Take four crime writers, who happen to be blokes.
Give them a main character and a murder weapon.
Then watch them take it in turns to create a crime story before your very eyes!
The result is fun, often wacky and NEVER predictable. The four writers – in alphabetical order in case any of them have an ego rush – are:
Neil Broadfoot, Gordon Brown, Mark Leggatt and Douglas Skelton.
The shows have had audiences rolling the aisles in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dumfries, Stirling, Bute and Newcastle. Loosening the legs of the seating helped. They have appeared at Bloody Scotland, Newcastle Noir and the Byres Road Festival. Watch out for them coming to a venue near you.
The Four Blokes
Neil Broadfoot worked as a journalist for 15 years at both national and local newspapers, including The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Evening News, covering some of the biggest stories of the day. A poacher turned gamekeeper, he has since moved into communications: providing media relations advice for a variety of organisations in the public and private sector. Neil is married to Fiona and a father to two girls, meaning he's completely outnumbered in his own home. He lives in Dunfermline, the setting for his first job as a local reporter. His fourth book, No Man’s Land was longlisted for the 2019 McIlvanney Prize. His fifth, No Place to Die, published by Constable is out now.
Gordon has six crime and thriller books published to date, along with a number of short stories. His latest novel, Highest Lives, published by Strident Publishing, is the fourth in the Craig McIntyre series. Gordon has also just agreed a book deal with Polygon for a new crime book to be launched in April 2020. He also helped found Bloody Scotland, Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival (see www.bloodyscotland.com), am a DJ on local radio (www.pulseonair.co.uk) and runs a strategic planning consultancy. Gordon lives in Scotland and is married with two children. In a former life he delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non-alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business, floated a high-tech company on the London Stock Exchange, compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.
Douglas began his authorial career writing about true crime and Scottish criminal history. With Lisa Brownlie he investigated a notorious miscarriage of justice and their subsequent book helped kickstart a campaign to have two men cleared of a crime they insisted they did not commit. He has been a newspaper editor, journalist, an investigator for Glasgow solicitors, bank clerk, civil servant, shelf stacker, meat porter, progress chaser (he still doesn’t know what that is), taxi driver (for two days) and wine waiter (for two hours). His novel OPEN WOUNDS was longlisted for the inaugural McIlvanney Award for Scottish Crime Writing in 2016 and his latest book, Thunder Bay, published by Polygon, was also long listed for the McIlvanney Prize 2019.
Mark was born in Lochee, Dundee and lives in Edinburgh. A former specialist in Disaster Recovery for oil companies and global banks, his career has taken him around Europe, especially Paris, where he lived for a number of years. History and modern global conspiracy lie at the heart of his work, and are the backdrop for the adventures of CIA technician Connor Montrose. The third book in the series, ‘The Silk Road’ was be launched in 2019.