Irvine Welsh (born September 27, 1958) is a Scottish author famous for his mind-screwy, profane and profound novels, all centering on Scottish delinquents (or former Scottish delinquents) and their dysfunctional families, drug addictions and mental perversions. How fun!
Welsh's novels share characters, giving the feel of a "shared universe" within his writing. For example, characters from Trainspotting make cameo appearances in The Acid House, Marabou Stork Nightmares, Ecstasy, Filth, and slightly larger appearances in Glue, whose characters then appear in Porno.
Known for writing in his native Edinburgh Scots dialect, he generally ignores the traditional conventions of literary Scots, used for example by Allan Ramsay, Robert Fergusson, Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, and James Orr. Instead, he transcribes dialects phonetically.
Like Alasdair Gray before him, Welsh also experiments with typography. In the book Filth, the tapeworm's internal monologue is imposed over the top of the protagonist's own internal monologue (the worm's host), visibly depicting the tapeworm's voracious appetite, much like the "Climax of Voices" in Gray's novel 1982, Janine.
Mr Welsh has his very own page of Nightmare Fuel.
In recent years, Welsh's go-to choice for the narrator of his audiobook treatments has been Tam Dean Burn, another Leith native. Burn handles the voices of all characters himself, and affects accents for those coming from places outside of the city. Earlier in Welsh's career, there were adaptations with multiple cast members instead.
- Trainspotting (1993)
- The Acid House (1994) - a collection of short stories
- Marabou Stork Nightmares (1995)
- Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance (1996)
- Filth (1998)
- Glue (2001)
- Porno (2002) - sequel to Trainspotting
- The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs (2006)
- If You Liked School You'll Love Work (2007) - a collection of short stories
- Crime (2008) - features Ray Lennox from Filth
- Skagboys (2012) - prequel to Trainspotting
- The Sex Lives Of Siamese Twins (2014)
- A Decent Ride (2015) - features Juice Terry from Glue
- The Blade Artist (2016) - features Francis Begbie from Trainspotting
- Dead Men's Trousers (2018) - sequel to Porno
- Contamination a novella in the 2001 collection The Weekenders: Travels in the Heart of Africa
- The 2004 collection The Weekenders: Adventures in Calcutta
- The 2005 collection One City
- You'll Have Had Your Hole
- Blackpool - a musical. Music written by Vic Goddard of Subway Sect.
- Babylon Heights - co-written with Dean Cavanagh
- The Meat Trade - co-written with Dean Cavanagh
- Wedding Belles (2007) - co-written with Dean Cavanagh. A made-for-TV film that was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA.
- A 15 minute film for Gene's song "Is It Over" from the album Libertine (2001).
- A short film to accompany the track "Atlantic" from Keane's album Under the Iron Sea (2006).
- The short film NUTS (2007). He also co-wrote the script with Dean Cavanagh.
- Co-directed "The Right to Liberty" a chapter of the documentary film The New Ten Commandments (2008).
- Co-directed Good Arrows - written by Welsh and Cavanagh (2009).
- Trainspotting (1996)
- The Acid House (1998)
- Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy (2011)
- Filth (2013)
- T2 Trainspotting (2017)
- Marabou Stork Nightmares