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Trainspotting actor Robert Carlyle to join Irvine Welsh for Begbie conversation

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is to be joined by actor Robert Carlyle for a discussion about the character he played in the movie 20 years ago.

Welsh will launch his new novel The Blade Artist, which catches up with the infamous Francis Begbie, at an Edinburgh International Book Festival event.

Carlyle portrayed volatile Begbie in Danny Boyle's 1996 movie and will reprise the role in the forthcoming sequel.

Welsh's new book finds Begbie now living and working in California as a successful sculptor with his wife and daughters, but he is forced to confront his violent past.

The writer and author will discuss the character at the event at Edinburgh's Usher Hall on April 10 as part of the festival's Booked! programme.

It includes an audience question-and-answer session and will be followed by a book signing.

Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said: "Francis Begbie is already a formidable character in Irvine Welsh's novels.

"In the Trainspotting movie, Robert Carlyle elevates Begbie to an unforgettable screen icon: ultra-violent and alpha-male while also quite complex with regard to friendships and sexuality.

"It's a real treat that Irvine's latest novel revisits this fascinating character and even more exciting that Robert will join Irvine in this special Edinburgh International Book Festival event to discuss a career-defining role."

The Trainspotting film was released 20 years ago this week while the book was first published in 1993.

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