Damian Barr

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Damian Barr
Damian Leighton Barr

(1976-07-20) 20 July 1976 (age 43)
Newarthill, Scotland
ResidenceBrighton, Sussex, England
Alma materLancaster University
OccupationJournalist, writer

Damian Leighton Barr FRSA (born 20 July 1976) is a British writer, columnist, and playwright.[1] He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and host of the Literary Salon at Shoreditch House, which also encompasses the Reading Weekend. In 2014, he presented several editions of the BBC Radio 4 cultural programme Front Row. His most famous piece of work is his 2013 memoir Maggie & Me, centered around British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's 1984 assassination attempt by the IRA.

Early life[edit]

Barr was born in 1976 in Newarthill, Scotland. He attended Lancaster University.


Barr's first book was published in 2006 by Hodder & Stoughton. Get It Together: How To Survive Your Quarterlife Crisis was the first book concerned with the quarter-life crisis to be published in the UK. It was inspired by a column Barr wrote for The Times in 2001–03 about graduate work and life.[2] Barr's second book is Maggie & Me, a memoir of growing up in small-town Scotland during the Thatcher years. Bloomsbury acquired the book at auction in July 2010 and it was published in the UK in April 2013.[3] Barr received a 2018 University of Otago Scottish Writers Fellowship, which is based at the Pah Homestead in Auckland, New Zealand. He is currently completing a novel set in South Africa.[4] You Will be Safe Here was released internationally on 4 April 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Barr is openly gay.[5][6] He lives in Brighton, Sussex,[7] with his husband, ceramics artist Mike Moran, and a small flock of chickens.[8]


  1. ^ Barr, Damian (31 May 2014). "Damian Barr: on going home, when you never felt welcome there". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ Get it Together: A Guide to Surviving Your Quarterlife Crisis. Amazon.co.uk: Damian Barr: Books
  3. ^ "Solzhenitsyn stories head rights deals". The Bookseller. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Barr drawn to Scottish feel of city". The Otago Daily Times. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Maggie & Me". Radio Times.
  6. ^ Lesley McDowell, "Damian Barr is in two minds about memories of Margaret Thatcher", Herald Scotland, 10 August 2013.
  7. ^ Meakin, Nione (6 April 2011). "A brand new chapter". The Argus. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Interview with an influencer: Damian Barr, writer and salonnière". Hue & Cry. March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2019.