year that will celebrate Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions and icons as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, 2017 is the year to explore Scotland’s fascinating past. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and a variety of partners.

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For further information, please contact:

Claire Mullaney
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
Direct Line: 0131 668 8588
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