Haddo hosts crime and mystery festival

A NEW crime and mystery festival will be staged in the autumn at Haddo House and other National Trust for Scotland’s properties in Aberdeenshire as part of the Year of Creative Scotland, 2012.

During the weekend October 19-21, visitors will be able to hear some of their favourite crime writers reading chilling tales of crime and passion, in some of Scotland’s most stunning settings.

There will also be films, workshops, crime-themed tours of Fyvie Castle and Castle Fraser as well as Haddo House. Children will be able to become ‘detectives’ for the day by collecting clues, dusting for fingerprints and taking part in a ‘crime scene investigation’.

The festival is a partnership project between Public Image Events and NTS.

Emma Henderson, Director of Public Image Events, said: “Crime writing is extremely popular and Scotland has a growing number of brilliant new crime writers as well as many internationally best selling authors.

“Haddo House and the other NTS properties in the area are extremely atmospheric and the perfect setting for a festival of crime.”

Steve Callaghan, North-east Group Manager for the National Trust for Scotland, said: “Our properties in the North-east are places where real crimes of passion and conflict have taken place and are steeped in history.

“They are extremely popular with visitors year-round, and most of our members come from the North-east and are great supporters of our events programme. The National Trust for Scotland is delighted to be putting on this event, which celebrates not only Scotland’s passion for crime history but also its love of crime fiction.”