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Celebrate Rebus with a criminally good weekend of events
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ian Rankin's iconic detective, RebusFest is set to take place in Edinburgh from the 30th June to 2nd July. The event is hosted by Ian Rankin himself, and promises a host of various activities throughout the city.
Starting with Knots and Crosses in 1987, Rankin has since published 22 novels in the Inspector Rebus series, gaining global popularity and critical acclaim. Featuring the hardened and gruff Detective Inspector John Rebus, they are all primarily set in Edinburgh. With both real and invented locations, the novels are firmly grounded in the reality of the city, making it a natural location for the festival.
Many of the novels were adapted for television, with four series of the popular show Rebus running from 2000-2007 on ITV. The first of these featured actor John Hannah in the title role, with Ken Scott replacing him for the subsequent three series. A new TV adaptation was also announced by Rankin on 9th May, promising even more Rebus entertainment.
The festival is curated by the author himself, and aims to have several interactive events and to celebrate the various historic and contemporary influences which helped to create and inspire Rebus. Some of the events on the programme include a Highland Park Whiskey Masterclass at The Caledonian Hotel, Rebus inspired walking tours, talks and book signings with Ian Rankin, curator talks at The National Museum of Scotland, and a film screening at Edinburgh Filmhouse.
This is a festival for any fan of crime fiction, and most of the events are reasonably priced between £10-£20. However, some of the events are free and only require a ticket. There are still free spaces for some of the events, so click here to view the full programme to find what tickles your fancy.