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 am starting to think about that,” the 55-year-old told the Scottish Daily Mail.

“I am going to be thinking about all these things – ‘why should you be a crime writer, what does crime fiction do that other forms don’t do?'”

As reported on AAA Edinburgh, Rankin revealed the title of his next Inspector Rebus novel a fortnight ago.

In a short video posted on his Twitter account, the 55-year-old 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 whole gang is back in town.

“It’s going to be published later this year. I’ve not quite finished it yet. I hope you enjoy it. I’m enjoying writing it… so far.”

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature.

These days he’s the most widely-read crime novelist in the UK, with worldwide sales of more than 30 million for his Inspector Rebus novels, and awards galore.

A few months back, Rankin took part in AAA’s exclusive My Edinburgh series, in which he told us some of the things he loves most about his adopted hometown.

Read Ian Rankin’s AAA Edinburgh here

Author Ian Rankin answers questions from AAA Edinburgh