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Outstanding contribution award for Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin

By Margaret Chrystall

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Scottish author and Cromarty resident Ian Rankin OBE has won a top award from the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Fiction Festival being held in Yorkshire this weekend.

Ian Rankin, new award.
Ian Rankin, new award.

One of the country's bestselling crime writers, Ian Rankin was presented with the festival's outstanding contribution to crime fiction award 2021.

Ian Rankin OBE said: “It’s such a privilege and an honour to receive this award, and especially to be in Harrogate to receive it in person.

"I’ve been a published writer for over 30 years but this past year has been uniquely challenging – for writers, readers and booksellers.

"It’s heartening to see the Theakston Festival rise like a phoenix.

"Books continue to provide us with that wonderful mix of food for thought and escapism.

"I couldn’t be prouder to be a crime writer.”

He was awarded the prize on the opening night of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2021, for which he is festival programming chair.

Festival special guests this year – including Mark Billingham, Ann Cleeves, Elly Griffiths, Mick Herron, Clare Mackintosh, Val Mcdermid and Richard Osman – were selected to attend by Mr Rankin.

He divides his time between Edinburgh and Cromarty.

The festival continues until Sunday at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

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