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Brian Leyden: On Writing


Brian Leyden is 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 Manhattan, Even the Walls Were Sweatin’, The Closing of the Gaiety Cinema in Carrick-on-Shannon and An Irish Station Mass. He is also co-writer of the feature film, Black Ice.  Awards include the Francis McManus Short Story Award and The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Travel and Education Award. He is a recipient of a Norman Mailer Writers Colony Scholarship (USA), Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, (BAI) Sound and Vision Award, an Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Literary Bursary 2014, and a Culture Ireland Travel Award in 2016.  Most recently he contributed to Writing Ireland: 250 Years of Hodges Figgis (2018). His current publications are Sweet Old World: New & Selected Stories, his memoir The Home Place and the novel Summer of ’63.


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