Top crime authors ready for Bute festival

Top crime authors have been booked to appear at the inaugural Bute Noir Crime Writing Festival on August 5-6.
Top crime authors have been booked to appear at the inaugural Bute Noir Crime Writing Festival on August 5-6.

Some of the industry’s top crime writers are set to descend on the island next month for the first ever crime writing festival.

Authors heading to the island over the August 5-6 weekend include Alex Gray, Alanna Knight, Caro Ramsay, and Christopher Brookmyre.

Bute Noir Crime Writing Festival - the brainchild of Print Point’s Karen Latto and author Craig Robertson - follows in the same vein as Bloody Scotland, the national festival which celebrates the very best of Scottish and international crime writing.

Over the two days, festival-goers will be able to meet the authors at talks and book signings.

Craig said: “During Scottish Book Week. I was on a five-day mini tour of Scotland, doing events in Larbert, Ayr, Newton Mearns, Carnousie and Rothesay. I was chatting to Karen Latto of Print Point and we talked about how good it would be to get more crime writers over here.

“I’m not sure how serious I was about it but when I went down to breakfast the next morning in the Victoria Hotel, the receptionist told me how much she was looking forward to the crime festival!

“I still didn’t really think anything would happen and I had things to do like write a new book, but Karen kept on at me.

“She wouldn’t let it go and eventually talked me into doing it.”

With events hosted at Print Point, Rothesay Library and Bute Museum, the entire festival has been very much a collaborative effort.

“As well as Karen and Print Point, we’ve had huge help and support from Bute Museum, Rothesay Library, and Argyll and Bute Council,” Craig said.

“We have some of the best Scottish crime authors coming over plus Alex from California and bestseller Luca Veste from Liverpool.

“If anyone thinks a book festival might be dry and dusty then I can assure them it won’t be.

“It will be a lot of fun, a lot of laughs and with plenty of insight into how authors write their books. These events work best when the writers play off each other and we’ve mixed them up to ensure that happens.”

Craig added: “One of the best aspects of a festival, particularly a crime writing festival, is the chance for readers and writers to mingle and chat. At most of these events, you can normally find the authors at the bar and this will be no different. All the authors are very approachable and will be more than happy to talk and sign books.”

Tickets can be bought from the three venues, priced at £3.50, and more information about the festival programme will follow in The Buteman or can be found at Print Point, Rothesay Library and Bute Museum.