Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival 17-19 September 2021
Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival can today reveal that three of the books on this year’s McIlvanney Prize longlist have made the shortlist for this year’s Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year. The 2021 shortlist is:
The Silent Daughter by Emma Christie (Wellbeck) – from Aberdeen / Portobello
No Harm Done by Alistair Liddle (Self Published) – from Stirling
Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison (Macmillan) – from Helensburgh / Glasgow
Waking the Tiger by Mark Wightman (Hobeck Books) – from Edinburgh / Linlithgow
Emma Christie appeared on Crime in the Spotlight 2020 – the element of the Festival where up-and-coming stars appear ahead of big names - and the Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect winner 2017, Mark Wightman, is also in the mix for this year’s Debut Prize.
The shortlist is based on points received by a team of readers – largely made up of bloggers and booksellers – but the winner will be judged by Janice Forysth from BBC Radio Scotland, Simon Lloyd from Waterstones and Kenny Tweeddale from sponsors, the Glencairn Glass.. It is the second year that both awards have been sponsored by the Glencairn Glass – the world’s favourite whisky glass.
Kirsty Nicholson, Glencairn’s design and marketing manager commented: ‘We are immensely proud of our continued sponsorship of the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year with the Glencairn Glass. As a Glasgow-based family business, we cherish our Scottish heritage, so to be associated with such talented authors emerging in the Scottish crime fiction scene is an honour. We look forward to immersing ourselves again in gripping crime novels – dram in hand – and we wish all the writers the best of luck’
Bob McDevitt, Director of the Festival said' Once again, I’ve been blown away by the quality of the debut novels submitted this year. The fact that three of them also feature on the McIlvanney Prize longlist gives you some idea of just how high the standard was this year.’
As ever, author and co-founder of Bloody Scotland, Alex Gray has also selected four debuts that have made a big impact on her from those not eligible for the Bloody Scotland Debut Scottish Crime Book of the Year:
One Night, New York by Lara Thompson (Virago) – from London
How To Kidnap The Rich by Rahul Raina (Little,Brown) – from Oxford / Delhi
The Long, Long Afternoon by Inga Vesper (Bonnier) - from London
The Final Round by Bernard O’Keefe ( Muswell Press) – from Barnes, London
Alex Gray – who is on the longlist of the McIlvanney Prize for the first time – said:‘This year’s debuts were incredibly strong and all looks well for the future of crime fiction.’ After a year in which all authors, but particularly debut authors, suffered from bookshops being closed and festivals being cancelled Bloody Scotland are delighted to continue to celebrate the very best in debut crime fiction.