The materials are in a variety of formats. They are arranged in four sequences based on the type of event: exhibitions, workshops, concerts, and other events featuring Ian Rankin. Under each sequence the entries are arranged chronologically by the date of the event.
Papers, 2002-2015, relating to exhibitions featuring Ian Rankin or his creative works. Folios 1-29.
Leaflet, , for an exhibition of photographic portraits by Nicola Kurtz, 'Authors of murder', at the Book Shop Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, 4 November 2002-2 March 2003. Folio 1.
Photocopy of a press cutting from 'Hello!' magazine, 12 November 2002, of an advertisement for ‘Authors of Murder' (see folio 1, above). Folio 2.
Invitation to the official opening at The Writer’s Museum, Edinburgh, 18 May 2007, of the exhibition 'Rankin [and] Rebus: Partners in Crime'. Folio 3.
Leaflet, 2007, for the exhibition 'Rankin [and] Rebus: Partners in Crime', held at the The Writer’s Museum, Edinburgh, 19 May-30 September 2007. Folio 4.
List, 2007, of items on loan from Ian Rankin to The Writer’s Museum, Edinburgh, for the exhibition 'Rankin [and] Rebus: Partners in Crime'. Folio 5.
Visitors’ Comments spiral bound notebook, 2007, from the exhibition 'Rankin [and] Rebus: Partners in Crime' at The Writer’s Museum. Contains sticky notes with messages written to Rankin by attendees of the exhibition. See MSS.50553-50554.
Invitation, 2007, to the opening of the exhibition ‘Crime Scene Edinburgh: 20 Years of Rankin and Rebus’, at the National Library of Scotland on 23 October 2007. Folios 6-7.
Booklet, 2007, ‘What’s On’ from the National Library of Scotland, featuring the exhibition ‘Crime Scene Edinburgh: 20 Years of Rankin and Rebus’. Folios 8-13.
Invitation, 2007, to ‘Worth Closer Inspection’ on 2 August 2007, at the Caledonian Brewery, sponsored by The Scotsman, Deuchars IPA, and Rebus 20. Also includes card describing a competition to guess the secret ingredient in the limited edition ‘Rebus 20’ amber ale. Folios 13a-13b.
Manuscript and typescript notes, February 2012, by Ian Rankin, relating to an exhibition by the University of Edinburgh English Department, outlining items lent to the exhibition. Folios 14-15.
Booklet, 2015, advertising the ‘Creative Fifers’ exhibition, featuring Ian Rankin. Folios 16-29.
Papers, 1984-1998, relating to workshops led by Ian Rankin. Folios 30-44.
Advertisements, 1984, for the Edinburgh Playwrights Workshop, which featured a session led by Ian Rankin. Includes posters and an advertisement in ‘Traverse’ magazine. Folios 30-32.
Photocopy of an advertisement, 1987, a workshop led by Ian Rankin on 23 March 1987 ‘in the drawing room’. Folio 33.
Leaflet, 1997, for the 'Write Away' series of workshops, 1997, held by the City of Edinburgh Council, featuring a workshop by Ian Rankin, ‘Writing Crime Fiction’. Folio 34.
Leaflets, 1997, for the City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education Programme, Autumn 1997, featuring ‘Ian Rankin’s Crime Writers Workshop’ on 28-30 November. 3 leaflets, one including a registration form. Folios 35-38.
Administrative correspondence and materials, 1997, sent to Ian Rankin from the City of Edinburgh Council, relating to ‘Ian Rankin’s Crime Writers Workshop’ on 28-30 November. Folios 39-42.
Correspondence, 20 April 1998, to Ian Rankin from David Moody, Libraries Officer at East Lothian Council, about ‘Joined Up Writing Seminar’ given by Ian Rankin on 23 May 1998. Folios 43-44.
Materials, 2005-2017, relating to concerts at which Ian Rankin performed. Folios 45-80.
All Access Passes to a Jackie Leven and Ian Rankin concert, 2005, annotated 'Leven + Rankin, 14/8' and ‘Rankin + Leven, QEH, 15.5.05’. Folios 45-46.
Photographs from an Ian Stewart memorial concert, 2017, featuring Ian Rankin. Folios 47-80.
Papers, 1986-2004, relating to other events featuring Ian Rankin. Folios 81-95.
Certificate, 1986, addressed to Ian Rankin for judging the Radio Forth/TSB Short Story Competition. Folio 81.
Tickets, 1998, to BBC Radio 4’s 'Foul Play' panel game with Ian Rankin as a guest. Folio 82.
Photocopy of advertisement, 2000, in ‘Prize List’ for a competition to win tickets to see Ian Rankin and get a signed copy of his book 'Set in Darkness'. Folio 83.
Publicity poster, 2002, promoting 'An evening with Robert Goddard [and] Ian Rankin'. Folio 84.
Media update for the Edinburgh City of Literature campaign, 2004, of which Ian Rankin was on the Steering Committee. Folios 85-95.