Julian Gough is the author of four acclaimed novels, three beloved children’s books, two BBC radio plays, a successful stage play, and a partridge in a pear tree. He also wrote the ending to Time Magazine’s 2011 computer game of the year, Minecraft.
In his youth, he sang with underground literary pop band Toasted Heretic on four albums, and had a top ten hit in Ireland with the single Galway and Los Angeles. He won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2007, and was shortlisted, twice, for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize. A poetry collection, Free Sex Chocolate, was published in 2010, and in 2013 he had a UK number one Kindle Single with the comic novella CRASH! His latest novel, Connect, was published by Picador in 2018.
His Rabbit & Bear children’s books (illustrated by the great Jim Field) are now published in 25 languages. The first book, Rabbit's Bad Habits, was shortlisted for an Irish Book of the Year Award in 2016; its French translation won the Prix Livrentête in 2018. The sequel, The Pest in the Nest, was shortlisted for both an Irish Book of the Year Award, and the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award.
Julian has also been writer in residence in Trinity College Dublin, the University of Limerick, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.