Re­bus au­thor con­firms book fest date

The Oban Times - - News -

SKYE Book Fes­ti­val-go­ers are in for a spe­cial treat this year, as crime writer Ian Rankin has con­firmed his at­ten­dance.

In the same week he an­nounced his fa­mous de­tec­tive, John Re­bus, is to re­turn to tele­vi­sion screens af­ter a 10year ab­sence, Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful crime writer, Ian Rankin, brought ‘the best news imag­in­able’ to fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers.

The Fife-born au­thor said he is ‘de­lighted and hon­oured’ to read from some of his work, and meet with the au­di­ence to dis­cuss the ori­gins of his char­ac­ter Re­bus.

Fes­ti­val chair­man and Aros di­rec­tor Don­ald Mac­don­ald said: ‘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 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.

This year’s event will run from Au­gust 31 to Septem­ber 2. 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.

Early ticket pur­chase is ad­vised for the Macrae Bur­net and Rankin events, which will be held at Portree’s Aros Cen­tre.

Ian Rankin.

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