By Pete Donohue

Not an article on currently invisible Southern rail carriages, this is a good news heads up for Irvine Welsh fans. The celebrated Edinburgh author is coming to our own St Mary in The Castle to read to us from his latest compelling novel The Blade Artist.

Welsh’s 1993 debut Trainspotting was quickly adapted for stage and screen. The film version is now twenty years old but I still found it riveting when I watched it again recently. The film version of its sequel Porno, directed by Danny Boyle and starring original cast members Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle is due for release at the end of the year.

Since Trainspotting Welsh has written a further nine novels including Filth, Marabou Stork Nightmare, Ecstasy, Glue, Porno and Skagboys, as well as four books of short fiction. The Blade Artist has been described as both elegant and electrifying – ultra-violent but curiously redemptive.

Blade Artist

This new work begins on a sun drenched Californian beach but it isn’t long before protagonist Jim Francis is called back to Welsh’s Edinburgh to bury his mysteriously murdered son. Now we have a fast-paced crime thriller featuring the return of one of Trainspotting’s most tormented iconic characters. I’m not going to say here which one it is but Welsh fans will soon guess.

To find out for yourself you can hear this, now Chicago-based, important contemporary novelist read on Tuesday 30th August. Welsh will be supported by Hastings based writer Gro Playboy and there will be local DJ’s spinning specially selected tunes. After the performance Irvine Welsh will be signing books.

St Mary in The Castle, Pelham Crescent, Hastings TN34 3AF (01424 715880)

Doors: 7 pm – Tickets £16