Friday, 1 June 2018

Dates For Your Diary

Hi guys, did you miss me?! No, don't answer that! Apologies, I took a few unplanned but much needed days away.

Just a short post today to mention some forthcoming events, all crime related - books, obviously!

Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Festival

First up is the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Festival in Harrogate from 19th to 22nd July.
I haven't managed to get to this festival yet, now in its 15th year, yet, and sadly won't be there this year either. But I know it is recognised as one of the best ones, and attracts fabulous speakers. 

You can find out all about it here

Bute Noir

Yesterday saw the announcement of the line up at Bute Noir Crime Festival on 3rd to 5th August.

Held in Rothesay on the beautiful island of Bute, this is a relatively new addition to the crime festival circuit, but has already proved popular with many events selling out last year. Tickets for all events are just £4 and the island is easy to reach by train (or car) and ferry - a return ticket for a foot passenger on the boat is less than £7.  Ferry details are here

The schedule for the event is below:

and you can get full details on the website

Last year when I couldn't go I promised myself that I would definitely go this year, but things haven't worked out that way.  However I'm still hoping I might get there for at least some of the Saturday. 

Bloody Scotland

Last, but very definitely not least, is the awesome Bloody Scotland Crime Festival in Stirling on 21st to 23rd September.

This one, I will definitely be at! My accommodation is booked and it's a highlight in my year. It will be my fourth time attending, and my second staying for the whole weekend. Last year, I met so many lovely authors, bloggers and readers it was fabulous. I came home knackered and broke but had the best time. And I don't know any other book festival which features a Scotland vs England (plus rest of the world) football match! 

This year is special for me as I was asked to be a reader for the 2018 McIlvanney Prize, which is why I haven't been posting about the books I am currently reading. Cos it's TOP SECRET! 

I can't tell you much more about it just now - we have to wait til this coming Monday when the programme will be announced at afternoon tea with Alexander McCall Smith. But you will be hearing A LOT more about it over the next few months! 

You can find out more on the Bloody Scotland website.

I hope that's whet your appetite a wee bit about some of the fabulous events that are coming up in the next wee while. These  festivals are such great opportunities to meet some of your favourite authors and discover new ones, and to connect with friends, old and new - maybe people you've 'met' in social media.  Whatever, they are well worth saving up for! 

Suze x


  1. Obviously Bloody Scotland is a definite but having read your blog about Bute, I'm thinking 'can I squeeze in Saturday in Rothesay' lol. Thanks for bringing these dates to my attention and congratulations on being a McIlvanney reader, so looking forward to the Top Secret level being lowered 😁

  2. Thank you! I think Bute will be brilliant. The venues are quite small though, I think, and events sell out quickly. But I definitely plan to get there eventually!


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