What does it take to write a truly gripping crime novel? How are killers created, and where do authors get their twisted tales from?
Have these thoughts ever crossed your mind when in the middle of a real page-turner?
If so, then prepare to have your questions answered at Bute Noir - the island’s first ever crime writing festival.
With 11 top crime authors booked to appear at three island venues over the weekend of August 5-6, a bumper programme has been compiled by organisers Karen Latto of Print Point and author Craig Robertson.
The weekend programme is as follows:
Friday, August 5
3pm - 4pm - Craig Robertson and Luca Veste talk ‘Serial Killers’ with G. J. Brown at Bute Museum;
4.30pm - 5.30pm - ‘Deadlier than the Male?: Two ways women write crime’ with Myra Duffy and Alexandra Sokoloff at Print Point;
6pm-7pm - Alanna Knight MBE interviewed by Alex Gray at Rothesay Library;
7.30pm - 8.30pm - ‘Question Time Crime: Laughs with Caro Ramsay, Michael J. Malone, and Douglas Skelton’ at Bute Museum;
9pm - 10pm - An evening with Christopher Brookmyre, interviewed by Alexandra Sokoloff at Rothesay Library.
Saturday, August 6
12.30pm - 1.30pm - Caro Ramsay and friends at Rothesay Library;
2pm - 3pm - ‘The Softer Side of Crime’ with Alanna Knight MBE and Myra Duffy at Rothesay Library;
3.30pm - 4.30pm - Alex Gray, interviewed by Michael J. Malone at Bute Museum;
5.30pm -6.30pm - ‘Calm Down, Calm Doon’. Luca Veste and Douglas Skelton discuss their preferred crime locations at Print Point;
7pm -8pm - Alexandra Sokoloff and G. J. Brown discuss ‘A Bit on the Supernatural Side’ at Rothesay Library;
8.30pm -9.30pm - ‘A Question of Court’: Chris Brookmyre, Luca Veste and Michael J. Malone take on Caro Ramsay, Douglas Skelton, and G. J. Brown, hosted by quizmaster Craig Robertson, at Bute Museum.
Tickets for all events cost just £3.50 each, and are available in advance from any of the three venues, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the festival, visit the ‘Bute Noir’ page on Facebook.