It’s hard to believe but 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Rebus, Ian Rankin’s brilliant detective and brilliant, award-winning, best-selling series. Twenty books later, Detective Inspector John Rebus is now an international institution, not only a publishing phenomenon but also a very good TV adaptation. It started with John Hannah, but really took flight when Ken Stott took on the role and even though there haven’t been any new Rebuses in a few years, you can still catch them on channels like Drama and Alibi in repeat form. In the meantime, Rankin has announced that there will be a Rebus Festival in June to celebrate the anniversary.
Rankin says: “I had no idea when I published Knots And Crosses in 1987 that Rebus would still be sharing his adventures – and misadventures – with me thirty years later. It’s a thrill to be spending 2017 celebrating the man, his legacy, and his taste in music. Central to this is RebusFest – a weekend festival in Edinburgh of all things Rebus. I just hope he enjoys all the hoopla – I need him to still be speaking to me afterwards…”
The festival, curated by Rankin, will include interactive events, live music, walking tours, screenings, and food and drink, as well as talks on the historic and contemporary influences on Rebus. Experts, artists and performers will join Ian across the weekend to provide a unique insight into one of the most significant and best-loved characters in crime fiction. The festival will take place between 30th June and 2nd July.
More news as I get it.