More About the Author
Damian Barr is a journalist, writer and salonnière. You can, if you really want to, follow him on twitter @damian_barr
'Maggie & Me' is his story of surviving small-town Scotland in the Thatcher years. It won Sunday Times Memoir of the Year: "Full to the brim with poignancy, humour, brutality and energetic and sometimes shimmering prose, the book confounds one's assumptions about those years and drenches the whole era in an emotionally charged comic grandeur. It is hugely affecting."
BBC Radio 4 made it a Book of the Week. Following Jeanette Winterson in 2012, Stonewall named Damian Barr Writer of the Year 2013.
He hosts his own Literary Salon where guests include Bret Easton Ellis, John Waters, Polly Samson, James Frey, David Nicholls, Colm Toibin, Jojo Moyes, Taiye Selasi, Alex Preston, David Mitchell, DBC Pierre and Naomi Alderman. He hosts events with the British Council, Hay, the BBC National Short Story Award and the Man Booker Prize. He has taught a Masterclass in Memoir for the Guardian-UEA.
Shortlisted for a British Press Award, he has been a journalist for over a decade writing mostly for The Times but also the Independent, Independent on Sunday, Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian, Evening Standard and Granta. He is currently Literary Editor of House magazine and a columnist for the Sunday Times and the Big Issue. His first book, based on his Times column, was published by Hodder in 2005. 'Get It Together: A Guide to Surviving Your Quarterlife Crisis' was a bestseller.
Damian has also co-written two plays for Radio 4 and appeared on PM, Midweek, Broadcasting House and Today as well as The Verb and as a presenter on Front Row. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He lives in Brighton with his partner and their intensely demanding chickens.