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Irvine Welsh in Conversation - Plus Trainspotting Screening & Book Signing

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Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud are back

Scottish playwright and author Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, Filth) talks about his latest book Dead Men's Trousers in this special event as part of Brisbane Writers Festival.

Held at The Tivoli Theatre on Tuesday 28 August 2018, 7pm, Welsh will be interviewed by Brisbane journalist and writer of Pig City Andrew Stafford about big topics such as music, culture, gender and democracy.


Dead Men's Trousers sees Welsh return to the unforgiving world of Trainspotting, his debut novel which became an instant cult classic and influenced a whole generation. Welsh's gritty portrayal of young working-class men was dubbed by The Sunday Times as "the voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent".

Dead Men's Trousers is the critically-acclaimed fifth and final novel in the Trainspotting series.


Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He's then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he'd been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and - much to Mark's astonishment - doesn't seem interested in revenge.

Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ-harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry - so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn't really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men's Trousers? Fast and furious, scabrously funny and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting.


Following the engaging conversation between Welsh and Stafford, guests will enjoy a special screening of Trainspotting (1996), directed by Danny Boyle and starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Macdonald. Welsh will also graciously participate in a book signing.

Don't miss this special opportunity to see Welsh in conversation with Stafford and enjoy a screening of Trainspotting. It is a one-night-only event and tickets are selling fast. Secure yours now at

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When: Tue 28 Aug 2018 - 7:00pm / Duration: 120 minutes
Where: 52 Costin St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
Cost: $42.57
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