Ian Rankin and the Orion Publishing Group today announced plans to mark the thirtieth anniversary of John Rebus, one of crime fiction’s greatest and best-loved creations, with a festival of literature, music, art and film in Rankin and Rebus’s hometown of Edinburgh. RebusFest will reflect the many

facets of the irascible old rogue – a fun-filled, entertaining and revealing weekend is guaranteed. RebusFest will take place over the weekend of 30 June to 2 July and will provide fans and new readers with a wonderful opportunity to explore Rebus’ world and discover the making of an iconic character.

Ian Rankin says: “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. Central to this is RebusFest – a weekend festival in Edinburgh of all things Rebus. I just hope he enjoys all the hoopla – I need him to still be speaking to me afterwards…” The festival, curated by Ian Rankin, will include interactive events, live music, walking tours, screenings, and food and drink, as well as talks on the historic and contemporary influences on Rebus. Experts, artists and performers will join Ian across the weekend to provide a unique insight into one of the most significant and best-loved characters in crime fiction. The full festival line-up will be announced on 17th March, when tickets will go on sale. For further updates and exclusive announcements, fans can visit www.ianrankin.net

RebusFest takes place 30 June – 2 July 2017

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