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Rebus creator explains the benefits of crime fiction

28 February 2008

Crime, or at least crime fiction, is good for you.

That’s the theme of a talk to be given by Inspector Rebus creator Ian Rankin at Cardiff University next week.

The talk is part of the Crime Narratives in Context seminar series hosted by the University’s School of English, Communications and Philosophy. The Crime Narratives in Context research group looks at different ways of writing about crime, from police and forensic reports to real-life crime books and crime fiction.

Ian Rankin’s first Rebus novel, Knots & Crosses, was published in 1987. The books, which expose the dark underside of Edinburgh, have now been translated into 22 languages and televised with John Hannah and Ken Stott in the title role. The final Rebus novel, Exit Music, was published last year.

Event organiser Dr Heather Worthington, a crime fiction specialist, said: "Ian Rankin is one of our leading contemporary crime novelists. He also has a keen interest in the way real-life crime is translated into fiction. We are delighted to have him at Cardiff and look forward to an intriguing talk."

Ian Rankin gives his talk at the University next Monday, March 3 at 6pm.
Entry is free, but by ticket only and demand is already high. For further information please contact


Notes to Editors:

Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education (THE).
2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883.
Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.
Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities.
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Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy
The School of English, Communication and Philosophy has a world-wide reputation as a centre for research and publication in English Literature, Language Communication, Critical and Cultural Theory and Philosophy.
Within English and Communication, the School has expertise across a wide range of topics, from Old Norse and Old English to post-colonialism, post-modernism and sociolinguistics. Its staff are internationally recognised and regularly cited in fields ranging as widely as: Early English culture; medieval studies; Shakespeare; Byron; Scott; Trollope; Crime fiction and criminography; Celtic literature in English; children’s literature; critical and cultural theory; feminist criticism; postmodernism; systemic, functional and computational linguistics; sociolinguistics; and cultural pragmatics. English Language and Literature was awarded the top "Grade 5" rating in the government-sponsored assessment of research quality within British universities. The teaching of language and communication has also been assessed as "Excellent" in the recent assessment of teaching quality.

Further Information:

For further information or to attend the event please contact:

Dr Heather Worthington,
School of English, Communication and Philosophy,
Cardiff University
029 208 75595

Stephen Rouse,
Public Relations Office,
Cardiff University,
029 208 75596