Sunday, 25 October 2009

Sunday Summary

An audio report of Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and Neil Gaiman at the Edinburgh Book Festival. And here you can watch the Vertigo Crime TV commercial. And more Ian and Denise, along with other Scottish authors, as they are celebrated in Canada.

Denise Mina is reviewed in Toronto's NOW Magazine.

And well done to Ian Rankin who wins the V Festival award from the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona. He also appears in Belfast where he showcases THE COMPLAINTS and gets excited about a plot to kidnap a tiger. And still more Ian Rankin here, in a pre-performance discussion of James Hogg's Confessions of A Justified Sinner (which I'm going to see in a couple of weeks).

More on Alexander McCall Smith making a monkey out of Macbeth, including news that it may be coming to Scotland. And in the real life Scotland Street, residents are having their door plates stolen.

Irvine Welsh on how TRAINSPOTTING allowed him to buy a home for his mum.

Aly Monroe appears at an event at the Edinburgh Bookshop on 18th November.

Alex Gray featured at Suite 101.

The lovely Brian at BSC Review on his top 50 novels of the decade, which includes Scottish author Ray Banks. And, since of the ones Brian mentions that I've read, I absolutely love all of them, I'm going to be using this as a shopping list for new books. Some further excellent recommendations in the comments section.

The Telegraph reviews Liam McIlvanney's ALL THE COLOURS OF THE TOWN.

The 'As Others See Us' exhibition, which includes Christopher Brookmyre.

And, finally, he's not Scottish, but following on from the Bouchercon panel I reported on in my last post, here's one of my favourite writers - Steve Mosby - on violence in crime fiction. An excellent post.


  1. An audio report from the Festival won't show quite how naughty Ian Rankin was. Balls, in sign language...

  2. Now that I would love to have seen!

  3. I'm too polite to explain.