To celebrate 30 years of Edinburgh’s iconic fictional detective, Ian Rankin and the Orion Publishing Group are hosting RebusFest, a weekend of literature, art, film, music, and much more besides, running from 30 June to 2 July.
I had no idea when I published KNOTS AND CROSSES in 1987 that Rebus would still be sharing his adventures – and misadventures – with me thirty years later. It’s a thrill to be spending 2017 celebrating the man, his legacy, and his taste in music. – Ian Rankin
The festival will take place in Edinburgh across various different venues in the city, providing fans and readers with a wonderful opportunity to explore the world of Ian Rankin’s much loved detective.
The weekend consists of several interactive events, live music, walking tours, screenings, food and drinks, and talks on the historic and contemporary influences on Rebus. Immerse yourself in the world of John Rebus with an evening of spoken word and live music at Queens’s Hall, or head along to a crime writing workshop at the National Museum to explore the essential skills and techniques behind writing a piece of crime fiction.
Keep your eyes peeled too for some City of Literature words on the street as we take to the street with surprises and fun around the city, as well as running community events across the weekend.
Ian Rankin, OBE is a Scottish crime fiction writer best known for his Inspector Rebus series. He was born in Fife in 1960 and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982. His first Rebus novels, Knots and Crosses and Hide and Seek, were written as mainstream novels but, to Rankin’s surprise, the books were regarded as genre books, leading him down the subsequently successful route of crime fiction. The Inspector Rebus series – comprising 21 novels plus short stories – have gone on to great success, having also been adapted for television.