Irvine Welsh. The Edinburgh International Book Festival.
I am writing this as a pre show review in the peace of the Yurt in Charlotte Square Gardens. Its a huge one that provides the back stage and production base for the festival. Its so peaceful, my mobile phone is charging, so I am taking some time to write in the conducive cool, away from the strength of the sun.Tonight I am reviewing Irvine Welsh, a local boy that has done us proud. And influenced a generation of a certain age, through the film adaptation of “Train Spotting”. Mr Welsh is the most famed Scottish Writer Since Rabbie Burns. And just like Burns in his day. Irvine Welsh is the voice of his people. A working Class Hero, who has never lost touch with his roots. He has certainly influenced my life. What an Honor. To be an official reviewer for this Legend. Cannae wait.
I got to the book festival at 8.00pm, and had a pint of Strongbow, and some chocolate cake to eat while sat in the garden,that is Charlotte Square, among the New Town at the end of George Street and yearly home to “The Edinburgh International Book Festival*. It is a lovely space, a sanctuary of green. conducive to pensive thought Wrapped up in my favorite cozy coat and relaxed.I sipped my cider and took in the space as dusk brought a different atmosphere to the festival. I joined the queue at about 9,00pm. I made a new friend called Linda, we had a giggle because we were both so excited. Linda’s Son and his girlfriend were giggling too. And then we all started moving forward, to the entrance of the Bailey Gifford Main Theater. The Doors were open and the Gig was on.
We took our seats, the lights dimmed and in walked the hero of the evening. We all warmed to him straight away, Our interviewer of the night was the very charming and funny Serene Fields, The opening theme was Mr Welsh’s new book. The Sex Lives Of Siamese twins Ms Fields was very knowledgeable of Irvine’s new release and she expertly asked the questions that would get the beloved author waxing lyrical about how he got the inspiration for the characters of his Novel, set in Miami, Florida. Tales of Voodo and bikinis, Keep Fit instructors with the physiques of speed freaks. Mr Welsh had us all in the palm of his hand.
Instead of promoting his new book, Irvine Welsh had the most amazing of treats for us, he wanted to debut the beginnings of a new novel that he is in the process of writing. Wow! Before that though, we had a lot of time for questions from the audience. Linda, my new friend was bubbling with excitement as the microphone was passed to her sons girlfriend so that she could ask a question. The audience loved it and the reply to her question about The Hibernian Football Team, got a round of applause. Indeed Irvine Welsh is a Son Of Edinburgh. Then the seminal reading of his new novel and amazing exclusive to this hour in the presence of genius. Confessions Of A Taxi Driving Porn Star In Edinburgh. I have a feeling that what we experienced tonight was the beginning a of stage play.
Irvine Welsh enacted all the parts, One could tell that when he wrote this. His heart was longing for home. Welcome Home Irvine. Something very special happened tonight. A brilliant hour of Legendary entertainment.Divine is feeling blessed. Its meaningful. Another masterclass.
Mark ‘Divine’ Calvert