Bloody Scotland revealed today that the ‘special guest’ interviewing top crime writer Ian Rankin on Saturday 21 September will be First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
A self-confessed crime fiction fan, the First Minister was last seen at the Theakston’s International Crime Festival in Harrogate singing backing vocals with the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, hot from their appearance at Glastonbury, which was followed the next day by her splendid interview with Val McDermid.
Bloody Scotland can’t promise any singing but does promise a fascinating conversation between two of the most iconic figures in Scotland. Ian Rankin is the man who led the Tartan Noir charge to the top of international bestseller charts. At the last count he had sold some 30 million books that have been translated into thirty-six languages and have been bestsellers around the world. As a contemporary social commentator – and thrilling storyteller – Ian Rankin has few rivals.
The First Minister said:
“Ian Rankin is one of Scotland’s most celebrated crime writers, world-renowned for his page-turning thrillers – so it’s a real pleasure for me to interview him at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival.
“Now in its eighth year, Bloody Scotland is attracting writers and audiences from around the world with its excellent programme – and I look forward to attending this year’s festival.”
Ian Rankin said:
“I’ve probably done hundreds of events during my time as an author but this is a first for me. I’ve no idea what the First Minister will ask or where our conversation will lead. I just know she’s one of the best-read politicians currently gracing the world stage – and she definitely knows her crime fiction!”
Tickets are selling fast. 430 tickets had already been sold for the event prior to this announcement. Capacity for the Albert Halls in Stirling is 700. The event will take place at 8pm. They are in good company, also on the bill at the Albert Halls that day are Dr David Wilson with Lin Anderson, Chris Brookmyre and Michael Robotham, Alexander McCall Smith with Alex Gray, Denise Mina and Louise Welsh and Richard Osman with Mark Billingham which has already sold out.
More information and to book tickets see the Bloody Scotland website here