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Ian Rankin

in conversation with Michael Robotham

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse, Adelaide Writers Festival, Auckland Writers Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival and The Wheeler Centre

Ian Rankin, best-selling Scottish crime writer and OBE recipient, discusses his latest Rebus novel, Rather be the Devil, and three decades of his much-loved detective with Australia’s Gold Dagger winning crime writer Michael Robotham.

Rebus may have retired but that doesn’t stop him revisiting the cold case of the beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand who was murdered forty years ago in her hotel room the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there. Turquand’s killer has never been found.

This exciting discussion will be led by Robotham, who started his career as a journalist but then became a ghost-writer, writing many bestselling autobiographies in collaboration with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and show business personalities.

Writers+Ideas is supported by O’Neill Architecture and RPS.


About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm every day.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

There is a wide array of accommodation close to our venue that caters to every budget. Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp HotelSofitel BrisbaneKirribilli Riverfront ApartmentsEdward Lodge and Heal House for both short term and longer visits.