Irvine Welsh writes 'Begbie' story for homeless charity

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh has revived the book's infamous lager-swilling character Begbie for an exclusive short story to support homeless people at Christmas.

Begbie, played by Robert Carlyle, in a scene from the hit 1996 film apdatation of Trainspotting Credit: Film4

He Ain’t Lager focuses on the violent sociopath's release from prison at Christmastime, his rehabilitation through art and finding love, and his discovery that his brother Joe is homeless.

Welsh wrote the story for the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), a Glasgow-based charity he is an ambassador for that supports The Big Issue and 121 other street papers in 40 countries.

The author said the story contained more revelations about Begbie and urged people to buy The Big Issue: “I'm not sure where this [story] came from." he said. "I never really know. I just think the character has to be full of surprises and I quite like this little twist in his [Begbie's] life.