Fife voices prominent at Edinburgh Book Festival

Iain Banks
Iain Banks

THERE will once again be a few Fifers appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival next month.

They’ll be among 800 authors taking part in the annual festival, which runs from August 11-27.

Book lovers will have the chance to find out more about the work of some of their favourite authors and have an insight into what makes them tick.

It’s been 25 years since we were first introduced to John Rebus through Ian Rankin’s books.

Rebus has been put to bed and Rankin has already released two novels featuring Malcolm Fox, from the Lothian and Borders Police complaints and conduct department.

In the first of two events at the festival, Rankin will discuss the second in this series ‘The Impossible Dead’ as well as his forthcoming novel, which will be published later this year.

And to mark the 25 years since ‘Knots and Crosses’ was published, his second event will see him share some of his favourite Rebus moments from the 17 novels.

However, in a sure sign of Rankin’s popularity both appearances have already sold out.

Kirkcaldy’s Val McDermid will appear at the festival, including a sold out event where she discusses her first children’s book, ‘My Granny is a Pirate’.

She will tell her young audience about Granny, including exactly what she can do with the skilful wielding of her handbag.

The crime writer will also unveil her new standalone book, ‘The Vanishing Point’, before its September publication.

Once again science fiction writer Iain Banks will also be at the 17 day festival, however this time he’s back on non sci-fi territory.

He’ll be discussing his latest work ‘Stonemouth’, a comedy drama exploring Stewart Gilmour’s return to his north-east home town to attend a funeral after five years in exile.

But it’s not just the authors who are taking part in this year’s Book Festival.

Two high profile Fife politicians are also getting involved.

Kirkcaldy MP and former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will give this year’s Donald Dewar Lecture, painting a picture of Scotland and Britain as he hopes they will be experienced by a future generation.

While former Scottish First Minister, Henry McLeish will also make an appearance in a debate on Scottish independence alongside veteran SNP member Paul Henderson Scott.