The Tartan Noir Show

Bloody brilliant Scottish crime writing! The Tartan Noir Show is a new literary podcast hosted by Theresa Talbot, celebrating the world’s best crime writing and storytelling. Featuring live event recordings, one-on-one interviews and exclusive readings from crime writing giants including Val McDermid, Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre. Listen to this gripping and informative podcast for mesmerising character-based stories and backstage access to the world of Scottish crime writing.


episode 1: Val McDermid: Scotland's Queen of Crime

What better way to begin The Tartan Noir Show than with The Queen of Crime, Val McDermid? Theresa Talbot talks to Val about her new book, which is not about crime and death, but about hope! 'Imagine a Country' is a collection of essays by prominent Scots, edited by Val and geographer, Jo Sharp. But, not straying from crime fiction for too long, Val and Theresa discuss the Godfather of Tartan Noir - the influential William McIlvanney, and his Laidlaw trilogy. We also hear William’s son, author, Liam McIlvanney, in conversation with broadcaster, Janice Forsyth, after he’d won the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year for The Quaker, at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival.

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