Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Bloody Scotland 2018

Bloody Scotland just gets bigger and better!! I only made it over to Stirling for one day - the Saturday - but the whole town was buzzing and full of crime writers and crime readers. If you haven't yet been up to Stirling for this festival, what's stopping you? The events are amazing, the venues are brilliant and the atmosphere is incredible. The only downside I can see, is that my To Be Read pile is now even bigger and I will probably have to live until I'm a hundred to ever get through it all!

I was delighted to be able to catch up with some old friends and to make some new ones. It made me realise just how far I've come since I was one of the Crime in the Spotlight speakers, two years ago. Then, I knew almost no one in the huge, welcoming crime-writing family that exists. I made some good friends in the twelve "Spotlighters" and as a consequence of meeting them, have met many more fantastic, warm, helpful, supportive people - writers, book bloggers, friends of friends who neither write nor blog nor have anything to do with crime-writing beyond reading it. All have been absolutely amazing. And none of it would have happened without Bloody Scotland!

Short post (Sorry! Life is ridiculously busy at the moment), but I just wanted to say how brilliant Bloody Scotland is and how grateful I am for the amazing friendships that have spun off from it.

Hopefully see you all there next year!

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