Acclaimed and often controversial Scottish author Irvine Welsh is to spend an evening in Aberdeen’s Music Hall chatting about his latest – and some say his funniest and fifthiest – novel this spring, as part of a UK tour.
Tickets for the one-night only event on Saturday, April 18, go on sale on today, online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.
In A Decent Ride, the Edinburgh-born novelist, playwright and short story writer celebrates an un-reconstructed misogynist hustler – a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent – and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos.
Following the success of his bestseller Skagboys, the prequel to Trainspotting, A Decent Ride sees Irvine back on home turf, in the capable hands of one of his most compelling and popular characters, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, and introducing another bound for cult status, Wee Jonty MacKay: a man with the genitals and brain of a donkey.
The writer was shot to fame when Trainspotting was published in 1993, and despite some unease from the critical establishment, the novel received as many good reviews as outraged ones.
Since Danny Boyle’s film adaptation of the novel was released in February 1996 the author has remained a controversial figure, whose novels, stage and screen plays, novellas and short stories have proved difficult for literary critics to assimilate, a difficulty made only more noticeable by his continued commercial success.
More books followed: Ecstasy becoming the first paperback original to go straight in at No1 on the Sunday Times best-sellers list, a feat emulated by Filth, which became Welsh's highest selling book after Trainspotting and was adapted to a movie with the same name in 2013.
His first novel has now sold almost a million copies in the UK alone and is a worldwide phenomenon. Subsequent novels also include Glue, Porno, and The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs.
Following a trip to Sudan with a group of authors and journalists, Welsh contributed a novella called Contamination to a book called The Weekenders: Travels in the Heart of Africa and Irvine, Ian Rankin, and Alexander McCall Smith each contributed a short story for a second book, The Weekenders: Adventures in Calcutta.
Irvine has recently branched into film and is a partner in two film production companies. He joined Four Ways films, which was founded by Antonia Bird, Robert Carlyle and Mark Cousins, and has recently set up Jawbone films with his screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh, and Phil John and Jon Lewis Owen.
Irvine Welsh lives mainly in Dublin but retreats to Miami Beach for a large part of the winter and is a regular visitor to his home city of Edinburgh.