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Interview: Neu! Reekie!'s Michael Pedersen – 'Scottish lit is randy and ready for a roasting'

7 May 2015

Co-founder of Scotland's exciting literary and music collective tells us about new anthology

It's a big year for Neu! Reekie!. Founded by Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson, this counter-cultural collision of prose, poetry, live music and art goes from strength to strength with the launch of poetry anthology #UntitledOne in May.

Interview: Irvine Welsh, ‘Every election is in some ways a rerun of the Independence Referendum’

10 Apr 2015

The author of A Decent Ride talks all things Scotland, from indy ref to Hurricane Bawbag

‘When you see where you come from from abroad, it just seems so much more exotic’, says Irvine Welsh, over a patchy phone line from Chicago. He’s reflecting on Scotland, his home country, and the place we’ve been discussing in detail ever since he asked…

Irvine Welsh – A Decent Ride

3 Apr 20153 stars

Glue’s ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson returns as a Lothario of epic proportions

In 'Juice' Terry Lawson, one of Welsh's most popular creations since his first appearance in Glue back in 2001, the author has crafted a comic book antihero, a character so absurd that all you can do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Enjoyable it is…

The Hot 100 2014: Top Scottish Books of 2014

11 Dec 2014

Our nation’s literary pedigree remains in rude health

2014 has been a bumper year for Scottish books across the board. Kicking it off in autobiography, actor Alan Cumming’s Not My Father’s Son (Canongate) is moving, funny and a candid story of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father. Writer and…

Highlights from 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival: Fri 22 – Mon 25 Aug

17 Aug 2014

Martin Amis, Gruff Rhys, Haruki Murakami and Peter Ross among guests at Charlotte Square

Friday sees a joint event with two of the literature’s bright young things, Ned Beauman and Clemens J Setz discussing their recent work. Beauman will be speaking about Glow, his follow-up to 2012’s Booker Prize-longlisted The Teleportation Accident, and…

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Dystopian graphic novel IDP 2043 events set for 2014 Edinburgh Book Festival

15 Aug 2014

Collaborative work featuring contributions from Irvine Welsh, Denise Mina and Pat Mills

Charlotte Square went mad for comics last year – so much so, they’ve collaborated with Freight Books on a new graphic novel. David Pollock finds out more.


15 Aug 20143 stars

High energy theatre performed in promenade captures bleak, scatalogical humour and morality of novel

Twenty-one years since Irvine Welsh's iconic novel Trainspotting was first published, it's appropriate that young Scottish company In Your Face Theatre should now offer their stage adaptation to the "rich Edinburgh Festival cunts" so despised by Renton…

Programme highlights from the 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival

17 Jul 2014

Including Lauren Child, Julian Cope, Tony Parsons, Irvine Welsh and Jacqueline Wilson

Lauren Child One of this year’s guest selectors, multi-award winning author and illustrator Lauren Child takes part in three events. The creator of Charlie and Lola, and Clarice Bean discusses her gadget-heavy Ruby Redfort Trilogy (9 Aug), before…

Profile: Louise Welsh and Irvine Welsh set for 2014 Edinburgh International Book Festival

15 Jul 2014

The two Scottish writers share more than a surname

Louise Welsh and Irvine Welsh are among modern Scotland’s top literary talents. If you’ve been paying close attention, you’ll also have spotted that they share a surname. Yasmin Sulaiman digs around for more astonishing coincidences between the pair

Irvine Welsh - The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

29 Apr 20144 stars

Female narrators dazzle in hugely entertaining read that throws some punches at modern America

For his ninth novel, Irvine Welsh has swapped grey and gritty Scotland for blue Floridian skies, but not even the Miami sunshine can diminish his darkly twisted view of the world. The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins tells the story of personal trainer Lucy…

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Calvin Harris, Irvine Welsh, Jay Z and Will Smith linked to new TV series Higher

23 Jan 2014

The half-hour comedy series, set in the world of electronic music, is due to be screened on HBO

Calvin Harris and Irvine Welsh are to collaborate on new TV series Higher, a half-hour comedy series to be screened on HBO (as first reported by Deadline). The series will be 'set in the world of electronic music', and will count Jay Z and Will & Jada…

Marram/Various Artists - Sun Choir / Boats

5 Dec 20133 stars

Project aiding children in India features Jarvis Cocker, Max Tundra, Owen Pallett and Dan Deacon

These two albums, along with an accompanying film narrated by Irvine Welsh, are the celebratory fruit of seven years’ work by up to 1000 individuals, including Jarvis Cocker, Max Tundra, Owen Pallett and Dan Deacon, on a project called Everything Is…

Interview: James McAvoy, Jon S Baird and Eddie Marsan talk Filth

16 Sep 2013

McAvoy: 'It just felt like, “f***ing hell, this film’s gonna kill me!”’'

