Ian Rankin

REVIEW – Dark Road, Lyceum


Ian Rankin and Mark Thomson’s Dark Road is far from a straight one. Lined with buried secrets and shadowy motives, it twists and turns, creating a tangible sense of unease before arriving at its unsettling, edge-of-the-seat climax. Chief Superintendent Isobel McArthur (Maureen Beattie) is nearing retirement. Wanting to ensure she continues to support herself and […]

PREVIEW – Dark Road, Lyceum Theatre

Although Ian Rankin has ventured away from the world of novels before, he has — up until now — never taken his words to the stage. That changes this month, with what is possibly The Lyceum’s most eagerly anticipated season opener in years, Dark Road. Written by Rankin in collaboration with Lyceum director Mark Thomson, […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – Horror & Weirdness, A Scottish Peculiarity

“Is it because half of the year it’s very dark?” asks Margaret Atwood, wondering what it is about Scotland which seems to draw its writers to the sinister and supernatural. “With nothing but whisky,” replies Ian Rankin, whose own novels may not have strong supernatural elements, but certainly still take a walk on the dark […]

BOOK FESTIVAL – A Celebration of Iain Banks

Tonight, everyone in the packed main tent of the Edinburgh International Book Festival felt like a friend of the late Iain Banks — whether they’d met him or not. This was thanks to a moving, poignant but above all hugely enjoyable event, where Brian Taylor chaired Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Ken MacLeod — there […]


“The first few pages were really nerve wracking,” says Ian Rankin, talking about bringing back Inspector John Rebus after a five year ‘pause’ in 2012’s Standing In Another Man’s Grave. “But then it was like he’d never been away…desperate for a fag, and desperate for a pint.” Rankin’s many fans are obviously delighted at the […]

REVIEW – A New Year’s Day Conversation, National Gallery of Scotland

1 Jan. 2011, 1400 (1515) @ National Gallery of Scotland Review by Danielle Farrow Full of humour and a feeling of camaraderie, this New Year’s Conversation with Edinburgh-based crime writers Lin Anderson and Ian Rankin was a good’un. Catherine Lockerbie (founding Trustee of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature, among other literary connections) lead the conversation with […]

PREVIEW – Edinburgh International Book Festival

From 14th-30th August, Charlotte Square Gardens will once more be transformed into an oasis of calm amidst the rest of the Festival madness, with the appearance of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Firmly established in the literary calendar, the Book Festival draws writers from all over the world: from Nobel laureates to first-time authors; from […]

EVENT – Edinburgh Canal Festival & Raft Race, 26 June

Now in its fourth year, the Edinburgh Canal Festival and Raft Race takes place on Saturday 26 June.  Kicking off at 10am, with the offical opening at 12pm, you can download the 2010 programme here.  This year’s event will be opened by none other than local resident Ian Rankin and as well as the fun-filled […]

INTERVIEW – Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin, prolific Edinburgh-based writer and creator of Inspector Rebus, answers our questions in this exclusive interview. We ask about his views on the city; as well as his recent work, including Dark Entries – Ian’s first (and last?) graphic novel – and his work on the screenplay for Confessions of a Justified Sinner. What […]