I’m highlighting these podcasts because watched the South Bank Show on Sunday night for the first time in ages. Specifically because Irvine Welsh was supposed to be taking Melvin Bragg around bits of Edinburgh. I lived in Muirhouse where lots of Trainspotting was set for some of my early life and thought it’d be interesting to see his view of it now.
But it turned out to be much more interesting than just a tour of Edinburgh. Welsh talks about his new book and covers some really interesting themes. Drugs and alcohol (suprise surprise), love and hatred, the class system and rebellion. I have total admiration for the gritty academia of people like Welsh. I know some people will struggle with his accent, but he speaks concisely (and to my mind eloquently) about big stuff that affects real people.
More about the South Bank Show podcasts.