Talk about author support. When Irvine Welsh signed over the movie rights to his 1998 book Filth to director Jon S Baird, the Leith-born novelist vowed to get a tattoo in honour of their collaboration. ‘He said, “I’ll get the tattoo done if you get the…

Autumn film preview 2013: Filth, Sunshine on Leith and For Those in Peril

23 Aug 2013

The three highly anticipated Scottish films suggest something of a national filmmaking resurgence

Autumn 2013 is shaping up to be another critical juncture in the story of Scottish filmmaking. Like the mythical Brigadoon, the notion of a national film and television studio has made its traditional appearance from behind a billowing mist of caution…

Top five films to have missed out on a Best Picture Oscar

7 Feb 2013

As the 2013 Academy Awards draw closer, we have a look at some of the finest films to be overlooked

These films may not have won the Academy Award for Best Picture but they have however, made it to this top 5 list. Needless to say only one film can win the award each year, which leaves many brilliant and iconic films missing out. With the Oscars 2013…

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Scottish Book of the Year Award 2012 shortlist announced

16 Nov 2012

Nominees include Alan Warner, Aonghas MacNeacail, Carol Ann Duffy, Ewan Morrison and Irvine Welsh

The shortlist has been announced for the 2012 Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year. This years award will be chosen from a list of seven authors including James Kelman, Irvine Welsh and Kathleen Jamie to become the best Scottish book of…

Ten significant modern Scottish novels

2 Nov 2012

Featuring Michel Faber, Andrew O’Hagan, AL Kennedy and Anne Donovan

Under the Skin (2000). Set in the Highlands, Michel Faber’s full-length fiction debut was a real shock to the system. Isserley is an über-earthly creature with deep scars and thick specs who is on a mission to capture muscle-bound men for creepy…

Edinburgh International Book Festival: Highlights

10 Aug 2012

Seamus Heaney, Michael Morpurgo, Irvine Welsh, Nile Rodgers and more

Seamus Heaney The Nobel prizewinner is in town for what will be an undoubted highlight of the month (if not the year) as he chews some literary fat with Karl Miller and Andrew O’Hagan. See online feature at 3-18 Aug, 6.30pm, £10…

Irvine Welsh comes to 2012 Edinburgh Book Festival with Trainspotting prequel Skagboys

9 Aug 2012

The Scottish author jogs back into the past with Begbie and co

While us Scots haven’t got the best reputation for putting fitness and health at the top of our to-do lists, Irvine Welsh is doing his bit for the image of his nation in further-off climes. Now mainly based in the US, he has had to knock…

First Shot: Just Say Aye - an extract from Irvine Welsh's Skagboys

26 Apr 2012

A sneak peek inside the Edinburgh author's Trainspotting prequel

We head oot and dive oantae a 16, bound fir Johnny’s pad at Tolcross. It’s a blindin hot day so we sit doonstairs at the back for a better view ay the passin fanny. Back top deck wi Begbie, tae intimidate wideos, back bottom wi Sick Boy tae leer at…

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Interview: Irvine Welsh on Trainspotting prequel Skagboys

25 Apr 2012

The new book, Leith, Twitter and the importance of subcultures

Early on in our transatlantic phone conversation, it suddenly becomes unclear whether I’m chatting to Irvine Welsh or Frank Begbie. When I ask whether he might well be the busiest man in Scottish culture right now, the response comes over loud, clear…

Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy

19 Apr 20122 stars

An agonisingly watered-down imitation of Welsh's short story

Nothing dates faster than drug culture, and writer-director Rob Heydon’s Irvine Welsh adaptation arrives nearly two decades after the era of the dedicated pill-popper. Taken from Welsh’s story 'The Undefeated', part of the 1996 compilation that provides…

Preview of 2012 - Irvine Welsh's Skagboys

6 Jan 2012

Renton, Sick Boy et al are revisited in this Trainspotting prequel

Wonder how Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and co got to be the drugged-up life-rejecting Leith loons in Trainspotting? Well, wonder no more, as the publication of Skagboys brings us a bit more background on the individual and social circumstances revolving…

Film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

20 Aug 2011

The premiere of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy will take place at the Toronto Independent Film Festival WHEN, which takes place from 8–18 September. The film is directed by music video director Rob Heydon, making his big screen debut, and stars Scottish actors…

Neighbourhood Watch: Leith, Edinburgh

21 Jul 2011

A beginner's guide to the capital's port town

What’s it like? It’s Leith. If you’re an Edinburgh List reader, it’s very likely you live there. Glossy bars, Michelin-starred restaurants and warehouse conversions squaring off against cobbles, pint’n’pie pubs and Hibees. Vibrant, community-focused (it…