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Interviews

Live Iain Banks Webchat, 13.00 BST today, Friday 8th July

Stuck for something to do this lunchtime, Banks fans? Here you go… The Guardian is holding a live webchat with the man himself at 13.00 hours today. “When we asked you whom you’d like to see more of on the site, one of the names that came up over and over was Iain Banks. And […]

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Iain Banks Interviewed for Open University

Iain Banks has been interviewed by Derek Neale, Open University lecturer in Creative Writing, for the OU’s OpenLearn website. Here’s the video recording of the interview (available via YouTube) which took place at the Cheltenham Literature Festival last year. Derek talks to Iain about various topics, including the digitisation of books, his writing process and […]

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Iain M Banks SFX Fannish Inquisition

You remember a while back we mentioned that UK Sci-Fi magazine SFX was looking for reader-submitted questions to put to Iain? Turns out the resulting interview was published in the October 20th issue of the magazine, and is available on the SFX website as well: Iain M Banks SFX Fannish Inquisition, part one Iain M […]

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Iain M Banks talks to The View From Here

Mike French, editor of literary magazine The View From Here has been in touch to say: “We interviewed Iain at the Luton Library Theatre before he went on stage, in a half-hour interview which turned out to be both amusing and insightful. The full interview is only available in our printed and digital editions.” Here’s […]

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Iain Banks talks to Richard Bacon on BBC Radio 5 Live

Iain was a guest on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Richard Bacon show on Monday October 18th (along with Ross Kemp). You can listen to the whole show until October 25th via the BBC iPlayer (visit the link above and look for the ‘Listen Now’ link) and the BBC have also extracted the following highlight from […]

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Quick Reminder: Iain Banks Twinterview 16.30 (UK) today

Iain Banks’s Twinterview with Waterstones Booksellers (@waterstones) will be taking place at 16.30 (UK time) today. To propose a question for Iain, tweet it with the hashtag #mbanks. Waterstone’s are offering the chance to win signed copies of Surface Detail if you submit one of the best questions.

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Iain Banks talks to Tim Haigh

Via Tim Haigh Reads Books, Iain Banks talks Surface Detail with interviewer Tim Haigh. Surface Detail Podcast Visit www.timhaighreadsbooks.com for an earlier interview with Iain on the subject of his previous novel, Transition. [Podcast produced and hosted by Green-Shoot.]

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Iain Banks to be Twinterviewed by Waterstones

Waterstones Booksellers (@waterstones will be hosting a Twinterview (that’s a Twitter-based Interview, for the uninitiated) on 19th October and are inviting questions from members of the Twitter-using public (the Twupblic?) To propose a question for Iain, tweet it with the hashtag #mbanks and the Waterstone’s crew will scoop ’em up and pick the best ones […]

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Iain [M] Banks talks to James Rundle for SciFiNow

Iain M. Banks has been interviewed by James Rundle for SciFiNow. Topics of discussion include Iain’s writing history, his take on mainstream literature’s opinion of science fiction, his influences, recommended writers and whether he thinks ebooks will eventaully take over form print media. Read the interview at www.SciFiNow.co.uk. [Another big thank you to David H […]

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SFX Magazine Wants Your Questions for Iain Banks

SFX Magazine will be conducting a fan-interview with Iain Banks and are requesting questions to put to the author. The deadline for submitting a question is Tuesday, June 15th. Details of how to submit can be found at www.sfx.co.uk.

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Iain Banks on BBC Radio Scotland’s Stark Talk, 19.05.10

Iain Banks will be the special guest of BBC Radio Scotland’s Edi Stark as she talks to Iain at his home in Fife for her regular Stark Talk series. The show will be broadcast next Wednesday, 19th May, at 11.30 GMT BST and repeated the following Sunday at 10.30 BST. More info at the BBC […]

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Quick Iain Banks interview on FT.com

Anna Metcalfe sends a series of quick-fire questions in Iain’s direction for a ‘Small Talk’ feature over www.ft.com. Questions like: “What is the strangest thing you’ve done when researching a book?” (Answer: “Using the equation e=mc2 to work out the explosive yield of very small quantities of antimatter, to determine how small an effective nano-missile […]

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Iain Banks talks to… Ken Livingstone?

The New Statesman website has posted an interview with Iain carried out by none other than Ken Livingstone. Yes, that Ken Livignstone, the former Mayor of London. Turns out he’s something of an sf fan: he name-checks David Brin and mentions putting in an appearance at the Brighton SF Festival in 1987, and says he […]

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Iain Banks interviewed for The Guardian

In a feature-length interview piece posted to The Guardian‘s website, Maxton Walker talks to Iain about whether or not Transition can (or should) be interpreted as a literary attack on American foreign policy and his attitude towards torture as a weapon in the fight against terrorism. They also discuss the Transition serial podcast and how […]

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Iain Banks interviewed for The Independent

The Independent‘s website is running an interview with Iain conducted by Arifa Akbar. Discussions range across Iain’s plans to write a symphony, the concept of “Christian terrorism” in Transition, the effect that the passing of his father, Robert, in June has had on his personal life and writing alike, and the contrast between his generally […]

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