About Paul McVeigh
Born in Belfast, Paul McVeigh is an award-winning writer whose work has been performed on stage and radio, published in print and been translated into French, German, Hungarian, Polish, Russian and Spanish.
He began his career as a playwright before moving to London where he wrote comedy shows, which were performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in London’s West End.
His short stories have been published in literary journals and anthologies, read on BBC Radio 5 and commissioned by BBC Radio 4.
He is the Co-Founder of London Short Story Festival, of which, he was the Director and Curator for 2014 & ’15. He is Associate Director at Word Factory, the UK’s premier short story salon.
The Good Son is his first novel and is currently Brighton’s City Reads, a finalist for The People’s Book Prize and longlisted for The Polari Prize. It was shortlisted for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize 2015 and The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. It was published in France in April 2016 and is a major German release for Autumn 2016. Paul received The McCrea Literary Award in 2015.
The Good Son was selected from 160 books by The British Council and The Literary Platform to be one of twelve that will be part of The UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016.
Paul has read his work at The International Conference on the Short Story in Vienna, Wroclaw International Short Story Festival, at Cork International Short Story Festival, Belfast Book Festival, Brighton Festival, Cork World Book Festival and on BBC Radio 5. He represented the UK in Mexico 2015 and Turkey 2016 for The British Council.
Paul’s blog for writers which posts on submission opportunities for journals and competitions gets 40,000 hits a month and has had over a 1 1/4 million visitors.