Mazars becomes headline sponsor of crime writing festival Bloody Scotland
Accountancy and business advisory firm Mazars has become headline sponsor of Scotland’s first International Crime Writing Festival, Bloody Scotland.
The festival, which will take place in Stirling over three days in September, will include authors Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.
Peter Jibson, managing partner for Mazars Scotland, said: “Crime fiction is the single most popular genre amongst Scottish readers, and we believe Bloody Scotland is a truly fitting way to celebrate the nation's burgeoning literary talent. Few other countries have produced such a number of crime fiction writers of such a high calibre so the sponsorship of such an ambitious event in the literature calendar is a very exciting prospect for us. We look forward to working with such acclaimed authors in the coming months and supporting such a vital part of Scotland's cultural identity and heritage.”
Co-organiser Alex Gray, also a crime author, who devised the idea of the festival alongside Lin Anderson, commented;“With over 40 literature festivals taking place in Scotland each year, not one has ever exclusively recognised the remarkable talent amongst Scottish crime writers. Bloody Scotland will showcase all that is great in Scottish crime literature and indeed the fabulous authors who continue to excite, thrill and entertain us.
“Mazars' support will allow us to make the festival the most exciting event in the literature calendar, and we are thrilled to be able to work alongside an organisation that truly recognises the value of Scotland's exceptional creative landscape.”
The festival will take place from 14-16 September.