Irvine Welsh And Robert Carlyle: We Have To Talk About Begbie

Suddenly, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is one of the hottest tickets around

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One of the books we're most excited about this year is the latest novel from Irvine Welsh, who will be revisiting one of his greatest characters - Francis 'Franco' Begbie - in The Blade Artist in April.

To mark its release, the author has announced he will be hosting an exclusive event with Robert Carlyle, the actor who played Begbie in Trainspotting, the best British film of the 90s (now a somewhat staggering 20 years ago).

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The one-off 90-minute chat about a character that has helped shape both their careers will take place at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on 10 April (you can buy tickets now).

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Last year we interviewed Welsh about his novel A Decent Ride and he promised us the next book would follow 'an old pal'.

To the delight of his fans, that pal is The Beggar Boy who is trying to escape his past as Edinburgh's foremost violent psychopath by starting a new life in America.

Carlyle is rumoured to be on board with the rest of the original cast – and director Danny Boyle – for a Trainspotting sequel that will begin filming this year.

Altogether now: "No c**t leaves here till we find out what c**t did it!".