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You don’t come across many characters in popular literature who are described as having “the genitals and brain of a donkey”, but it’s par for the course in Irvine Welsh’s literary world. The celebrated Scottish writer concludes his four date Scottish tour with a trip south of the border, dropping into Newcastle’s Northern Stage on Monday 20th April to talk about his new book, A Decent Ride.

The Scottish novelist and playwright is adept at picking through the seedy underbelly of society, perhaps most famously with his debut novel (and subsequent film adaptation) Trainspotting. Welsh’s use of colloquial speech, themes of drug use, pornography, social and class divides and violence are prolific, and he’s arguably at his best when shining a light on the idiosyncrasies of his fellow Scots.

Welsh’s new novel, A Decent Ride, welcomes back Welsh’s misogynist anti-hero ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson (who previously appeared in Glue and Reheated Cabbage), on a mission to discover the fate of a missing beauty Jinty Magdalen, while keeping her idiot savant lover, the man-child Wee Jonty, out of prison. Set to be his funniest and filthiest book yet, Welsh once again takes on dark taboos with infinite aplomb.

Irvine Welsh is at Northern Stage, Newcastle on Monday 20th April.

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