Brian Conaghan was born in 1971. He was raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives and works as a teacher in Dublin. His novel When Mr Dog Bites was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and attracted both praise and controversy for its honest, moving and funny depiction of a teenage boy with Tourette’s syndrome.
He has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow, and his first book The Boy Who Made it Rain was published in 2011. Over the years Brian has made his dosh as a painter and decorator, a barman, a DJ, an actor, a teacher and now a writer. He currently lives in Dublin with two beauties who hinder his writing: his wife Orla and daughter Rosie.