RebusFest

 

Hosted by IAN RANKIN and the Orion Publishing Group REBUSFEST is a weekend of literature, art, film, music and more to celebrate 30 years of the iconic detective. Taking place in Rankin and Rebus’ hometown of EDINBURGH, this is your chance to step in the world of your favourite detective for an unmissable weekend.

Planning your visit? Use our handy festival map to get your bearings, and see below for details of what you need to know for each event.

Programmes will be available at each venue or you can download one here. For all sold out events, please contact each venue for returns. Please do not turn up at events without a ticket.

Members of the RebusFest team will be available all weekend to answer any questions you might have. Look out for staff wearing RebusFest lanyards at each venue.

 

FRIDAY 30TH JUNE

4.30pm – HIGHLAND PARK WHISKY MASTERCLASS – SOLD OUT

At: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

Join us for this exclusive Highland Park whisky tasting at the Caledonian Hotel, a well-known Edinburgh (and Rebus) landmark). Hosted by Martin Markvardsen, the brand’s Senior Brand Ambassador, he will walk you through why Highland Park stands apart from other single malt Scotch whiskies and why Rebus is a fan.  The tasting will include 4 special Highland Park whiskies including Highland Park Rebus30, 10 Year Old.

7.30 pm, A NIGHT OUT WITH REBUS, FEATURING IAN RANKIN AND GUESTS

At: Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street

Immerse yourself in the world of John Rebus with an evening of spoken word and live music, curated by and featuring Ian Rankin.  Confirmed artists include Blue Rose Code, Michael Weston King and Kirsty Law.

Duration: 2 hours, 30 mins approx. Tickets £20.50 and £22.50.

Buy tickets here, or by calling 0131 668 2019.

Includes book signing with Ian Rankin after the event. Ian will try to sign any books that you bring with you during the signing. However, we only have limited time in the venue so signing will be first come, first served. We cannot guarantee we will get through everyone on the night but we will do our best!

Make sure to bring some cash with you – Ian will announce a surprise on the night!

SATURDAY 1ST JULY

11am, WRITTEN IN BLOOD: A CRIME WRITING WORKSHOP – SOLD OUT

At: National Musuem of Scotland

Inspired by the collections of the National Museum of Scotland, author Doug Johnstone will lead this workshop on writing crime fiction. Doug has published eight novels, most recently Crash Land (Faber & Faber). His novel The Jump, was a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year in 2016. Designed for aspiring crime fiction authors of all levels , this workshop will focus on developing essential skills in crime writing and explore the techniques behind character, plot, dialogue, pacing and atmosphere.

1.15pm, EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PRESENT Reichenbach Falls screening plus Q&A with Ian Rankin – SOLD OUT

At: Edinburgh Filmhouse, Lothian Road

A special EIFF event to launch Filmhouse’s new Guest Programmer initiative, which also screens as part of Rebusfest – a festival of literature, music, art and film in Ian Rankin and Rebus’ hometown of Edinburgh.

Reichenbach Falls : Wry and obsessive DI Buchan is a cop on the edge; suave and self-assured Jack Harvey is a best-selling crime novelist with the world at his feet. As Buchan probes a 100-year-old cold case, his investigation takes him on a journey into the Scottish capital’s literary past that will cause him to question his very existence and set him on a collision course with his onetime friend…

Written by James Mavor and based on an original idea by Ian Rankin, Reichenbach Falls (commissioned as part of BBC Four’s fifth birthday celebrations) is a captivating crime drama that reflects Rankin’s enduring fascination with his home town of Edinburgh.

EIFF and Filmhouse are delighted to welcome Mr. Rankin to the cinema for a post-screening discussion. Ian Rankin will not be able to sign books at this event.

Duration: 2 hours, 45 mins

Tickets: £8/£6 concessions. SOLD OUT. Contact venue for any cancellations.

1.30pm – TICKETS AVAILABLE, 4.30pm – SOLD OUT, HIGHLAND PARK WHISKY MASTERCLASS

At: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

Join us for this exclusive Highland Park whisky tasting at the Caledonian Hotel, a well-known Edinburgh (and Rebus) landmark). Hosted by Martin Markvardsen, the brand’s Senior Brand Ambassador, he will walk you through why Highland Park stands apart from other single malt Scotch whiskies and why Rebus is a fan.  The tasting will include 4 special Highland Park whiskies including Highland Park Rebus30, 10 Year Old.

