Irvine Welsh

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Irvine Welsh, the Edinburgh born novelist, playwright, storyteller and screenwriter became the Patron of Screen Education Edinburgh in 2014.

“As a local who grew up in North Edinburgh, I’m delighted and honoured to be patron of Screen Education Edinburgh. If you come from a disadvantaged area, the world can often seem to conspire against you, constraining your vision to the streets around you and the urgent here and now of simply getting by. Cinema is a wonderful tool in combating that horrible malaise, opening up windows into different worlds, and helping us to understand our own ones better through the broadening of our horizons. The skills you learn through being part of a committed team, working on a task that can create a little bit of magic are transferable to other areas of our life.”