Written by Julie Vegas on Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Scottish novelist Ian Rankin has joined Tim Burgess’ O Genesis label. He won’t be singing, or even reading, but his short story titled A Little Bit of Powder will be read by actor Craig Parkinson.

Rankin explains how the deal came together: “Tim contacted me a while back with the idea of a spoken word project – me writing a story – to give out to his fans as a little X-Mas gift. We met in Edinburgh in August and bounced around a few ideas. I then gathered my thoughts. A friend in Glasgow had told me an anecdote some months previously about a local musician who was told to meet another musician in a bar, and take his acoustic guitar with him. When he arrived, a bag of powder was produced – the ashes from a mutual friend and fellow musician – and sprinkled into the sound hole. This was apparently a last request from the dying musician – that his ashes be shared out among musician friends. So that was the genesis of the short story.”

For the rest of the story, please see the article on The Quietus.


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