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A damn good read – Queen of Crime Val McDermid on The First Modern...

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Her novels have been translated into 40 languages and sold 16 million copies worldwide, so Val McDermid knows a thing or two about crime writing.The winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for...

Dean Owens has a new single out today – A Song For the Dark...

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The new single released this week by Edinburgh singer Dean Owens has the same title as Ian Rankin's latest book, and that is completely deliberate.The singer was chatting with Ian Rankin at the...

Pataka – highly-recommended and had to be tested

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Author Ian Rankin is said to be a regular customer of Pataka and the restaurant is featured in two of his books, Set In Darkness and Standing In Another Man's Grave. I enjoy visiting the...

Ian Rankin gifts his archive to Scotland

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The UK’s biggest-selling crime novelist, Ian Rankin, has donated his literary archive to the National Library of Scotland. We know he was moving house recently, and may need some room in his new pad,...

Great support for the #bookwumman and Streetreads

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At the relaunch of Streetreads yesterday we met some distinguished authors and readers. That well known booklover, the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon told me she is reading the latest Ian Rankin book at the...

Rebus play halted as actor Charles Lawson falls ill on stage at the King’s...

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The opening night of 'Rebus: Long Shadows' at the King's Theatre was halted last night when lead actor Charles Lawson fell ill and was unable to continue.Midway through the second half, during a scene with...

Theatre – Rebus latest – Edinburgh sleuth following new lead

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REBUS: LONG SHADOWSBy Ian Rankin. Adapted by Rona MunroAt King’s Theatre Edinburgh Monday 8 to Saturday 13 October 2018On the wagon and on the case again, auld reeking skeletons from the past are about to rattle...

Theatre preview – So, Rebus Positive

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 REBUS: LONG SHADOWS by Ian RankinAdapted by Rona MunroKing’s Theatre Edinburgh Monday 8 to Saturday 13 October 2018This new story exploding on to a home territory stage features crock 'n roll Oxford Bar-fly shamus, John...

2018 Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival is biggest ever

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This year's Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival in the Scottish Borders will take place in Melrose from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 June.Now considered one of the premier festivals in Britain, the event offers its largest...

Author Ian Rankin urges Scots to have an eye test

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Author Ian Rankin who is a great supporter of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) urges people across Scotland to have an eye test.35% of Scots admit that they have eyes issues...

Long Live The King’s! Ambassadors announce pledge to support £25 million regeneration.

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The Festival City Theatres Trust has announced a number of high profile Cultural Ambassadors for the capital campaign to transform the King’s Theatre Edinburgh and, by extension, invigorate the Tollcross environs.John Byrne, Andy Gray, Bill Paterson, Ian...

Ian Rankin announces another Rebus novel

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Even though we are still not sure if there is a panda cub on the way, the world keeps on turning and crime writer Ian Rankin confirmed that he is writing the next Rebus...

Ian Rankin – on show at The Writers’ Museum

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Although he is not so old Crime writer Ian Rankin  is now a museum piece. At the Writers' Museum on Lady Stair's Close there is an exhibition of some of his personal items such as...

RebusFest to mark 30 years of crime

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Author Ian Rankin is best known for his detective character Rebus, and now he is to mark the thirtieth anniversary with a festival of literature, music, art and film.Rankin is a music lover and...

Cameo Cinema announce special “Curated By” Fringe shows

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The Cameo cinema in Tollcross has just released details of this year’s “Curated By” season; a series of one-off events during the Fringe that will include a selection of films presented by high-profile comics and...

Clocking life: William McIlvanney and Jenni Fagan

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'The moment crackled like an electric storm' Lines like this would be gold dust to most writers, but in William McIlvanney's books they just keep on coming. This man, the creator of Jack Laidlaw, the...

Val McDermid on top form at the Central Library

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'My life', says Val McDermid, 'is a testament to the power of books: they made me.' This may well be true, but Val has also made quite a few books herself.  Prodigious writer, frequent broadcaster, entertaining...

Author Neil Broadfoot launches Falling Fast

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Twenty-five years ago, Neil Broadfoot made a promise to his Gran; that promise sustained him through all the trials and tribulations of writing his first novel.  On Wednesday night at Looking Glass Books Neil...

VIDEO Ian Rankin supporting Parkinson’s Awareness Week

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Crime writer Ian Rankin is supporting Parkinson’s Awareness Week and we met him at  Kiki’s café which is one of 270 cafes across the UK who have signed up to take part in the...

Ian Rankin now on display at Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Alexander McCall Smith commissioned a portrait of crime writer Ian Rankin and he has presented it to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery where it can be viewed now. The painting is described as meticulous...

Ian Rankin presents Best Bar None awards

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A scheme to recognise and reward well-run pubs, bars and clubs in Edinburgh is holding an awards ceremony today to celebrate those premises with the best working practices.The Best Bar None Edinburgh awards ceremony,...

Celebrities back Barnardo’s ‘Create my memories’ Campaign

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Barnardo’s Scotland fostering is calling for potential foster carers across Edinburgh to consider whether they can help create happy childhood memories for children in care.Celebrities* from Scotland and across UK are backing the campaign...

Theatre review: Dark Road, Lyceum Theatre (***)

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Why do we see so many cop shows on TV and so few on the stage? That’s precisely the question that Edinburgh’s renowned crime writer Ian Rankin poses in the programme to his new...

Writers Conference revived after 50 years at Edinburgh International Book Festival

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The Edinburgh International Book Festival has announced the delegates who will attend sessions in the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference this August. The Edinburgh events of this worldwide conference, which is an ambitious programming partnership...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2012 launched today

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Ian Rankin celebrates 25 years of Rebus as well as giving a sneak preview of his new novel; poet Alice Oswald gives a rare reading of Memorial, her reimagining of Homer’s Iliad; and Scottish...

Previously….with Ian Rankin and Nigel Planer…

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 Previously is a history festival and if you hurry up you can still catch one or two of the 200+ events which have been organised in the city. What you are unable to do...

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