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A Decent Ride, Irvine Welsh

What happens when you combine the creator of outrageous comic novels with the writer behind Peep Show and The Thick of It?

What happens when those two writers discuss a single theme?

An unmissable evening and just the first in a series of events created by Vintage and The Guardian.

Irvine Welsh will be joined by Jesse Armstrong to talk about the art of comedy writing, sharing their experiences from page and screen in a discussion with writer and stand-up comedian, Viv Groskop.

Irvine Welsh has long pushed boundaries with his dark comic novels like Trainspotting, Porno and Filth. Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals, Jesse ArmstrongHis new novel, A Decent Ride, signals the return of one of his most popular characters, 'Juice' Terry Lawson, cab driver, hustler and gonzo porn-star.

Jesse Armstrong not only created Peep Show, Fresh Meat and Four Lions (with Chris Morris) but also co-wrote The Thick of It. His debut novel, Love, Sex & Other Foreign Policy Goals, features a cast of good-natured characters heading off to Bosnia in 1994 to help stop the Balkan War armed with a lot of rice, a half written play and their faithful Ford Transit.

Enter our competition to win a pair of tickets here.


Irvine Welsh is hitting the road to celebrate the launch of his novel A DECENT RIDE, which centres on one of his most popular characters - hustler cabbie ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson.

Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland will all have the chance to hear Welsh reading from his latest, outrageous, comic masterpiece.


12 April: Gardyne Theatre, Dundee

17 April: Glasgow Aye Write!

18 April: Aberdeen Performing Arts

19 April: Edinburgh Lyceum  


20 April: Northern Stage, Newcastle

21 April: Guardian Live with Vintage at Bloomsbury Theatre, London

25th May: 5x15 at Conway Hall, London


23 May: Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, Hay-on-Wye


24 April: Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway City

22 May: International Literature Festival, Dublin

A rampaging force of nature is wreaking havoc on the streets of Edinburgh, but has top shagger, drug-dealer, gonzo-porn-star and taxi-driver, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, finally met his match in Hurricane ‘Bawbag’?

A Decent Ride sees Irvine Welsh back on home turf, A Decent Ride, Irvine Welshleaving us in the capable hands of one of his most compelling and popular characters, ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson, and introducing another bound for cult status, Wee Jonty MacKay: a man with the genitals and brain of a donkey.

In his funniest, filthiest book yet, Irvine Welsh celebrates an un-reconstructed misogynist hustler – a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent –and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos. So fasten your seatbelts, because this is one ride that could certainly get a little bumpy…

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23/05/2015 Daisy Hay
10:00 Festival
Venue details: Hay Festival, The Drill Hall, 25 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AD
Events details: The award-winning biographer describes the passionate relationship between Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli and shows how they rose to the top of the British establishment in an age of conformity – in spite of their lack of it. Mary Anne was twelve years older than Benjamin, eccentric, liable to misbehave, and overdressed for grand society. He was a mid-ranking novelist of Jewish descent, and often mired in debt. They were fiercely devoted to one another. Hay has used the passionate letters they wrote to each other, held by the Bodleian Library, to piece together their story. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.
Contact details: Hay Festival
23/05/2015 Peter Moore
10:00 Festival
Venue details: Hay Festival, The Drill Hall, 25 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AD
Events details: In an age when a storm at sea was evidence of God’s great wrath, C19th meteorologists had to fight against convention and religious dogma. But buoyed by the achievements of the Enlightenment, a generation of mavericks set out to explain the secrets of the atmosphere and learned to predict the future. Among them were Luke Howard, the first to classify the clouds, Francis Beaufort who quantified the winds, James Glaisher who explored the upper atmosphere in a hot-air balloon, Samuel Morse whose electric telegraph gave scientists the means by which to transmit weather warnings, and Admiral Robert FitzRoy himself, master sailor, scientific pioneer and founder of the Met Office.
Contact details: Hay Festival
23/05/2015 Irvine Welsh
13:00 Festival
Venue details: Hay Festival, The Drill Hall, 25 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AD
Events details: Hay Festival / Radio 3 The Verb
Contact details: Hay Festival
24/05/2015 Yuval Noah Harari
13.00 Festival
Venue details: Hay Festival, The Drill Hall, 25 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5AD
Events details: 100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?<br><br>In Sapiens, Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?<br><br>This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books.
Contact details: Hay Festival
24/05/2015 Sofka Zinovieff
12:00 Festival
Venue details: Charleston Festival, Charleston Farmhouse, Charleston Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL
Events details: Charleston Festival
Contact details: Charleston Festival
events found: 55