Julian Gough

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Julian Gough (born in 1966) is an Irish novelist.

His first novel, Juno & Juliet, was published in 2001 by Flamingo, almost a decade after Gough sung and wrote lyrics for the Irish 1980s cult group Toasted Heretic. His second novel, Jude: Level 1, was published in 2007[1] at Old Street Publishing, shortly after he won the 2007 National Short Story Award for the book's first chapter, titled "The Orphan and the Mob".[2] In 2010, Salmon Poetry released Gough's first poetry collection, Free Sex Chocolate, which juxtaposes Gough's more recent forays into poetry with his earlier lyrics written for Toasted Heretic.[3]

Gough also writes columns and opinion pieces for various newspapers and magazines, including Guardian,[4] Prospect Magazine[5] and A Public Space.[6]

In 2007, he rebelled against the decision to award the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize to writer Will Self.[7] Gough, who was nominated alongside Self, stole the prize, a pig, to keep for himself.[8] In early 2010, Gough wrote an article on the state of Irish literature, "slamming fellow Irish novelists", on his personal website.[9][10] Gough's novel Jude in London came third in the 2011 Guardian Not The Booker prize[11] after the author threatened to share pictures of him "wearing only the [Not The Booker trophy] mug" shall he win the competition.[12]

In 2011, he quickly wrote up the ending credits for the popular video game Minecraft prior to its November release.[13]



  1. ^ "Writer Profile Julian Gough". Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "BBC National Short Story Award". Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "salmonpoetry.com Free Sex Chocolate – Poems and Songs". Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Julian Gough (17 September 2007). "A New Way With Words". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2011. "The traditional division between the novel and short story is becoming increasingly blurred" 
  5. ^ Julian Gough (26 May 2007). "Divine Comedy". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 6 May 2011. "It's time writers got back to the serious business of making us laugh" 
  6. ^ Julian Gough (2010). "Reality is a Bananaskin on Which we Must Step". A Public Space. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  7. ^ Hugo Rifkind (30 May 2008). "Will's Bacon Saved From Chop". timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize". MailOnline. 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Alison Flood (11 February 2010). "Julian Gough slams fellow Irish novelists as 'priestly caste' cut off from the culture". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2011. "We've abolished the Catholic clergy, and replaced them with novelists says writer, describing his peers as a pompous, provincial literary community." 
  10. ^ Julian Gough (10 February 2010). "The State of Irish Literature 2010". Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Jordison, Sam (18 October 2011). "Not the Booker prize: we have a winner!". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Jordison, Sam (18 August 2011). "Not the Booker prize 2011: the shortlist". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Tom Chatfield (9 January 2012). "Ending an endless game: an interview with Julian Gough, author of Minecraft's epic finale". Boing Boing. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 

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