World renowned writer Irvine Welsh for the Malta Book Festival


World-renowned writer, Scottish writer Irvine Welsh is the international guest of the Malta Book Festival 2021.

Welsh has been an influence on contemporary literature and an icon of the 1990s and is known as the author of dark, rocky and seedy Scottish culture novels ‘say it like it was’.

Irvine rose to fame with Trainspotting, published in 1993. The novel had been rejected for the Booker Prize shortlist for offending the sensibilities of two female judges, but despite the unease of the critical establishment, Welsh’s novel received just as much good reviews than those that were swept away in disgust and indignation – establishing a tradition that continues to this day.

In 1995, Welsh gave up his day job and his fame accelerated further when the novel was adapted for film in 1996 by director Danny Boyle.

After Trainspotting, he continued to write and publish prolifically, remaining a controversial figure whose novels, plays, short stories and short stories proved difficult for literary critics to assimilate.

Trainspotting has sold almost a million copies in the UK alone and is a worldwide phenomenon.

Welsh novels include Marabou Stork Nightmares (1995), Filth (1998), Glue (2001), The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs (2006), Crime (2008), The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins (2014), A Decent Ride (2015) as well as the Mark Renton series following the characters from Trainspotting, including the Porn sequel (2002) and the prequel Skagboys (2012). More recently, Welsh returned to the saga with the final Dead Men’s Trousers (2018). He recently entered the cinema industry and is a partner of two film production companies.

During the Malta Book Festival, the Welsh will participate in two events. In one of them, he will be interviewed about his life and his works by the writer, playwright and former music journalist Wayne Flask, the author of Kapitali. The event will be followed by a signing session.

Next, Welsh will be joined by poet and novelist Immanuel Mifsud in a conversation about his influence on Maltese literature. The event will be moderated by former Minima Publishers founder Mark Vella.

The full schedule of events for the Malta Book Festival 2021 (3-7 November) will be released in the coming weeks.

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