A file photo of Iain Banks at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in Scotland in 2009. – AFP
The new book, to commemorate the late Scottish writer’s birthday, will be edited by fellow writer Ken Macleod.
THE final work of Iain Banks, a poetry collection, will be published on the author’s birthday, Feb 16, in 2015.
The collection, published by Little, Brown, will contain works by Banks, who died in June 2013, as well as contributions from fellow Scot and sci-fi writer Ken Macleod, who is editing the book.
“The poems are a part of the desperate urge to get things that were supposed to be long-term projects out of the way. I’m going to see if I can get a book of poetry published before I kick the bucket. I’ve got about 50 I’m proud of,” Banks had told The Guardian shortly before he died aged 59.
“I’ve been trying to convince Ken MacLeod that he should come in with me on this as I’ve always loved Ken’s poetry.... If Ken comes in it will look more respectable, but I don’t think he’s falling for it. We’ll see if it happens.” – AFP Relaxnews