AWARD-WINNING author Irvine Welsh is going back to where it all began to launch the final instalment of his Trainspotting series – a biscuit factory in Leith.
One long-running character will be killed off in Dead Men’s Trousers, which sees Renton, Begbie, Spud and Sick Boy reunite in their fifties, in the months running up to Hibernian Football Club winning the Scottish Cup.
More will be revealed at the 300-capacity launch event on March 24, to be held at former Crawford’s premises, where the writer will read an excerpt from his latest work.
The story begins with a chance encounter between Renton, now an international jetsetter who manages DJs, and reinvented artist Begbie, played by Robert Carlyle in Danny Boyle’s film adaptations.
Sick Boy and Spud are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but things soon go badly wrong and one of the four will not survive.
“The book will be the last time the four main characters are together,” said the author.
“As they grow older it becomes unrealistic to see them having further significant adventures as a quartet. It’s great to basically end their adventures where they started off, right in Leith at the biscuit factory.”