Presented by Brisbane Writers Festival

Irvine Welsh: Dead Men's Trousers


7:00PM Under 18s must attend with a Parent or Guardian
About the Show

From $41 / Reserved Seating / Under 18s must attend with a Parent or Guardian

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. Through popular culture, Welsh influenced a whole generation with his gritty portrayal of young working-class men. Welsh is interviewed by Brisbane journalist and writer of Pig City, Andrew Stafford, about big topics such as music, culture, gender and democracy. 

The conversation between Irvine and Andrew will be followed by a special screening of Trainspotting (the original 1996 film), as well as a book signing.

Irvine Welsh is the author of eleven previous novels and four shorter books of short fiction. He shot to fame with the publication of Trainspotting in 1993. Filth (1998) and Ecstasy (1996) were both Sunday Times bestsellers. Dead Men’s Trousers is the sequel to The Blade Artist (2016).

About Dead Men's Trousers: 

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.

“Welsh is on compulsively readable, searingly funny form in what has been billed as the final Trainspotting novel… What I really like about Welsh’s storytelling is that he makes these amoral misadventures so propulsive, so joyfully awful, that you have to go with the flow… this roués’ romp is about as much fun as you can have between two book covers.” - Dominic Maxwell, The Times

Running Times:

    7:00pm - Doors
    7:45pm - 8:45pm - Irvine Welsh in conversation with Andrew Stafford 
    9:00pm - 10:40pm - Trainspotting Showing
    9:00pm - 9:30pm - Book Signing

Doors Open


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