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Ian Rankin, Photographer Gregory Crewdson, National Rural Touring Awards

Ian Rankin on 30 years of Rebus, American photographer Gregory Crewdson, the National Rural Touring Awards for arts events in isolated areas, and a new live classical music app.

2017 sees the 30th anniversary of Ian Rankin's creation Detective Inspector Rebus. Rankin was just 24 when he wrote the first book Knots & Crosses in his Edinburgh student flat and he's now gone on to sell over 30 million copies making him the UK's No 1 best selling crime writer. He talks to John about the enduring popularity of John Rebus.

American artist Gregory Crewdson is known for his large cinematic photographs of suburban America - he often takes days or weeks to prepare, light and stage a single shot. As his latest exhibition of new work opens - Cathedral of the Pines - Gregory discusses his move to a more rural subject matter and the lasting appeal of ambiguous narratives which leave the viewer unsettled.

The National Rural Touring Forum supports high quality art experiences at rural venues. As Arts Council England announce increases to investment outside London, board member Elizabeth Freestone discusses the Forum's work as well as the inaugural awards which are presented on 28 June.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the first in Britain to embrace a new classical music app which sends programme notes to audience members' phones during the performance. BBC Music critic Daniel Jaffé reviews the app Octava which was trialled in London's Cadogan Hall earlier this year.

Presenter : John Wilson
Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

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30 minutes


  • Ian Rankin

    Duration: 08:20

  • National Rural Touring Forum awards

    Duration: 05:21

  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's new app

    Duration: 04:52

  • Gregory Crewdson

    Duration: 08:25

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin's latest book, Rather Be The Devil, is out now in hardback, paperback and as an e-book and an audiobook.

Rebusfest runs from 30 June to 02 July 2017 in Edinburgh.

Images: Main image above: Ian Rankin, credit: Hamish Brown

Image to the left: Ian Rankin.

National Rural Touring Forum awards

National Rural Touring Forum awards

The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF)'s first awards are presented on 28 June 2017 at the NRTF annual conference  at Nottingham University.

Image: A board advertising a visit to a UK village by an NRTF member

Image credit: Tom Middleton

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's new app

The RPO' s Octava app is available for use during the RPO's Myths and Legends series, which starts in November 2017.

Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson: Cathedral of the Pines is at The Photographers' Gallery, London  until 08 October 2017.

Image: Photographer Gregory Crewdson (Left) with John Wilson, standing by his image Seated Woman on a Bed, part of the Cathedral of the Pines exhibition.



Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Ian Rankin
Interviewed Guest Gregory Crewdson
Interviewed Guest Elizabeth Freestone
Interviewed Guest Daniel Jaffe
Producer Dymphna Flynn




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