I first met Irvine Welsh at the Edinburgh Book Festival. I was a huge fan of Trainspotting. And now that the prequel to Trainspotting is out, I thought I would pick his brain about writing, books and Scotland.
Roger Mathey's latest revival of Irvine Welsh's cult novel about a circle of heroin addict friends in Edinburgh, Scotland, Trainspotting, is one of the most visceral, blood and guts stage dramas I've seen in recent memory -- or maybe ever.
It's difficult for me to get behind art that glorifies the illegal drug culture. It just seems like exploitative, easy fodder. But Trainspotting, which examines the life of a troupe of burned out drug dealers and users, is a whole different beast.