Sunday, May 07, 2006

Chuck Palahniuk & Irvine Welsh at Brighton Festival

This year's Brighton Festival kicked off yesterday and I was lucky enough to have the night off so went along to the Chuck Palahniuk and Irvine Welsh literary event. Both authors read for about thirty minutes each, Chuck selecting the tale Hot Potting from his latest novel Haunted (accompanied, rather fittingly, by hundreds of meat scented air fresheners), whilst Irvine chose to read three passages from his forthcoming novel The Bedroom Secrets Of The Master Chefs. They then discussed their writing experiences and influences, before an audience Q&A in which Chuck related some particularly dark humourous anecdotes. Afterwards both authors hung around to sign copies of their books and seemed very jovial, chatting about tomorrow's Stories In Motion event and then discussing The Brian Jonestown Massacre after Irvine spotted my t-shirt - he's seeing them play on Monday night apparently. I'll be back at the Corn Exchange again tonight to see what they come up with alongside DJs Phil Hartnoll & Nick Smith and for their improvised multi-media performance...

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