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Ian Rankin and Jack Vettriano under one roof for an evening of conversation

08 August 2022

Two of Fife’s most famous sons – Ian Rankin and Jack Vettriano – come together next month for a unique evening of conversation.

Timed to coincide with Vettriano’s current exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries, the two are old pals and as well taking a critical look at his ‘early years’ work, they will be discussing the importance of Kirkcaldy to both of them.

Renowned for his Inspector Rebus crime novel series, a host of literature awards and appearances on TV, Ian Rankin grew up in Cardenden. This year he was knighted for his services to literature and charity.

Scotland’s best known living artist, Jack Vettriano grew up in Leven and Methil. His current exhibition, Jack Vettriano: The Early Years, celebrates the full spectrum of his career, showing paintings never publicly exhibited before, as well as the showstoppers, such as The Singing Butler, Billy Boys and Bluebird at Bonneville.

This is a rare opportunity to hear two of Fife’s most famous and favourite talk about projects and places that are dear to them.

This event is also supporting culture in all its forms for Fife’s communities, helping people to learn, laugh and come together. Both Ian and Jack are donating their time and all profits from the evening will go to support the work of OnFife.

Christine McLean, Head of Cultural Heritage and Wellbeing, said: “This is a unique opportunity to spend time with two of Fife’s best known cultural figures together under one roof. Both have spoken in the past at how Fife shaped them as writer and artist respectively and this is a rare chance to hear them in person. That the pair are old pals adds to their rapport and it promises to be an evening to remember.”

Jack Vettriano and Ian Rankin In Conversation at St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy, Thursday 1 September. To book tickets go to www.onfife.com

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