Crime and Song in Cromarty

6 Mar 2013 in Highland, Music, Writing


Friday April 12th – Sunday April 14th


To kick off the very first Crime and Thrillers weekend in Cromarty, on Friday April 12th, Cromarty Arts Trust will be hosting a Murder Mystery dinner at the Royal Hotel in Cromarty. A gruesome and grizzly murder will happen before your very eyes but who done it? That is the question.

The weekend will continue with 4 of the best exponents of this genre –

Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Anne Perry and David Hewson.

Thanks to an award from Creative Scotland, this has given the Cromarty Arts Trust an opportunity to work with partners in Cromarty and the Black Isle to present this event.

On Saturday and Sunday, our writers will be giving illustrated talks on their own books and styles of writing. This format will be of great interest to those budding writers out there as well as aficionados of the Crime and Thrillers genre. Sessions will be held all over Cromarty: at the Stables, Victoria Hall, the Brewery and the Courthouse.

Books will be on sale and book signings will be happening too.


Ian Rankin, OBE, DL is one of Scotland’s best known crime writers known for his Inspector Rebus novels. He has also written several pieces of literary criticism. Originally from Fife he now has an international reputation with many awards to his credit including the Cartier Diamond Dagger, Edgar Award for Best Novel, Grand Prix de Littérature Policière – International Category

Val McDermid is a Scottish crime writer, best known for a series of suspense novels starring her most famous creation, Dr. Tony Hill. She is one of the biggest names in UK crime writing. Her novels have been translated into 30 languages, sold over 10 million copies worldwide and well over 1 million in the UK. Val’s awards include Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award,




Anne Perry is an English author of historical detective fiction now living in Ross Shire. Anne’s publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. It was filmed and broadcast on ITV featuring a young Keely Hawes.. Midnight At Marble Arch is the latest in the series, released September 2012. Her awards include the Agatha Award for Best Novel, Edgar Award for Best Short Story, Agatha Award for Best Short Story


David Hewson is a contemporary British author of mystery novels. His series of mysteries, featuring police officers in Rome, led by the young detective and art lover Nic Costa, began with A Season for the Dead. In June 2011 it was announced Hewson would write the novels based upon the first two series of the Danish TV series The Killing.


Details of the weekend:

Saturday 13th April 11am – 1pm Ian Rankin ‘Bringing Rebus Back’

Saturday 13th April 11am – 1pm David Hewson ‘The Killing – Between TV and Fiction’

Saturday 13th April 2.30-4.30 Val McDermid ‘Killing People for Fun and Profit’

Saturday 13th April 2.30-4.30 Anne Perry ‘Put Your Heart on the Page!’


Saturday Concert and Supper at Resolis Hall from 6.30pm featuring the incredible Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today. Come and enjoy some good old time bluegrass music!


Sunday 14th April 11am – 1pm Ian Rankin and Val McDermid

‘The Vitality of Scottish Crime Fiction’

Sunday 14th April 11am – 1pm Anne Perry and David Hewson

‘Research, Location and Background’


Sunday 14th April 2.30-4.30

A Question and Answer Session with all 4 authors followed by a Book Signing


For more information and to book your place, please contact:

The Cromarty Arts Trust, Ardyne, 19 Bank Street, Cromarty, The Black Isle IV11 8YE

Phone 01381 600354 or email:


Sing into Spring with Corrina Hewat!

A whole weekend of Singing will be held in the Stables at Cromarty on Sat 23rd and 24th March. This 2 day workshop from 11-4pm with Corrina Hewat will include relaxing warm ups for the voice concentrating on the simpler, shorter and quicker to learn songs that bring instant rewards and maximum fun. Some good time warm ups too that are instantly harmonious and also more complex pieces in several parts that offer the opportunity for a good sing.

The weekend will continue learning songs – traditional and original that will challenge and tickle your vocal chords. This style of workshop has proved to be very popular with new and experienced singers alike.

Having just come back from the very first Celtic Connections Song School at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Corrina is keen to share some of her songs in her own special style. Here’s an opportunity to sing your socks off in Cromarty while gaining confidence in finding harmonies.

No need to read music, just bring a voice and a smile and you will be amazed at the sound the group produces under her skillful guidance. This event is run in partnership with Feis Rois and Cromarty Arts Trust.

Cost for the 2 days is £60 which includes soup and sandwich lunch.

For bookings please contact Morag MacDonald at Feis Rois on 01349 862600

And for those of who who fancy a weekly singing session, why not come along to Rosemarkie Village Hall on Wednesday nights from 7-9pm or the Muir of Ord Library on Mondays from 7,30-9.30. Lots of good fun and learning songs as well. For details contact Caroline Hewat on 01381 600354.

Source: Cromarty Arts Trust