Comhairle Library Service Launches Murder Mystery Play Competition

The March murder mystery, held at Stornoway Library in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles, is one of the most popular library events of the year. This year there was sadly no play, but instead we are announcing a great opportunity for aspiring writers to come up with the script for a new play, to be performed in the library in 2021.

The competition, for ages 16 years and up, is for a play for 4 or 5 characters and entries must follow the particular format the crime writer, Ann Cleeves, created for the very first play performed at Stornoway Library in 2012. Ann wrote The Body in the Library, among other murder plays, especially for libraries so that they can hold entertaining events to promote books and encourage new people to visit.

Since that first performance, the library – with Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles, have held a number of other successful and hugely entertaining murder mystery evenings, all penned by Ann Cleeves.

Marion MacInnes, Locality Leader for Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles said:

“We look forward to this event every year, but this year thought that it was the perfect time to give someone the opportunity to create a new play script and a competition seemed to perfect way to go. It may be murder, but the plays we have held are always fun and intriguing. It’s the perfect way for the audience to test their little grey cells and raise much-needed funds for the service.”

The writer of the winning entry will receive a £50 prize and the great honour of their play being performed at Stornoway Library – and maybe at other libraries – next year. Entries must be submitted by 31 October.

Details for the competition can be found on the Join in from Home section of the Your Lockdown Library website of the Comhairle –


For more information, contact the library service at 01851 822744 / (Join in from Home)

Ann Cleeves (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)