Join Sir Ian Rankin, the international bestseller and award-winning novelist, for a special one-off event this October to celebrate the launch of his highly anticipated new Rebus thriller, A Heart Full of Headstones. In this unique event, Ian will be introducing live music from Dean Owens (Scottish Singer-Songwriter) as well as talking to special guests, Jed Mercurio OBE (Writer, Line of Duty) & Nicola Shindler OBE (Producer, Years & Years, The Stranger), about the release of his new book.  

A Heart Full of Headstones sees Rebus on a trial that could put him behind the bars for the rest of his life, and although it’s not the first time the legendary detective has taken the law into his own hands, it might be the last. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke meanwhile faces the city’s most explosive case in years when a corrupt cop goes missing after claiming to harbour secrets that could sink the city’s police force. In a time when police can be both victims and criminals themselves – and everyone is playing their own game – who do you trust?

Website: https://www.ianrankin.net/

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Read more about the special guests below:

Jed Mercurio: 

Jed Mercurio’s most recent TV series, Bodyguard and Line of Duty, both topped the UK television ratings. With other TV credits including Bodies, Strike Back and Cardiac Arrest, his work has achieved award wins/nominations at the Golden Globes, Emmys, BAFTAs, Royal Television Society, Broadcasting Press Guild and Writers’ Guild. Jed Mercurio recently launched production company HTM Television with Hat Trick Productions; credits to date include Bloodlands (BBC One), Trigger Point (ITV), BAFTA nominated series Stephen (ITV), DI Ray (ITV) and Payback (ITV) currently filming in Glasgow and Edinburgh.  He has also written three novels: Bodies, Ascent and American Adulterer. Jed is a former hospital physician and Royal Air Force officer, having originally planned to specialise in aviation medicine.

Nicola Shindler:

Executive Producer | Chief Executive of Quay Street Productions

Nicola Shindler OBE is a prolific, multi award-winning British television producer, who has worked with some of the most lauded names in television and created some of its most memorable series.  

With over 25 years’ experience in television, Nicola has produced some of the UK’s most successful and award-winning dramas, including It’s A Sin (Ch4/ HBO), Harlan Coben’s The Stranger (Netflix), Years and Years (BBC/HBO), Happy Valley (BBC), Queer As Folk (Channel 4), Ridley Road (BBC/ Masterpiece), Traces (UKTV), Last Tango in Halifax (BBC), Butterfly (ITV), Finding Alice (ITV) and most recently Harlan Coben’s Stay Close for Netflix, No Return for ITV, and Traces series 2 for UKTV. Forthcoming series include the first Quay Street Productions drama Nolly, written by Russell T Davies and starring Helena Bonham Carter, for ITV, and comedic-drama Significant Other for ITVX starring Katherine Parkinson and Youssef Kerkour.

Renowned for her relationships with writers, Nicola has worked with an array of the UK’s most prolific and exciting writing talent including Russell T Davies, Sally Wainwright, Lenny Henry, Paul Abbot, Dan Sefton, Tony Marchant, Amelia Bullmore, Danny Brocklehurst, Matt Greenhalgh and Sarah Solemani, on series starring some of the world’s leading on-screen names.  

In 2019, Nicola was awarded an OBE and took home one of BAFTA’s highest honours, the Special Award, for her services to British Broadcasting.

Prior to launching Quay Street Productions in 2021, Nicola founded RED Production Company in 1998, where she was Chief Executive for over twenty years, and she also previously served as chief executive and chief creative officer at StudioCanal UK. 

Dean Owens:

BEST UK ACT – Americana UK Readers Poll 2021

Award winning Scottish singer songwriter Dean Owens is one of UK’s finest troubadours, with fans including authors Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin, and BBC legend Bob Harris. Hard to pin down to a particular genre, his music is a unique blend of Scottish roots and Americana – the unfettered enthusiasm of a rock n roller coupled with the sympathetic delivery of folk’s best storytellers. A compelling and engaging live performer, with a searingly soulful voice that is warm, subtle and powerful.

He can captivate an audience whether playing solo or with various combinations of top quality musicians, from a duo to a 5 piece. Dean’s music has taken him all over the world, particularly throughout the USA, where he has made most of his 8 solo albums, including his latest Sinner’s Shrine, recorded with “desert noir” legends Calexico – released jointly on London’s Eel Pie Records and Netherlands’ CRS, in Feb 2022.

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