Brian Leyden

Brian Leydenwas born in Arigna and has written extensively about his home area for RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany. His current publications are Sweet Old World: New & Selected Stories, his memoir The Home Placeand the novel Summer of ’63.

Brian Leydenis a novelist, short story writer, memoirist, screenwriter and editor. He has written extensively about his home area for RTÉ’s Sunday Miscellany. His radio documentary work includes No Meadows in ManhattanEven the Walls Were Sweatin’, The Closing of the Gaiety Cinema in Carrick-on-Shannonand An Irish Station Mass. He is also co-writer ofthe feature film, Black Ice,about young racers which received an IFTA Best Actress nomination for it lead actor Jane McGrath. He was Ireland’s Age & Opportunity Bealtaine Festival National Writer in Residence (2016) and toured Ireland with his show Old Flames. Awards include the Francis McManus Short Story Award and The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Travel and Education Award. He is arecipient of a Norman Mailer Writers Colony Scholarship(USA), Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, (BAI) Sound and Vision Award (2014). And an Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon “Literary Bursary” 2014. His work has appeared most recently in Winter Papers Vol II, andReadingthe Future: New Writing from Ireland, celebrating 250 years of Hodges Figgis  book shop, Dublin (Arlen House, 2018). He is a much sought after creative writing mentor known for his extremely popular, practical, informed and inspirational workshops in fiction and non-fiction. Most recently he completed The Famine Atticaudio for the Carrick-on-Shannon Workhouse (2019). His current publications are Sweet Old World: New & Selected Stories, his memoir The Home Placeand the novel Summer of ’63.


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