Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson is the author of ten acclaimed novels, Burning Your Own (winner of the Rooney Prize and Betty Trask First Novel Prize), Fat Lad, Big Thunder Mountain, The International, Number Five, That Which WasThe Third Party and The Mill for Grinding Old People Young, The Rest Just Follows and Gull He has also published four works of non fiction, Lapsed Protestant, a collection of his journalism, Here’s Me HereOnce Upon A Hill, the story of his grandparents who came from different sides of the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland, and, most recently, Backstop Land.


A new novel, Where Are We Now? will be published in 2020.


He has made numerous documentaries for, among others, Channel 4, BBC4 and RTE and is the co-writer of Good Vibrations (BBC Films), based on the life of Belfast punk impresario Terri Hooley, which was released in 2012. He currently teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Queen’s University Belfast.  Will Self recently wrote, ‘Glenn Patterson is Northern Ireland’s prose laureate.  His writing is as compelling as it is compassionate.’  He is currently at work on a new novel and various film and television scripts. He received the Lannan Foundation Literary Award in 2008.