In the same week as he has announced that his famous Detective, John Rebus, is to return to television screens after a 10-year absence, Britain’s most successful crime writer, Ian Rankin, has brought “the best news imaginable” to Skye Book Festival organisers. The Fife-born author has confirmed that he is “delighted and honoured” to read from some of his work and meet with Festival-goers in Portree on 1st September to talk about the origins of his alter-ego character, John Rebus.
Festival Chairman and Aros Director, Donald Macdonald, said, on getting the news this week, “Skye Book Festival has gone from strength to strength over the six years of its existence but we little imagined that we could attract one of the country’s best-known writers when he is at the peak of his success with the work underway for more Rebus on TV. It is fantastic news and will ensure our festival will be busier than ever this year.”
The Skye Book Festival has rapidly carved a niche for itself nationally with past attractions including Val McDermid, Donald S Murray, Sally Magnusson, Peter May, Roger Hutchinson, Lady Claire Macdonald and the launch of both volumes of the best-selling Great Book of Skye. It also features a Poetry Walk each year as part of the regular programme.
Organisers of the Skye Book Festival have already confirmed the attendance this year of Graeme Macrae Burnet, whose second novel, His Bloody Project, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 and won Saltire fiction book of the year 2016. They advise early purchase of tickets for the Macrae Burnet and Ian Rankin events which will be held at Portree’s Aros Centre.
The new Rebus series will be made by London production firm Eleventh Hour Films, which is behind BBC’s new Blood and ITV’s Foyle’s War though it has not yet been announced which channel will broadcast the new Rebus series.
Author: Skye Book Festival Committee Member, Professor Norman Macdonald
Date: 10 February 2017