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Damian Barr joins New Writing South

Conville & Walsh are thrilled that Damian Barr has joined New Writing South, the pre-eminent creative writing hub in South East England, dedicated to inspiring, nurturing and connecting all kinds of creative writers. Damian is joining as an Associate Artist, a small highly regarded group of writers who reflect the range of work New Writing South does and demonstrate the level of talent and professionalism that they encourage all writers to aspire to.


Damian Barr is an award-winning writer, columnist and salonnière. Maggie & Me, his memoir about coming of age and coming out in Thatcher’s Britain, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week and Sunday Times Memoir of the Year winning the Paddy Power Political Books ‘Satire’ Award and Stonewall Writer of the Year. Literary Editor of Soho House magazine, Damian writes columns for the Big Issue and the Sunday Times and often pops up on Radio 4.  Starting at Shoreditch House in 2008 and now based at Mondrian London, his sold-out Literary Salon premieres new work from emerging and established writers and guests include David Nicholls, Caitlin Moran and Bret Easton Ellis.  The Salon has toured to New York, Istanbul, Moscow, Sydney and Auckland with the British Council and is now podcast on British Airways. He’s currently writing his first novel and continuing his quest for the perfect Martini.

Damian said: Brighton is knee-deep in writers so this is an especially great honour in my adopted home town. NWS does great work supporting writers and exciting readers and I hope this gives me a platform to keep doing both.

Chris Taylor, Director of New Writing South, said: Damian is the most versatile of writers, one of the most well connected men in publishing and a superb host of literary events. Of course we are thrilled to have his support!

Current Associate Artists are: John Agard, Dean Atta, Polly Dunbar, Alison MacLeod, Mark Ravenhill, Fay Weldon and Stephen Wyatt.

For more information about New Writing South please click here.

05 Oct 2015