Saturday 18 March 2017


Ian Rankin announced details of the programme for RebusFest, a weekend of literature, music, art and film in Rebus’s hometown of Edinburgh, which takes place from 30th June to 2nd July 2017. The three-day festival, curated by Rankin, marks the thirtieth anniversary of John Rebus, one of crime fiction’s greatest and best-loved creations. Tickets are on sale from Friday 17th March at 

The Orion Publishing Group, which has published Ian Rankin since the company was founded 25 years ago, is working with a range of partners to create an unforgettable weekend, offering fans the chance to step into Rebus’s world. The Edinburgh International Book Festival is proud to be the main partner of RebusFest and Waterstones are the official bookseller for the festival. Other supporters include National Museums Scotland, the City of Literature Trust, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Highland Park.

• Highland Park Whisky Masterclass at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian
• A Night Out with Rebus at Queen’s Hall, an evening of spoken word and live music from Ian Rankin and friends, exploring the relationship between Rebus and music.

Written in Blood: A Crime Writing Workshop at the National Museum of Scotland
• A special screening of Ian Rankin’s Reichenbach Falls (2007), followed by a Q&A with Ian Rankin, at the Filmhouse in partnership with the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Making a Detective With Ian Rankin and Special Guests in partnership with the Assembly Rooms: an evening delving into the world of Rebus, finding out what makes him tick, his background and origins and the inspiration for the character a panel of experts will discuss Edinburgh crime past and present, and what really goes on in a police investigation.

RebusFest Quiz: So You Think You Know Rebus at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, co-hosted by Ian Rankin

Running across the weekend in addition to events and panels are Rebus walking tours, Highland Park whisky tastings at the Caley Bar, exhibitions and museum trails. The City of Literature Trust is running community events and taking to the streets with special surprises around the city. The Writers’ Museum is hosting a special Rankin/Rebus exhibition, which opens at RebusFest and continues across the summer. The National Museum of Scotland will be holding a talk on the Arthur’s Seat Coffins – the exhibition that inspired THE FALLS, and curating a ‘Museum Noir’ trail of mysterious and murderous objects from the museum’s collection.

Ian Rankin says: “It's hard for me to believe that it's been 30 years since John Rebus first appeared between the pages of a book. For someone who was only supposed to exist in a single novel, his tenacity has surprised even me. But readers have grown to love him, irascible and bull-headed as he often is. It's a joy for me to be celebrating his life so far in the form of his very own festival. What John would make of it, only he knows!

Edinburgh International Book Festival says: “It is a great pleasure for the Edinburgh International Book Festival to be supporting RebusFest. Ian Rankin has been a great friend and stalwart champion of the Book Festival, with no August being complete without Ian entertaining audiences with the latest adventures of Rebus. Over 30 years, Ian has achieved extraordinary success, captivating readers and creating an iconic literary figure who lives beyond the pages of the novels to inhabit the literary imagination of Edinburgh, the first UNESCO City of Literature. It is only fitting that John Rebus now has his own festival!

With activities and events that reflect all facets of the irascible old rogue RebusFest is guaranteed to be a fun-filled, entertaining and revealing weekend and a must for all crime fans.

RATHER BE THE DEVIL by Ian Rankin is published in trade paperback, £9.99
REBUSFEST: Celebrating 30 years of the iconic detective runs from 30 June to 2 July 2017

For full programme information visit

Tickets are on sale from 17 March 2017

For more information on Ian Rankin and RebusFest contact: Angela McMahon Flow Communications

T: 07753 384711

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