Brian McGilloway

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Brian McGilloway

Brian McGilloway is the author of the Inspector Benedict Devlin and DS Lucy Black series. He was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. After studying English at Queen’s University, Belfast, he took up a teaching position in St Columb’s College in Derry, where he was Head of English before he moved to writing full-time. In 2014, Brian won BBC NI's Tony Doyle Award for his screenplay, Little Emperors, an award that sees him become writer in residence with BBC NI.


Interviewed 26 July 2014

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Teacher for 18 years. Writer for ten – full time now.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

1. My framed Godfather 2 Quad poster.
2. A painting my eldest son did for my birthday.
3. A picture of my wife and children.
4. Books – lots of books.
5. The edits for the next Lucy Black novel on the screen of my Mac.
6. A poster from Tom Waits’ Glitter and Doom concert in Dublin 2008.
7. A framed set of pictures from the movie Heat – a lovely gift from a past pupil after he left school.
8. Our two mini Schnauzers, running around the back garden,
9. Kids’ toys – lots of kids’ toys.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Spaghetti Bolognaise with meatballs and gluten-free spaghetti as I’m a coeliac. Eight minutes might leave the pasta a little too firm, mind you…

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

For the conversation and music: Tom Waits, F Scott Fitzgerald, James Lee Burke, Umberto Eco, Frank Sinatra, Alfred Tennyson and Robert Frost. Bit of an eclectic mix, I realise, and all male too, I’m afraid.

Six things you can't live without ...

My family, music, books, my dogs, my phone, and sweet popcorn at the cinema.

Five favourite words ...

‘Right kids – time for bed.’ Only when heard on a Friday night, accompanied by the sound of a bottle of wine opening…

Four places you'd run away to ...

My study – frequently.
Prehen woods – near where I grew up in Derry and the setting of Little Girl Lost. A beautiful spot. When you’re there, to steal from Beckett, ‘the Earth might be uninhabited.’
Lake Garda – we took the kids a few years back and are retuning this year again. The best family holiday we’ve ever had.
Shrove beach, in Donegal. Or any Donegal beach for that matter.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Bad Blood by Arne Dahl, The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey and The Black Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black.

Two things that make you rant ...

Bad manners.
Politicians.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Don’t worry about things so much.