Gunnar Staalesen and Ian Rankin in literary discussion

1st November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Author of the popular 'Varg Veum' books Gunnar Staalesen is coming to the UK for a literary discussion next month.

The two celebrated crime authors will participate in a literary discussion at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 26 November, marking the 25th anniversary of Edinburgh’s Norwegian Christmas tree.

Every year, Hordaland County Council in Bergen presents the City of Edinburgh with the gift of a Christmas tree in memory of the close association arising during the 2nd World War. Marking the opening of the Edinburgh Winter Festival, the Christmas tree lights are switched on and a Scottish/Norwegian concert is held in St. Giles Cathedral.

In order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Christmas tree, the Norwegian Consulate in Edinburgh and Edinburgh University are organising a literary discussion between Staalesen and Rankin, where the two authors are invited to discuss the many similarities in terms of their authorship, the characters they have created in John Rebus and Varg Veum and their close association with the cities in which they both live, Edinburgh and Bergen.

Born in Bergen, 1947, Gunnar Staalesen has grown to become one of Norway’s leading crime authors. He made his debut at the early age of twenty-two with 'Seasons of Innocence'. His numerous books about private detective Varg Veum have become immensely popular and have been translated into twelve languages. Gunnar Staalesen has twice received Norway’s top crime prize, the Golden Pistol and has been awarded the Riverton Prize for best Norwegian Crime Novel. He has also won Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, Sweden’s The Kaliber Prize and the Norwegian Riksmål Prize.

Ian Rankin, born in Fife in 1960 is known worldwide for his highly popular crime novels about Inspector Rebus. The first novel in this series was published in 1987 and since then the bestselling books have been translated into twenty-two languages and published all over the world. Rankin has received four Crime Writers' Association Dagger Awards, including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis.

This discussion will take place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre at 6 pm, and former Director of Edinburgh International Book Festival Catherine Lockerbie will chair the event.

Literary Discussion with Gunnar Staalesen and Ian Rankin:
26 November: 6pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

For tickets contact Mona Røhne at the Norwegian Consulate in Edinburgh:


Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy in London

Photo: Helge Skodvin


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