Watch out for Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s first international crime writing festival. The inspired brainchild of two JBA writers, Alex Gray and Lin Anderson, the festival offers three packed days of masterclasses, discussions and insights into crime writing in Scotland and Scandinavia. Bloody Scotland takes place in Stirling from 14 – 16 September 2012. Other JBA writers appearing include Craig Robertson, Helen FitzGerald, Allan Guthrie, Alanna Knight, Doug Johnston, John Rector, Sara Sheridan and William McIlvanney.

Pre-register now at ahead of the full programme launch, out on 17 May. There’s also a short story competition to uncover emerging talent in crime fiction, sponsored by Glengoyne Highland Single Malt, all details on the website, and sign up to Twitter for all the latest news.