5 Questions - Irvine Welsh


This article is from 2008.

5 Questions - Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh is well and truly ensconced into Scottish literary legend and is a rare living example. But that doesn’t mean he won’t have time to answer some silly questions. Here’s a quintet of them

Give us five words to describe Crime?
Crime is an existential thriller.

Which authors should be more famous than they are now?
I used to say Ron Butlin, but I think that’s changing now. I think Doug Johnstone will soon be very famous. If I have to move outside Edinburgh I would say Joe Meno, a great Chicago writer.

What do you love about Edinburgh in August?
The (proper) football season starts and you get to go to Easter Road again. Is there anything else important?

Which dead author do you wish was still alive today?
Seth Morgan. He tragically died after he wrote Homeboy, which was a brilliant novel. He’d have gone on to do great things.

What would you change about the publishing world?
I can’t really complain about how I’ve been treated. If I said longer lunches and bigger advances, they would probably never speak to me again.

21 Aug, 6.30pm, £9 (£7).

This article is from 2008.

Irvine Welsh

The 'Trainspotting' author reads from his new novel, simply entitled 'Crime'.


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