Best-selling author Irvine Welsh and broadcaster Gail Porter will star in a Scottish coastal festival this summer.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 4:57 p.m.
The couple were included in the bill for Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick’s annual cultural celebration, due to take place over ten days in the town of East Lothian in August.
The performances of the two Edinburgh-born stars are expected to be among the highlights of the festival’s literary strand, which is set to take place in venues across North Berwick for the first time as part of a ‘Covid-Secure’ plan to bring the event back this summer.
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Pop-up tents and “stretch tents” with a capacity of up to 500 people will host shows from August 6th to 15th.
The organizers announced today that Paul Murton, who participates in the BBC’s Grand Tours of Scotland show, travel and medical writer Gavin Francis and writer Helen McClory will be on the line-up.
The event, which is expected to attract around 20,000 festival-goers from August 6-15, also features live music and comedy, as well as showcases for food and beverage manufacturers and craftsmen.
Award-winning Scottish comic Janey Godley, American disco legend Candi Staton, electronica outfit Basement Jaxx, front man of Fun Lovin ‘Criminals, Huey Morgan, Hebridean rockers Peat & Diesel and Scottish folk favorites The Poozies will all headline shows stage.
Porter is set to speak about her career and struggles with depression, anorexia, self-harm and homelessness, which was the subject of an award-winning BBC Scotland documentary last year.
She said, “I’m really excited to come to this year’s Fringe by the Sea Festival.
“After being locked in my hometown London during the pandemic, I am dying to return to Scotland to see some friendly faces and green spaces.
“I look forward to sharing my personal story with people who come to this year’s event. So many of us are struggling with mental health during the pandemic, so it’s important to talk about it and support one another. Then shake it off on the dance floor with the mighty
Keller Jaxx later that night. “
“/>Gail Porter will discuss how she has dealt with the effects of the Covid restrictions during her performance on the edge of the sea.
Welsh will appear in Fringe by the Sea 25 years after the film adaptation of the novel Trainspotting was released and months after the launch of Creation Stories, the new film he wrote based on the life of Scottish music mogul Alan McGee.
He said: “The prospect of a live event with an audience is good and North Berwick is the top draw venue.
“There’s a lot to talk about and I’m looking forward to having some fun with the good people at Fringe by the Sea.”
Francis, a general practitioner who splits his time between Edinburgh and Orkney, will speak about Intensive Care, his new book on the impact of the pandemic on urban and rural communities.
“/> Irvine Welsh will be on Fringe by the Sea months after his latest film Creation Stories was released.
Edinburgh-based writer McClory, a former Saltire First Book of the Year winner, will speak about her brand new novel, Bitterhall.
Murton’s fans will hear of the discussion on The Highlands, his new book in which he will cast a new eye on iconic destinations such as Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness and the Cairngorms.
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“/> Fringe by the Sea will take place in North Berwick for 10 days in August.