Irvine Welsh the Interview

Irvine Welsh In Conversation with Richard Fidler

Sunday 26 August 2018
4.00PM – 5.00PM
National Library of Australia

A must attend event. Acclaimed and sometimes controversial Scottish author and playwright Irvine Welsh in conversation with the ABC’s Richard Fidler. Best known as the writer of the Trainspotting series, Welsh will chat about Dead Men’s Trousers, the fifth novel in the series that has made Welsh a household name in the literary world. Hear from the man who swears he had a criminal record at eight years old.

Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh and neither school nor conventional employment appealed. Trainspotting, Welsh¹s debut novel, was rejected from the Man Booker Prize shortlist, allegedly for offending the judges. It went on to sell over a million copies in the UK alone and was adapted into an iconic film by Danny Boyle, starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Kelly Macdonald. Porno was adapted into T2: Trainspotting, a sequel that reunited the original cast and crew. He is now the author of twelve novels, most recently Dead Men¹s Trousers. He serves as the Official Ambassador of the Homeless World Cup and currently lives in Miami.

Richard Fidler presents Conversations with Richard Fidler, an in-depth, up-close-and personal interview program broadcast across Australia on ABC Radio. He’s interviewed prime ministers, astronauts, writers and scientists, but the program often features remarkable people who are unknown to the wider world. Conversations is the most downloaded podcast in Australia. Richard is the author of the best-selling books Ghost Empire and Saga Land, a journey into the sagas of Iceland, co-written with Kári Gíslason. Saga Land was awarded the 2018 Indie Book Award for non-fiction.