Glenn Patterson


The author of ten novels and three works of non-fiction, Glenn co-wrote (with Colin Carberry) the film Good Vibrations, which told the story of Troubles-era Belfast music promoter Terri Hooley. The screenplay was nominated for a BAFTA.

A Belfast native, Glenn completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia where he was taught by well-known writers and critics, Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter.

As well as writing novels, Glenn’s plays and stories have been broadcast on Radio 3 and Radio 4 and his journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Independent and the Irish Times. In 2008, he was awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship.

Before coming to Queen’s as writer-in-residence in 1994, Glenn was Creative Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia and later, writer-in-residence at University College Cork. In 2016, he was Heimbold Visiting Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University.  He has presented TV documentaries and an arts review show for RTE and is a member of the distinguished Irish arts organisation, Aosdana. Glenn is currently Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry


36. Something to Write Home About: A Tribute to Seamus Heaney – FREE EVENT

The Town Hall

We are so delighted to host this tribute to Seamus Heaney. Seamus lit up St Patrick’s Church in 2012. This was a special day for us at the festival and for many it remains the most memorable event we have hosted. Seamus didn’t need to do it, supporting us when we had just started, but […]