Character or narrative?

I’m drafting my Trainspotting character studies at the moment. Last Sunday I was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland and I decided I would say it, loud and clear, to see what it sounds like: ‘Welsh’s characters work far better than the narrative in...

Sick Boy or Begbie: which one is nastier?

You know how children squabble over their favourites? Well, who is your least favourite character in Trainspotting? Begbie is the clear-cut choice in the film, but the book is more subtle. Is it Sick Boy’s cynical pimping of wee Maria, and his attitude that...

Sorted at Leith Central Station

Thanks to everyone who came on a tour during August. The weather was never kind to us. But, standing at the foot of the ramp that used to lead up to platform level at Leith Central Station – the location for the eponymous utterance – I finally sorted out...

Welsh’s busy weekend

Last Friday Welsh joined with Scottish and American literary friends in a fun evening of readings and anecdotes. On Saturday he read from Skagboys at the Edinburgh Book Festival, and on Sunday he gave┬áthe ‘keynote speech’ at a writers’ conference...

Leith calling… tune in

Lots of people in Leith have been helping the research team for the Radio 4 show ‘Mark Steel’s in town’ this week. Mark’s job is to get inside the history and the character of wherever he goes and make it funny, stand-up style. They are...