Bad to the Bone – Scotland's Darkest Crime Writers Unearthed

Saturday 23 November | 19-21:30

Dunbar Adults Panel Event / Author Reading

Paid (ticketed)

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01620 820 682

The skeletons in the closet, the dark deeds and the murky motives that fuel some of Scottish crime fiction’s most successful authors – we ask what makes murder so appealing to these storytellers, and just what it takes to commit a grisly crime to the page? Expect gripping suspense, smoking guns and red herrings aplenty as we tackle the mystery with four of the finest practitioners of the art of Tartan Noir working today.

The partners in crime who will be taking to the stage are: Tony Black, Barry Graham, Shona MacLean and Douglas Skelton. Tony Black is the author of more than 20 books, most recently Wrecked, his fifth Gus Dury title. He has been nominated for eight CWA Daggers and was runner-up in The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize for The Last Tiger. A former Young Journalist of the Year, his work has also been adapted for the stage and the Ayr Gaiety performance of The Ringer can be found at

Barry Graham is a novelist, poet, essayist and Zen Buddhist monk. His books include The Book of Man, When It All Comes Down to Dust and Kill Your Self: Life After Ego. After 22 years in the U.S.A., he returned to his native Glasgow in 2017.

Shona MacLean is the author of the Alexander Seaton and Damian Seeker historical crime series. Her work has been shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award and three times for the CWA Historical Dagger, winning it in 2015 for The Seeker. She lives near Inverness, where she spends her time dealing with black Labradors, pipe bands and deadlines, usually in that order. Shona can be found at

Douglas Skelton began his writing career in journalism, then penned a number of highly regarded non-fiction titles on crime and criminal history, including co-authoring an examination of a notorious miscarriage of justice. He moved into fiction in 2013 and has produced a string of fast-paced crime thrillers, beginning with the acclaimed Davie McCall series. His final Davie McCall book, Open Wounds, was nominated for the McIlvanney Award in 2016 and his most recent book, Thunder Bay, was similarly honoured in 2019. He is often called to comment on criminal matters for TV and radio.

Tickets include a glass of wine/soft drink. This event is for adults only.

Venue information

The Dunmuir Hotel

11 Newhouse Terrace
Queens Road

EH42 1LG

The hotel is fully accessible.

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