Writing Masterclass with Irvine Welsh

09 OCT // 15h30 // Auditorium

Industry Role: Book Author, Screenwriter

Major Works: Trainspotting (1993) and Porno (2006) 

Legendary writer Irvine Welsh will present a masterclass about his creative process, his writing style, and how his work has been adapted to the big screen.


Irvine Welsh is a world-renowned Scottish novelist, best known for his gritty characters, challenging prose, and realistic portrayal of Scotland's criminal underbelly, whose work is characterized by the use of the raw Scots dialect. Welsh’s novels are always set in his native Scotland and filled with anti-heroes, small time crooks and hooligans, that, despite their obvious scumbaggery, are imbued with a sad sense of humanity that almost always turns them into likable characters.

His works have been adapted for the screen numerous times, to widespread success. His book Trainspotting (1993)  a worldwide phenomenon and bestseller in the UK, and internationally, that focuses on the darker side of human nature and drug use  was adapted by Danny Boyle in 1996, starring then-rising actors Ewan McGregor and Kelly Macdonald. The film has since cemented itself in cinema cult canon. 

Welsh is also the author of various other novels, including Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance (1996), Glue (2001), The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs (2006), The Blade Artist (2016), Dead Men’s Trousers (2018), and various other masterworks. Of these books, The Acid House (1994), Porno (2002), and Filth (2013) were also adapted for the big screen; the latter counts with renowned actors like James McAvoy, Jamie Bell and Jim Broadbent.