Author Ian Rankin lunches with Fife student writers

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Three Fife Adam Smith College students were celebrating recently after being chosen by Ian Rankin, the best-selling author and creator of Scotland’s top fictional detective, Rebus, for a student scholarship at the College, each receiving a cheque for £600 and a copy of Mr Rankin’s latest novel ‘The Complaints’.

The three HND Practical Journalism students submitted their very own creative writing compositions as part of the application process and Laura Aitchison (22), from Perth; Yvonne Banks (23), from Kirkcaldy, and Paul Berry (37), from Burntisland, all entered pieces that caught the eye of Mr Rankin.

Before receiving their prizes and commemorative certificates, the three creative students enjoyed a special lunch with the author, during which they were invited to pick his brains about his career as a crime writer to date.

College scholarships are awarded to students through the Adam Smith Foundation which is the charitable trust of Adam Smith College.