Stirling 21st - 23rd September 2018

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Gala Opening, McIlvanney Prize and Torchlight Procession [SOLD OUT]

Friday, 8 September, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

| £20
The Opening Night Reception is now SOLD OUT! If you have purchased a ticket we look forward to seeing you on Friday in the Great Hall at Stirling Castle at 6.30pm sharp.
Please note: there is no returns system and no tickets can be bought on the door. If you did NOT buy a ticket you will NOT be able to gain access to the castle. It will be a packed event and we need to keep the area clear for ticket-holders only. Thank you!

Bloody Scotland 2017 opens in the magnificent splendour of the Great Hall of Stirling Castle with a truly unique event that offers you the chance to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in crime fiction. Your golden ticket (£20) allows you to enjoy a glass or two of fizz in historic surroundings while we launch the Bloody Scotland anthology of new short stories in conjunction with Historic Environment Scotland and announce the winner of the prestigious McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year. Following the announcement you can then collect, if you so wish, your flaming torch on the castle esplanade and take your place in a once-in-a-lifetime procession of authors and readers, winding its way through Stirling’s old town to the Albert Halls for the Rebus event. (£20 ticket does not include access to the Rebus event.)


You and your family can participate in the torchlight procession too! Tickets are £5 per adult (18 and over) or £4 for Stirling residents. One adult ticket allows two children to accompany the torchlight holder. Please arrive at the castle esplanade by 7.45pm for a safety briefing and to receive your torch. Procession departs Stirling Castle Esplanade at 8.10pm. Event ends at approximately 8.30pm in front of the gates at the Albert Halls, Corn Exchange Road.

Gala Opening, McIlvanney Prize and Torchlight Procession sponsored by National Library of Scotland.

Torchlight Procession is not recommended for under-5s and buggies are not allowed. Torchlight Procession is an outdoor event using wax-based torches, please dress appropriately. Torchlight Procession is an incredibly safe event but we need participants to help maintain this. Please follow all safety instructions when carrying torches in this event. Torches are wax based (like a big candle), safety guards are supplied to protect carrier hands from dripping wax. Please note, when windy the wax from the torches can be blown onto clothing. Whilst easily removable (top tip – an iron and brown paper) please dress appropriately and do not carry torches if wearing delicate fabrics. Spectators to the event are welcome but please DO NOT join the procession en-route or stand in front of the procession to take photographs. Please book early to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited for this event. Full set of terms and conditions can be found at:


Friday, 8 September, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Caledonian Crime Writing Festival, Scottish Company No SC404578, Registered office: Caledonian Exchange, 19A Canning Street, Edinburgh EH3 8HE.
The Caledonian Crime Writing Festival is a Scottish Registered Charity, known as Bloody Scotland; Charity No SC042615