Irvine Welsh entertained Liverpool book lovers at Oh Me Oh My for the launch of his new novel The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins during the Writing On The Wall Festival.
Welsh, the author of acclaimed novels Trainspotting and Filth, joined celebrated Birkenhead writer Kevin Sampson for an evening of jovial conversation, the signing of his new novel and a live DJ set from The Farm’s Peter Hooton.
Sampson, author of Awaydays, Powder and recent best seller The Killing Pool, set the tone for a relaxed evening discussing the power of language (especially expletives) and how bad writing rather than good has the power to inspire.
In the vintage grandeur of Oh Me Oh My, run by the team behind Leaf Tea Shop on Bold Street, Welsh waxed lyrical on questionable hair-dos, the influence of punk and house music, brutality in literature and Saturday Night Fever!
The evening closed with Hooton’s eclectic mix of soul, ska and disco (including Schneider TM’s cover of The Smith’s classic There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – see clip below) providing a fine backdrop to a thoroughly entertaining night.
Writing On The Wall Festival Director, Madeline Heneghan, said: “The night truly did justice to Irvine Welsh, one of the most iconic writers of his generation.
“Credit to Kevin Sampson for his skillful hosting of the evening, the clear presence of their friendship made the evening warm and relaxed.”
The WoW festival continues throughout May, for more details click here. For a full brochure, click here.
Kevin Sampson’s latest novel, The Killing Pool , is on sale here.
Irvine Welsh’s latest novel The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins is on sale here.
For an interview with Kevin Sampson read here.
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