Damian Barr

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Damian Barr
Born (1976-07-20) 20 July 1976 (age 42)
Alma materLancaster University
OccupationJournalist, writer
Home townNewarthill, Scotland

Damian Leighton Barr FRSA (born 20 July 1976) is a writer, columnist, and playwright. 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. He lives in Brighton, Sussex.[1] In 2014, he presented several editions of the BBC Radio 4 cultural programme Front Row.

Early life[edit]

Barr was raised in Newarthill, Scotland.


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]

Personal life[edit]

Barr is gay.[5][6]


  1. ^ Meakin, Nione (6 April 2011). "A brand new chapter". The Argus. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  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.