The 'Trainspotting' Prequel

Irvine Welsh is going to take us back to 18 months before Trainspotting.
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Irvine Welsh: Yeah. I’ve kind of… I found out that… I’ve kind of pulled out this [post] chunk of “Trainspotting” which I never used because it was a bit too… I wanted to start off into, a bang into the addiction. It’s seemed a bit too kind of, a bit too cause and effect and all that kind of stuff, and I was probably a bit more [annihilistic] about [IB] was it would be it explaining how they became drug addicts, and I just thought is was, it was centered around the family dynamics a bit more and their dynamics with each other. I thought it wasn’t really that interesting in explaining how it is, [IB] this is what’s happened and this is the consequences of it.

So, I’ve kind of got more back into these old drafts and now I’m looking at sort of this… I think it’s just an age thing as well, where you’ve kind of get more interested in cause and effect, . So, I’m looking at what’s happened to the characters when they were younger. It starts just with them as a couple of about 18 months before “Trainspotting.”

It’s weird. It’s like kind of, I can’t write about… I find it really hard to write about anybody my own age. I’ve got to sort of write about an age that I’ve been through, . I can’t write about; I’m writing, now, I’ve been writing a story about a guy whose, I guess, in his 70s, which has been quite, kind of a weird thing to do. So, but I find it very, very hard going kind of doing.

But it just seems much more… It just seems much more real to me, to have lived through that kind of age and write about it. I’m not really interested in anybody… It’s weird because I’m not really interested in anybody over 40, basically, because you just go through the same kind of stuff, really. Whereas, I’m kind of… I’m interested… I know… I just feel that I’ve been boring for the last sort of decade or so, . So I’m kind of more interested in how I was and how people were prior to this.


Recorded on: September 8, 2008