Q&A Irvine Welsh



Look who we’ve got, only Irvine bleeding Welsh. The man behind the iconic Trainspotting, Filth, Porno and Marabou Stork Nightmares amongst other gems has kindly given us some of his valuable time. I actually met him once, down Ninian Park where it was rumoured a film on the Soul Crew by Tony Rivers and Dave Jones was in the pipeline. Maybe it’s Irvine’s next venture? Watch this space…..

What did you have for breakfast?

I had porridge made with almond nut milk, with salt, honey and blueberries.

What’s good about your hometown?

Edinburgh – Pubs, Hibs, characters, trams, cafés.

Provide us with a synopsis for your autobiography in 140 characters and what would you call it?

Was born, will die and is battling hard to make the best of the bits in the middle through spreading love and creating art.

If you could punch one celebrity in the face with absolutely no repercussions, who would it be?

I never get that wound up by celebs, even the obnoxious ones, I just turn over. Any member of the current cabinet I’d cheerfully boot up and down Leith Walk all day.

Tell us something that not many people know about you?

I’m tallish at 6 foot 2. For some reason a lot of people expect me to be a short arse.

You’ve got £300 to spend on menswear, tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

I go for shoes. At 300 quid you can get a good pair of shoes. A really decent jacket or coat would cost a bit more.

Favourite 3 labels over the last 20 years?

I know that people will laugh at this as it’s become the default label for radges, but I always liked Stone Island and the button on label.

I hate Nikes – they are just pish for sheep- give me Adidas any day of the week.

And I’m showing my age, but fuck it, Ben Sherman. Give me a black and white checked shirt and a load of lucky ladies.

If a film was made of your life, tell us four songs that would be on the soundtrack?

Hypo full of Love – A3

Comeback Girl – Republic of Loose

Golden Years – Bowie

Sunshine on Leith – Proclaimers