Free public lecture by novelist Ian Rankin

Bestselling crime-writer Ian Rankin is to discuss his literary career and published works during a talk at the University of Glasgow.

Part of the Creative Writing Visiting Speakers series, the talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Wellington Church, University Avenue at 6pm on Tuesday 5 February 2008.

Ian Rankin was born in Fife, Scotland, in 1960. He was educated at Edinburgh University. On graduating he worked for the civil service, later working as a researcher and journalist.

His first published book was The Flood (1986). Knots and Crosses (1987) was the first in a series of novels featuring Inspector John Rebus and set in contemporary Scotland. Other novels in the series include Hide and Seek (1991), Strip Jack (1992), A Good Hanging (1992), The Black Book (1993), Mortal Causes (1994), Black and Blue (1997) (winner of the Crime Writers' Association Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction), Let It Bleed (1995), The Hanging Garden (1997), Tooth and Nail (1998), Dead Souls (1999), Set in Darkness (2000), The Falls (2001), Resurrection Men (2002), A Question of Blood (2003), Fleshmarket Close (2004) and The Naming of the Dead (2006). His latest novel is Exit Music (2007). Several of these novels have been adapted for television, starring John Hannah as Rebus. Three of Rankin's novels were written under the pseudonym Jack Harvey: Witch Hunt (1993), Bleeding Hearts (1994) and Blood Hunt (1995).

Ian Rankin is married with two sons, and lives in Edinburgh. He was awarded an OBE in 2002.

If you wish to attend the lecture you must register by phoning 0141 330 8538 or by emailing your name, contact details and the number of seats required to The lecture is free but donations towards a Creative Writing Scholarship Fund will be accepted on the day.

Please note that the venue for this lecture has now changed to the Wellington Church on University Avenue. Reservations made prior to this change are still valid.

First published: 30 January 2008

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