Acclaimed crime writer Sir Ian Rankin has once again recognised the creative talents of Fife College students.

Famed for his Rebus novels – the subject of a new highly-acclaimed BBC series adaptation – the author continues to support budding writers through the scholarship that bears his name, a tradition he has upheld since 2005.

This year, the recipients were Arron Cuthbert, Megan Lewis and a HMP Glenochil learner.

Their impressive writing stood out and demonstrated remarkable creativity.

Arron, an HNC Social Science student from Dunfermline, said: "Winning the Ian Rankin Scholarship has been overwhelming in the best way, from the writing process and the pride of winning to actually meeting and discussing my work with a world-renowned writer like Ian Rankin.

"I didn't know what to expect going into this scholarship, but it's been a very positive experience."

The scholarship, managed by Adam Smith Scholarships at Fife College, offers all full-time students a chance to have their work seen by the widely recognised author.

This year's winners each received a £600 scholarship, a signed book from Sir Ian's latest collection, and the opportunity to discuss their work with him at a special presentation lunch.

Arron Cuthbert, Sir Ian Rankin and Megan Lewis at Fife College. (Image: Fife College)

Sir Ian, who is from Cardenden, said: "I thoroughly enjoyed reading this year’s scholarship entries and was extremely impressed with the high quality of submissions.

"The winning entries stood out for me for their compelling detail, emotion and confident use of language and technique."

"It was great to meet the award winners in person and to discuss their work and influences.

"I hope this scholarship encourages and inspires them on to great things and I wish them the very best for the future."

Lyn Gold, the scholarship and alumni engagement lead at Fife College, said: "Ian Rankin's ongoing support for our students is really remarkable.

"His enthusiasm for the students’ creative work and his commitment to reviewing and judging their submissions is an invaluable experience for everyone involved."