Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is taking part in World Book Night tomorrow (23rd April), joining writers such as Lynda La Plante and David Almond at an event at London’s Shaw Theatre.
Welsh, whose latest novel A Decent Ride was published this month by Jonathan Cape, will discuss his reading journey and the books that have inspired him.
World Book Night is now run by the Reading Agency and is being held to coincide with the UNESCO International Day of the Book and the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare. Other authors appearing at the headline event include Sarah Winman, Elizabeth Fremantle and Annabel Pitcher.
However, Elif Sharak has pulled out “due to personal circumstances”.
World Book Night is also hosting regional events at public libraries nationwide and examples include Mary Gibson talking about her novel Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts (Head of Zeus) at Blackburn Library and Alexander McCall Smith taking part in an in-conversation event with the Scotsman at Edinburgh Central Library.
This year a record number of institutions are handing out books to mark the occasion, including 109 prisons and young offender institutes, 1,142 colleges and schools, 30 youth projects, 43 homeless centres and hostels, 170 hospitals, 559 libraries and more than 500 charities and work place organisations