Bloody Scotland: Stuart MacBride, Ian Rankin & Denise Mina

Recorded at the Waterfront Theatre on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

For some time, Scotland has had the second-highest murder rate in Western Europe. Glasgow has the dubious distinction of being the murder capital of Europe. How much do these startling facts contribute to the fact that Scotland produces a wealth of excellent crime writers whose stories are read around the world? Stuart MacBride, Denise Mina and Ian Rankin writers who are masters of the genre respond to the notion that Scotland is such fertile ground for crime fiction and discuss the role of the country’s drinking culture in crime and crime writing.

Stuart MacBride has gone from asking people if they “want fries with that” to project-managing vast IT projects for the oil industry. Somewhere in the middle, he managed to make money out of dressing up as a woman. He’s also penned a bestselling series of thrillers featuring Detective Sergeant Logan McRae, including the award-winning Cold Granite, Dying Light and the most recent, Shatter the Bones. MacBride lives in northeast Scotland with his wife, Fiona, his cat, Grendel, and a vegetable plot full of weeds.




Ian Rankin is the UK's number one crime author. He is most famous for the acclaimed Inspector Rebus series, which has topped The Sunday Times bestseller lists, been translated into 22 languages and been adapted into a major television series. His new novel, The Impossible Dead, brings back the character of Malcolm Fox from Rankin’s bestselling The Complaints. Rankin recently received the Order of the British Empire for services to literature. He lives in Edinburgh.


Denise Mina was born in Glasgow and moved more than 21 times in 18 years during her childhood because of her father’s job as an engineer. Her first novel, Garnethill, won The Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey Dagger for best first crime novel. Since then, she has written seven more novels, the most recent of which is The End of the Wasp Season. She also writes comics and short stories, and she is a regular contributor to radio and television.