This event has been postponed until Autumn - date tbc.

The compelling follow-up to the cult classic The Cutting Room, set in post-pandemic Glasgow. 

Thrilling and atmospheric, The Second Cut delves into the dark side of twenty-first century Glasgow. Twenty years on from his appearance in The Cutting Room, gay auctioneer Rilke is still walking a moral tightrope between good and bad, saint and sinner.  He's been trying to stay out of trouble, keeping his life more or less respectable - business has been slow at the Auction house so when an old friend, Jojo, gives Rilke a tip-off for a house clearance, things seem to be looking up. The next day Jojo washes up dead. 
Jojo liked Grindr hook-ups and recreational drugs – is that the reason the police won’t investigate? And if Rilke doesn’t find out what happened to Jojo, who will?

Chaired by Claire Malcolm, New Writing North


‘I doubt I’ll read a better book this year. Dark, funny and humane, Louise Welsh tells the stories that nobody else dares.’ Val McDermid

Booking Information

  • Tickets go on general sale from Thursday 21st April. 
  • Please note that a handling charge of 50p per ticket applies to bookings made in person or over the phone. No handling charges apply to online bookings.
  • Hearing loops are available.  Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book (booking fees will not apply).

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