A FESTIVAL celebrating the best in international crime writing has a line-up to die for, organisers have said.
Lee Child, author of the bestselling Jack Reacher novels, is among those appearing at the second Bloody Scotland event in Stirling in September.
Val McDermid, Stuart MacBride, William McIlvanney, Quintin Jardine and Louise Welsh are also appearing, alongside Nordic crime writers Jo Nesbo, Arne Dahl and Mons Kallentoft.
Festival-goers can hone their writing skills in workshops or try their hand at forensics to solve a murder.
The Deanston Scottish Crime book of the year award will also be announced over the weekend, with journalist and former newspaper editor Magnus Linklater on the judging panel.
Scottish author Christopher Brookmyre joined festival founders and fellow authors Alex Gray and Lin Anderson to unveil this year’s programme which features 48 writers across 35 events.
He said: “Last year’s Bloody Scotland was the most resounding thing to hit Stirling since they wheeled away the last medieval siege engine.
“It was one of the most vibrant festivals I have ever attended, with a sparkling programme of discussion and debate, so this year I’m really looking forward to dragging the tone into the gutter with my partner-in-grime Mark Billingham.”
The festival is on September 13-15 and tickets can be bought from bloodyscotland.com.