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Brian with President Michael D. HigginsBrian Gallagher was born in Dublin. He is a full-time writer whose plays and short stories have been produced in Ireland, Britain and Canada. He has worked extensively in radio and television, writing many dramas and documentaries.

In recent years he has concentrated on historical fiction for older children/young adults, and his novels Across the Divide, Taking Sides, Secrets and Shadows, Stormclouds and Friend or Foe have been hugely popular, and have featured in multiple One Book, One Community projects in Dublin City, Fingal, Dun Laoghaire, Wexford, Cork, Clare, Tipperary, and Galway.

Winds of Change, Brian’ s new novel, is set in 1880 and explores life in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of three children, during the dramatic events of the Land War.

In recent times Brian has been a guest speaker at the National Library of Ireland, the Mountains to Sea Festival, Huntington Castle for the Historical Society of Ireland and the National Museum in Collins Barracks.

He was a guest lecturer at the Writers’ Academy, a creative writing project in St Patrick’s College, Dublin, and his novel One Good Turn, a follow-up to Friend or Foe, that’s set in Dublin in the aftermath of the Rising, was the Irish entry for World Book Day in 2016.

Brian lives with his family in Dublin, and he likes to relax with music, tennis, cycling, golf and travel.