Brunch with Irvine Welsh in St Andrews

Wednesday 6th April 2016

  • Venue St Andrews Town Hall, Queen's Gardens, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9TA
  • Doors open 11.15am
  • Start time 11.30am
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Blade Artist

Join us for brunch with the original bad boy of Scottish literature, Irvine Welsh! We’ll be celebrating his latest novel, The Blade Artist, and the return of one of Trainspotting’s most terrifying characters – That’s right, Begbie’s back.

Jim Francis has finally found the perfect life – and is now unrecognisable, even to himself. A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California. Some say he’s a fake and a con-man, while others see him as a genuine visionary.

But Francis has a very dark past, with another identity and a very different set of values. When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies – and, most alarmingly, his former self – Francis seems to have other ideas.

When Melanie discovers something gruesome in California, which indicates that her husband’s violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly…

Edinburgh native Irvine Welsh first exploded onto the literary scene in 1993 with his monumental debut Trainspotting, and has followed this with a stream of iconic books, including Filth, Porno, and Skagboys. Trainspotting was adapted for the screen twenty years ago this year to great success, and filming for its sequel, Porno featuring the original all-star cast, is due to begin this year.

We’ll be serving up bacon rolls with tea and coffee from 11.30 to 12, followed by an hour with the man himself!

**Please note Early Bird tickets and £10 places have now sold out!**

**A vegetarian option will be available, please notify us if this is required by April 5th**