Ann Cleeves in conversation

Edinburgh International Book Festival presents: Shetland author Ann Cleeves in conversation with Eleanor Thom

Thursday 28 February 11.30am (1h)

Tickets: £5/ £2 (Good Neighbours card holders)

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DI Jimmy Perez faces the most disturbing case of his career in Ann Cleeves’ eighth and final Shetland novel, Wild Fire. Trouble stirs on the isles when, after the arrival of an English family seeking a new start, a body is found – sparking a frenzy of dangerous gossip in the community. Perez must search for the truth to stop suspicion tearing Shetland apart even as his own history comes back to haunt him, in another brilliant slice of detective fiction from one of the UK’s most acclaimed crime writers.

Ann Cleeves is the award-winning writer behind Shetland and the Vera Stanhope novels, as well as a passionate believer in libraries and an open, honest speaker. She chats with novelist Eleanor Thom, writer-in-residence for Citizen – a new creative programme exploring what defines our communities and our city today, led by the Edinburgh International Book Festival, North Edinburgh Arts and other partners around the city.

Join them for a discussion about Wild Fire and the Shetland series, including the hugely successful BBC TV adaptation. Find out about the life and inspirations of a writer, what makes a community like Shetland the perfect setting for her grizzly tales, and ask your own questions too. Ann will be available to sign copies of her books afterwards.

Tea and coffee provided. Lunch is available to buy from the North Edinburgh Arts café. Creche facilities available on request (please email to

Supported by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and through the PLACE Programme (funded by the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council, and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland).