Irvine Welsh To Appear On South Bank Show

The Scotsman: “Veteran television presenter Melvyn Bragg is to visit Leith for a South Bank Show special tracing the life and work of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.

Lord Bragg will interview the best-selling novelist, who was born and bred in the area. A string of locations which inspired Trainspotting, his famous debut novel, are expected to feature in the programme, which will be shown on ITV in the autumn.
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Researchers have been interviewing a number of local luminaries in preparation for Lord Bragg’s visit, including Mary Moriarty, landlady of the Port o’ Leith, one of Welsh’s favourite watering holes, John Paul McGroarty, artistic director of Leith Festival, and Tim Bell, the tour guide who leads Trainspotting tours around the port.

Among the locations expected to feature in the programme are the site of the former Leith Central Station, now home to the Scotmid supermarket, which inspired the title of Trainspotting.” [Read more]