Read our Festival Director's tribute to Iain (M) Banks

Festival Director Michelle Hodgson was asked to write about her memories of Iain (M) Banks for the Observer Review's end-of-year round up.

You can read her memories of her friend of almost 25 years and her experiences touring with him as his PR on The Guardian website.

Here's a snippet:

"Iain Banks didn't laugh – he guffawed. Alongside his hearty intellect and appetite for politics, Iain knew how to appreciate the simple pleasures of life, from food to fireworks to friendships. Giggles emanating from the spare room some years back when he was visiting turned out to be Iain reading a copy of a Calvin and Hobbes book. Small wonder that he enjoyed stories of a mischievous wee boy off on big adventures inspired by a vivid imagination."