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Blood on the Bannocks graphic

Ann Cleeves has written a murder mystery based around a traditional Shetland Sunday tea, especially for librarians and booksellers who would like to host their own murder mystery party. There's a script for four actors (with a guest appearance from detective Jimmy Perez), and - for a really authentic experience! - there are recipes for Shetland homebakes!

Look out for a 'Blood on the Bannocks' event near you - or find out how you can stage your own!

And for a flavour of crime writing events, listen to the Guardian's books podcast, in which Ann and Chris Brookmyre look forward to Bloody Scotland!


Friday 23rd June, 7.00 pm
Blood on the Bannocks Murder Mystery dinner at The Georgian House
Tickets £35, available from The Georgian House 01481 822471 / .
Come dressed for the occasion i.e. living on a small, isolated, windswept island (somewhere like Shetland - or even Alderney!).
More information from Alderney Literary Trust.
Wednesday 28th June, 7.30pm
Blood on the Bannocks Murder Mystery party at Cullercoats Crescent Club (call 0191 280 2625 for further information)
Tickets £8 each, includes a light buffet supper - all proceeds to North Shields Fishermen's Mission
Tickets can be bought from three locations:
  • The Waterfront, Fish & Chip takeaway, Union Quay North Shields,
  • Old Low Light Heritage Centre, Clifford's Fort, Fish Quay, North Shields
  • Or North Shields Fishermen's Mission, Fish Quay, North Shields (tel: 0191 257 1316)
Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd July
Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate: Ann is on a panel at 10.00 am on Sunday 23rd July, talking about VERA with Brenda Blethyn, Kenny Doughty and interviewed by Steph McGovern.
Wednesday 6th September, 7.00 pm
Talking about The Seagull at Waterstones, Newcastle,
Tickets £3
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th September
Bloody Scotland, Stirling
Tuesday 12th September, 1.00 pm (doors at 12.30 pm)
A Literary Lunch with Plackitt & Booth Booksellers at Gusto Lytham
Tickets £30 from the bookshop include 2 course lunch with drink on arrival, plus a signed hardback copy of The Seagull.
More information
Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th October
Bouchercon, Toronto, followed by a Canadian tour.
Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th November
Ann will be at the SILK Festival, Skudeneshavn, Norway from Friday 3rd - Monday 6th November