Duration: 1 hour. Tickets: £20.

Buy tickets here

2pm, CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND DEATH TOUR – SOLD OUT

At: National Museum of Scotland

Join our guide on a tour of all things crime in the National Museum of Scotland, with exhibits selected by Ian Rankin.

Duration: 1 hour. Tickets £6, £5 Members & Conc.

Buy tickets here or call 0300 123 6789

7.30pm, REBUSFEST AND ASSEMBLY ROOMS PRESENT: MAKING A DETECTIVE. With Ian Rankin and special guests. Hosted by Kirsty Wark. – SOLD OUT

At: Assembly Rooms, George St

Explore the making of one of the world’s most famous detectives as Ian Rankin reveals his inspiration for Rebus, where he came from and how he thinks.

Ian will be joined by a panel of experts to discuss Edinburgh’s criminal underworld, past and present, as well as forensics and detectives from Police Scotland to reveal what REALLY happens in a crime investigation.

Duration: 2 hours, 30 mins approx. Tickets £20

Includes book signing with Ian Rankin after the event. Due to time constraints and number of attendees, we cannot guarantee that copies other than those bought on the night will be signed by Ian Rankin. One book only will be signed per person. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but we will try to sign as many books as possible. For every purchase you will receive a free RebusFest tote bag and commemorative stamp in your book. 

SUNDAY 2ND JULY

1pm, REBUSFEST QUIZ: SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW REBUS? Hosted by Ian Rankin and Phill Jupitus

At: Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

Join Ian Rankin and friends to test your knowledge of 30 years of his Rebus novels.  Prizes to be won for the best boffs.  Ticket includes sandwiches, tea and coffee.

Duration: 1 hour, 30 mins approx. Tickets £10.

This event will now include a book signing after the event by Ian Rankin. Ian will hope to sign any books that are bought along to the event, time permitting.

Buy your tickets here

3pm, THE MYSTERY OF THE MINIATURE COFFINS, CURATOR TALK – SOLD OUT

At: National Museum of Scotland

In 1836, a group of boys headed out to Arthur’s Seat to hunt for rabbits. In a secluded spot, the boys discovered a small cave in the rock. Concealed within were 17 miniature coffins. Now on display at the National Museum of Scotland and a key feature of the 2001 Rebus thriller The Falls, these tiny coffins continue to excite and intrigue visitors.

Join Alison Sheridan, Principal Curator of Archaeology to explore the many theories put forward to explain their strange tale.

Duration: 45 mins, Free but ticketed

For more information and how to book call 0300 123 6789 or click here – SOLD OUT, contact venue for cancellations or waiting list

ALL WEEKEND EVENTS

REBUS WALKING TOUR

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, daily, 12pm – SOLD OUT, 3pm – SOLD OUT, 6PM – SOLD OUT

Meet: Royal Oak Pub, Infirmary Street

Experience the dark and hidden world of Ian Rankin’s bestselling Rebus novels and discover the history and mystery of the real locations, with stunning views of some of Edinburgh’s unexplored areas.

Duration: 2 hours, Tickets £10. Find out more here

REBUS 30 EXHIBITION

At: WRITERS’ MUSEUM, ROYAL MILE

Friday/Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12 – 5pm

An exhibition exploring the relationship between Ian Rankin and Rebus, and both men’s connections with this city, its history, people and literary figures of the past. On display for the first time will be selection of personal items, manuscripts and images belonging to Ian Rankin.

FREE, JUST TURN UP.

MUSEUM NOIR TRAIL

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND, Chambers Street

Daily, 10am – 5pm 

Explore intriguing exhibits at the National Museum of Scotland, selected by author Ian Rankin, which reveal stories of crime, punishment and death in Scotland’s past.

This free, self-guided trail is available from 30 June from the Museum Information Desks or as a download:  www.nms.ac.uk/rebusfest

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REBUSFEST is produced in association with Edinburgh International Book Festival, and supported by many fantastic partners including Waterstones, National Museums of Scotland, City of Literature Trust, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Highland Park, Assembly Rooms, Queen’s Hall and Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian.