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Visiting Writer Fellow 2014

Siobhán Parkinson

Dr Siobhán Parkinson ( studied at Trinity College Dublin and has worked for decades as a writer and editor. She has published over 25 books, mostly novels for children and teenagers. She was Ireland's first Laureate for Children's Literature (Laureate na nÓg) in 2010-12. She also translates children's books from German. Since it published its first list in 2010, she has been publisher of Little Island Books (, an independent publishing house specialising in books for young readers. Several of her books have received national and international awards and she received Trinity's own Alumni Award in 2013. She has extensive experience as a teacher of creative writing to children, teenagers and adults.

Irish Writer Fellow 2015

Julian Gough

Photo credit: Anne Marie Fives

Julian Gough was born in London to Tipperary parents, and raised in Ireland. While studying philosophy at university in Galway, he began singing with the underground, and very literary, rock band Toasted Heretic. They played London, Paris and New York, released four albums, and had a top ten hit in Ireland in 1991 with Galway and Los Angeles , a song about not kissing Sinead O'Connor.

His first novel,  Juno & Juliet , was published in the UK and US in 2001. His short story  The Orphan and the Mob  won the BBC National Short Story Award (then the biggest prize in the world for a single story), in 2007. 

His second novel,  Jude: Level 1 , was shortlisted for the 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award, alongside work by Alan Bennett, Garrison Keillor and Will Self. (The Sunday Tribune described it as “possibly the finest comic novel since Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman”. )

His story The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble was the first short story ever published by the Financial Times. It was subsequently adapted into a radio play by the BBC.

In early 2010, the Sunday Tribune chose Jude: Level 1 as their Irish Novel of the Decade. 

His collected poems and lyrics, Free Sex Chocolate , were published by Salmon in 2010.

He represented Ireland in the Dalkey Archive' anthology, Best European Fiction 2010 , and in 2011, he wrote the ending to Time Magazine's computer game of the year, Minecraft , broadcast his second radio play, The Great Squanderland Roof , on BBC Radio 4, and published his third novel, Jude in London, which was again shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award .

In 2013, he had a UK Number One Kindle Single with his novella, CRASH! How I Lost A Hundred Billion And Found True Love.

Julian now lives in Berlin.

He is probably best known for stealing Will Self's pig.



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