FIFE best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin was reunited with his former English teacher as he visited Dunfermline to sign copies of his new novel.

Fans gathered in Waterstones to get their own personalised edition of the latest story in the Inspector Rebus detective series, 'Rather Be the Devil', on Friday.

The award-winning author was then greeted by his former Beath High School English Teacher, Ron Gillespie.

Mr Rankin has previously spoke of how his old teacher inspired him to go on to university and to take up writing.

Mr Gillespie had taught Rankin during fourth year and then once again two years later, and has watched on as his former student has made his mark on Scottish literature.

John Rebus first appeared in 'Knots & Crosses' in 1987, and has stood the test of time, with the main character appearing in 21 novels to date.