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NEXT SALON: June's Crime Writing Salon

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

Edinburgh Literary Salon Crime Month June 2023, with Ian Rankin and Mary Paulson-Ellis (both authors are depicted in black-and-white photographs). Free (Limited in-person spaces).

Tuesday the 27th of June, 2023, 7pm, Live and on Zoom

June is Crime Writing Month, and we have a criminally exciting Salon on offer, featuring some very special guests...

We’re thrilled to announce that we will be joined by Sir Ian Rankin – Scottish crime-writing sensation, creator of Rebus, and long-time friend of the Edinburgh Literary Salon. In fact, Ian was part of the Steering Group when City of Literature first planned this monthly event – we’re delighted to welcome him back to talk about his work.

In conversation with Ian, we have Mary Paulson-Ellis, another fantastic Edinburgh-based writer who shot to fame in recent years with her novels The Other Mrs Walker, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing and Emily Noble’s Disgrace. Mary’s work often focuses on the people who slip through the cracks of society, and the darker undertones of the city, so it will be great to have her chatting to Ian. She has also recently set up a local Society of Authors group, and she will be telling us about her forthcoming plans and collaborations.

To whet your criminal appetite (literary-wise), at the start of the evening we will have a short story reading from Stuart Johnstone – creator of the Don Colyear series and our guest author in March 2022. Stuart was a salon regular in pre-pandemic days and continues to support us as a valuable member of our Steering Group. We’re looking forward to what he's going to share with us.

We open as usual with a drinks reception at The Outhouse, but please note that doors to the Function Room upstairs open at 6.30, to give us time to get our ‘tech’ into place. We’ll livestream the ‘presentation’ on Zoom from 7pm. Given the calibre of our guests, we anticipate this will last a little over an hour. We’re pretty sure people will have questions for all our guests, so there will be the usual roving mic for those in the room, and we’ll monitor comments and questions from Zoom.

After this, people are invited to mingle at the venue, and chat on zoom if they wish.

How it works...

6.30: Doors Open – drinks reception in the Function Room

6.50: Open the Zoom meeting (details are emailed to all ticket-holders)

7.00: Presentation: Introduction; Stuart Johnson to read

7.10: Mary Paulson-Ellis to talk with us about Society of Authors

7.30: Mary interviews Rebus creator, Ian Rankin

7.55: Questions from Audience/Zoom

8.10: Notes of Interest, Live Mingling, and Zoom chat

It is free to register for all of our events. Tickets are available from Eventbritethese are limited, so we advise booking quickly if you hope to attend in person. We warmly encourage those who cannot attend at The Outhouse to join us on zoom where there will be ample room! If you bought an in-person ticket but can no longer attend, please cancel your order to free up the allocation, and you’re very welcome to join us on zoom instead!

We are an entirely volunteer-run, non-funded organisation, so we invite donations for the glass of wine, or encourage people to buy us a coffee to help fund our work. Our first anthology is still on sale here, and pre-sales for the second will be available soon. If you can’t afford to donate, you are still welcome to attend.

We look forward to seeing you in person or in the zoom-room.

Accessibility Notice

Edinburgh Literary Salon is open to all those with an interest in all aspects of Literature, whether professional or personal, and to all parts of the industry: writers, publishers, booksellers etc. All are welcome, and events have free registration. While we aim to hold some of our events at accessible venues, our regular salon is currently in The Outhouse’s function room, which is only accessible via a staircase. For this reason, we livestream each event. If there is a problem accessing zoom, we will do what we can to assist. We strive to ensure adequate audibility at our live events and over zoom, and a straightforward registration process. We invite positive feedback on how we can improve, even within our limitations as a non-funded organisation. We welcome open conversation.

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