Jenni Fagan’s AAA Edinburgh

Jenni Fagan’s AAA Edinburgh

Jenni Fagan was born in Livingston, and lives in Portobello – a seaside town in Edinburgh. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. Jenni was selected as one of the Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2013 after the publication of her astonishing debut novel, The Panopticon. Her most recent novel, 2016’s The Sunlight…

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Ian Rankin joins giants of Scottish literature at Writers’ Museum

Ian Rankin joins giants of Scottish literature at Writers’ Museum

Joining the ranks of Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh author Ian Rankin is celebrated in a new exhibition at Edinburgh’s Writers’ Museum. A rare selection of personal items, manuscripts and images belonging to the best-selling writer are displayed in a new exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of his much-loved super sleuth, Detective Inspector Rebus. Co-curated between the author and the Museum, Rebus30 explores the relationship between Rankin and his character, and…

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Ian Rankin announces dates for RebusFest

Ian Rankin announces dates for RebusFest

Edinburgh crime writer Ian Rankin has announced the dates for RebusFest, a celebration of 30 years of his iconic cop Inspector John Rebus. RebusFest, which takes place in Edinburgh from 30 June to 2 July, will be a festival of arts, literature, music and film and will be your chance to step into Rebus’ world and explore the making of much-loved iconic detective. Speaking about the event, Rankin says: “I had no idea when I published Knots…

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Review: Saint Jude’s Infirmary at Sneaky Pete’s

Review: Saint Jude’s Infirmary at Sneaky Pete’s

“At the time you imagine that you left some sort of mark, some imprint, to show for the flower of your youth, but coming before camera phones and the internet, there isn’t all that much out there.” So said Grant Campbell, Saint Jude’s Infirmary bassist and chief songwriter, in an interview with AAA Edinburgh, days before the five-piece made their return to the live stage after a seven-year hiatus. On Friday night at Sneaky Pete’s,…

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Interview: Saint Jude’s Infirmary

Interview: Saint Jude’s Infirmary

In one of our most popular posts from last year, Saint Jude’s Infirmary clocked in at No.1 on our ‘Five Edinburgh Bands Sadly No More’ feature. “We’re still scratching our heads as to why Saint Jude’s Infirmary didn’t make it big,” wrote AAA content editor Gary Flockhart, “but perhaps you get what you ask for when you name your band after the patron saint of lost causes.”  Or perhaps you don’t. You see, Saint Jude’s…

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Tim Burgess and Ian Rankin join forces at Book Festival

Tim Burgess and Ian Rankin join forces at Book Festival

In what’s sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, indie music icon Tim Burgess is set to appear in a special one-off event alongside Capital crime writer Ian Rankin. In his memoir Telling Stories, the frontman of The Charlatans lifted the lid on life with the iconic band and their experiences at the heart of the 1990s ‘Madchester’ scene. On Thursday, 18 August, Burgess will be joined by bestselling author and well-known rock junkie…

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Ian Rankin to teach budding crime writers the tricks of the trade

Ian Rankin to teach budding crime writers the tricks of the trade

Edinburgh crime writer Ian Rankin is set to embark on an exciting new chapter in his storied career when he begins lecturing on creative writing later this year, it has been reported. The Inspector Rebus creator will teach students in the field of crime writing when he takes up his new post in September – although he is still to confirm where he will teach. “I am taking up a creative writing post later in the year, so I…

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Ian Rankin reveals details of new Inspector Rebus novel

Ian Rankin reveals details of new Inspector Rebus novel

Edinburgh crime writer Ian Rankin has revealed the title of his next Inspector Rebus novel. In a short video posted on his Twitter account, Rankin said: “The title of my new book is going to be Rather Be The Devil. It’s a song by John Martyn. I’m a big fan of John Martyn, so is Rebus, and this is a Rebus novel. “Siobhan [Clarke] is there, Malcolm Fox is there, [Big Ger] Cafferty is there… the…

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