It's that time of year again when Crime Writers and Readers gather in the beautiful Scottish City of Stirling for all things crime related. I thought it would be difficult to surpass last years festival but the organisers somehow managed this. What a fabulous weekend.
Friday started with a writers day which I was privileged to attend. This was a day of workshops run by leading crime writers including Christopher Brookmyre. During the day participants had a chance to hone their writing skills and to get tips and advice from writers and publishers. This was extremely interesting and helpful to the extreme. Analysing what it is about the writing of well known names in the industry makes them great was enlightening.
Later that night I went to see Christopher Brookmyre being interviewed by Denise Mina. This was a laugh a minute as both authors have a fabulous sense of humour. It was also good to get an idea of how authors work.
Saturday started with Peter Robinson and David Hewson being interviewed by Lin Anderson. Now I love all three of these authors, so an opportunity not to be missed. If you haven't read any of their books and you love crime then do so immediately. You will not regret it. I have to give special mention to the books of Lin Anderson who is a fellow Scot, with books which are set in both Scotland and Cannes. Well worth a trip to the bookshop. The hour passed in a flash, with a fascinating insight into the lives of both writers. It was interesting to note that their approach is like chalk and cheese. I am looking forward to David Hewson's series set in Amsterdam.
The absolute highlight of my weekend was Cathy Reichs being interviewed by Ian Rankin. That is not a duo you see on stage together very often. Now I have heard Ian speak before and I know he is laugh out loud funny. It turns out that Cathy is just as funny which lead to a hysterical hour. Not only are they both highly talented authors but could also double as stand up comics. This has to be one of the best hours I have ever spent.
So bookaholic has been steeped in both reading and writing over the weekend. A great time was had by all as I could tell from audience reactions. I am off to read my latest David Hewson which I bought and had signed over the weekend. See you all back here on bookaholic soon.