The Open University is delighted to be supporting Crime In The Spotlight at Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival, Bloody Scotland 2022.
Inspired by the concept of support acts at music festivals, Crime in the Spotlight pairs the rising stars of the crime fiction scene with established crime writers and to date over 100 authors have taken to the spotlight stage.
Most famously author, Graeme Macrae Burnet was paired with Ian Rankin in 2015 and went on to be shortlisted for The Booker. Claire Askew who was a spotlighter in 2018 went on to win the Bloody Scotland Debut Prize in 2019 and this year is longlisted for the McIlvanney.
This year's selection of up-and-coming crime writers are, in order of appearance: Liz Webb, Heather Fitt, Amen Alonge, Graham Bartlett, Maureen Myant, Emma Styles, Sarah Bonner, Tom Mead, Jonathan Peace, John Brownlow, Angela Edgar, Ross Macfarlane, Catherine Yaffe, Carole Johnstone, Nick Edmunds, Karen Taylor, Joe Chacko, Scott Cumming, John Harkin, F J Watson, John Coughlan and Caron McKinlay.
They will be will be reading a snippet from their works, ahead of best-selling writers, such as: Caron McKinlay before OU honorary graduate Louise Welsh, Heather Fitt before OU honorary graduate Ian Rankin, and Amen Alonge before Irvine Welsh.
These events are available both in person and online. Some of the authors will be joining the events via live-stream.
For more info and to book your place to watch online or in-person, please go to the Bloody Scotland website.
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