Meet the 2016 Authors Ian Rankin


What are you most looking forward to at the 2016 Festival?

Ian-RankinI suppose I’m looking forward to seeing more of Dubai and exploring its culture. Also, it is always stimulating to meet lots of other writers – and readers!

When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?

I have always been a writer. As a child I drew cartoons and created my own comic books. Then, when I became interested in pop music, I created a band in my head and on paper – writing their lyrics, planning their tours, and populating my fictional music chart with other bands!

What book do you find yourself re-reading most often?

Probably Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, a slender book that asks big questions about morality and the human condition.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

Well, I would like to be a rock star. Sadly, I think I am too old to change careers though. Maybe more realistically I would be a university professor.

And finally, we have a number of aspiring writers attending the Festival. What one piece of advice would you give them?

You need to write a lot – write something down every single day. You will fall in love with words.