News and opinion Our News The day Rebus rocked up at our radio station! World-famous author Ian Rankin spent a memorable afternoon at Support in Mind Scotland's Edinburgh Service, the Stafford Centre, where he did a two-hour guest DJ slot alongside presenter Lord Sir DJ MOG on Radio Stafford 103. Ian was the perfect guest as he chatted between songs about mental health, his Fife roots, his books, and the star of the bulk of his novels - detective John Rebus. His eclectic playlist was a combination of personal choices and picks inspired by Rebus, and it made for brilliant listening. You can listen to the whole show by clicking the link HERE. Ian, who has appeared before on BBC's Desert Island Discs, kicked off his set at 2pm with Swampsnake by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and closed with Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones. Many tracks stemmed from Scottish influences, including Edina by Blue Rose Code, Both Sides The Tweed by Dick Gaughan and Another Man's Rain by his fellow Fifer, the late Jackie Leven. In a candid conversation about mental health, Ian, 59, spoke of difficult times in his twenties when he felt overwhelmed as the pressures of living and trying to get by in London. He revealed how he had jumped on a train to escape the city and had ended up in Scarborough, walking along the beach listening to Van Morrison songs to try and clear his head. It was only fitting then, that his playlist contained a track from the famed Irish artist, and he chose Snow in San Anselmo. Since those difficult times, Ian - through hard work, perseverance and talent - has gone on to find fame and fortune through his novels. His first Inspector Rebus Novel, Knots and Crosses, was published in 1987, and his 22nd offering in the gripping series - In A House of Lies - was published last year. He explained that he will sit down in the next few weeks to start working on the next Rebus novel. Would it be his last? "I never know when I start writing whether Rebus will be alive or dead at the end," said Ian. With Rebus inevitably among the main topics of conversation, it was no real surprise to hear Watching The Detectives by Elvis Costello given an airing, and elsewhere in a very entertaining playlist we also heard some great tracks including Grounds for Divorce (Elbow), On The Road Again (Canned Heat), Walk On The Wild Side (Lou Reed), Losing my Religion (REM), Got to Get You Into My Life (The Beatles), Dr Feelgood (Roxette), 5.15 (The Who) and a beautiful version of In A Broken Dream by Kathryn Williams. The conversation flowed between Ian and one of our resident DJs, MOG (Mike Staley), and it was a pleasure and a privilege to have him as a guest. Before leaving the Stafford Centre Ian chatted with people who access the service, signed books and posed for photographs. It goes without saying that he would be welcome back anytime if he fancies treating us to a second playlist!