Today's guest is Julian Gough, the author of four acclaimed novels, two BBC radio plays, a successful stage play, and the ending to Time Magazine’s 2011 computer game of the year, Minecraft, which has sold over 140 million copies. He also sang with underground literary pop band Toasted Heretic. They released four albums, and had a top ten hit with the single "Galway and Los Angeles", a song about not kissing Sinead O'Connor.
He won the largest prize in the world for a single short story (the BBC National Short Story Award) in 2007, and was shortlisted for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize in 2008, and again in 2011, for his linked novels Jude in Ireland, and Jude in London. His poetry collection, Free Sex Chocolate, was published in 2010. In 2013, he had a UK number one Kindle Single with the comic novella CRASH!
His three children’s books, starring Rabbit & Bear (and illustrated by Jim Field), are published in 20 languages. The first and second of these (Rabbit’s Bad Habits, and The Pest in the Nest) were shortlisted for Irish Book of the Year Awards in 2016 and 2017. He now lives in Berlin, from which base he blogs, twitters, and steals pigs. (photgraphy credit to Juliana Socher)
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