We regret to advise that due to personal circumstances, Irvine Welsh will no longer be able to attend the WORD Christchurch Festival. All ticket holders to this event will be contacted directly by Ticketek to receive a full refund. For more information see our announcement here.
We are thrilled to welcome Irvine Welsh, former enfant terrible of the British literary scene, to WORD Christchurch. Trainspotting tore up the book world in the early 1990s and became not just a cult hit, but a huge commercial success. It was followed by the Trainspotting film, starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle as drug addicts navigating the world. Subsequent books have also become movies, including most recently, T2, which revisited the Trainspotting crew 20 years on. Welsh’s new book Dead Men’s Trousers is the next chapter in the lives of Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud. The four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions. Welsh has also become a frequent commentator on Scottish and Brexit politics, so you can expect to be challenged and entertained by a lively conversation with writer Paula Morris.