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BLOODY SCOTLAND – RECENTLY PRAISED ON BBC RADIO 4 FOR TAKING AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH COMPARED TO THE TRADITIONAL MODEL OF BOOK FESTIVALS – REVEALS THE ‘CRIME IN THE SPOTLIGHT’ SUPPORT ACTS 2018
(L-R: Andy Muir, Claire Askew, Daniel Smith, CS Duffy, Ian Patrick, Chris Curran, Andrew Reid, Mysti Berry, CS McLean, GB Williams, Allan Watson, Heleen Kist, William Graham)
Described by William McIlvanney as one of the friendliest festivals around, Bloody Scotland, which opens in Stirling on Friday 21 September with a torchlight procession, was recently praised on BBC Radio 4 for creative initiatives which push the boundaries of traditional book festivals. One of those initiatives is Crime in the Spotlight which supports new writers by pairing established authors with ‘support’ acts just starting out on their career.
Jake Kerridge, crime fiction reviewer for The Daily Telegraph discovered His Bloody Project (later shortlisted for the Man Booker) ‘In the Spotlight’ when he visited Bloody Scotland. Recently he was on Open Book, BBC Radio 4 praising Bloody Scotland for taking such an innovative approach:
‘they have really tried to find new ways of doing things… if we’re going to attract more people to literary festivals, maybe you can’t fundamentally change the idea of the author turning up and talking and meeting the readers because that’s what people want, but you can have more enticing things happening around the festival as a sort of fringe. Another thing Bloody Scotland did, which seems obvious when you think of it but is very clever, is that if they had an event with someone huge like Ian Rankin or Val McDermid they would begin by offering an unknown writer the chance to read from their work for five minutes at the beginning of the session so that people were introduced to them…it’s that sort of innovation, they’re really thinking about ways of doing things differently.’