The programme for Scotland's first crime-writing festival has been launched.

Bloody Scotland has events covering forensics, ebooks and debates on the ethics of crime writing, as well as a discussion entitled "This house believes it's time a crime novel won the Man Booker".

Authors Quintin Jardine and Christopher Brookmyre attended the launch at Stirling's Old Town Jail yesterday.

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The festival, in Stirling from September 14 to 16, will also mark three key events in Scottish crime writing: the 125th anniversary of the publication of the first Sherlock Holmes story; William McIlvanney will discuss the 35th anniversary of his book Laidlaw; and Ian Rankin will speak on the 25th anniversary of the birth of Rebus.

Crime writer Val McDermid said: "If Scotland does go for independence, there's one thing we won't be short of: we've already got more than our fair share of top-class crime writers, and plenty of them will be on show at Bloody Scotland."