Vagabond author Chris Dolan (Aliyyah, Potter's Field) will appear at the Bloody Scotland event, Alex Gray Presents: New Crimes, in which festival co-founder and crime author Alex Gray will introduce several of the best new crime books and their authors. Other authors in attendance include Lucy Ribchester (The Hourglass Factory), SJI Holliday (Black Wood) and Mark Leggatt (Names of the Dead).
From Bloody Scotland: "Three accomplished crime writers will be discussing the unique challenges of writing or adapting work for film and TV. Join Hollywood screenwriter-turned crime novelist Alexandra Sokoloff, Kevin Wignall, whose novel Hunter’s Prayer has recently been adapted into a major feature film, and Chris Dolan, whose screenwriting accolades including writing Taggart and adapting Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels for TV. These three will offer unique insights into turning crime fiction into screen gold."
One year on from Scotland’s historic independence referendum, writer and campaigner Jim Sillars introduces In Place of Failure: Making it Yes Next Time ... Soon. His follow-up to In Place of Fear II dissects Better Together’s claims, examines the strengths and the weaknesses of the last Yes campaign, and urges that we prepare for the next one now.
In Place of Fear II, whose title was itself a reference to Aneurin Bevan’s historic defence of the welfare state, was one of the key texts written in the heat of the campaign. This longer work is more of a rallying cry to keep us informed and ready for the next appointment with Scotland’s destiny.
Moon Country, Peter Arnott's debut novel, is a wild and woolly Scottish Western, a family road movie, a slightly insane hermeneutic treatise on nationhood and belonging, and a definitely lunatic quest for personal redemption. It’s also pretty funny. It is quite unlike anything you’ve ever read before.