Beginner's Pluck


Brian wrote as a child, winning a play writing competition at ten. Then he turned to art, studying Fine Art, before having a studio in London for five years. Returning to Ireland, he did a FAS course, and wrote reviews for GCN. Since then, he’s written a factual book, edited a short story collection, written a musical, and a sitcom for the Nualas, and ghosted two celebrity autobiographies. There was also a novel, but that wasn’t published

“I was afraid to write another novel, so my writing segued into all the other areas. The Forced Redundancy Film Club started with a strong concept. I pitched it and my publishers said, ‘write it’.

Who is Brian Finnegan?

Date of birth: June 15, 1965.

Education: Summerhill College in Sligo. Sligo RTC. (Now IT,) Fine Art.

Home: Dublin.

Family: Partner, Miguel, and a son, Colum, 22.

The Day Job: Editor of Gay Community News.

Hobbies: Painting, playing the piano, and socialising.

Favourite Writers: Early John Irving; Marian Keyes; Nick Hornby; Armistead Maupin.

Second Novel: Multiple narrative; connection between the group of people is Abba. Due in April 2013.

Top Writing Tip: “Make a plan, so that you know, when you sit down, what you’re going to write.”


Twitter: @finneganba


The Forced Redundancy Film Club. Hachette Ireland: €14.99. Kindle: €10.08.

Katherine Casey had been assured her job was safe. So when she was let go, along with the colleagues she’s put forward for redundancy, she’s devastated. Retiring to the pub, talk turns to films, and the colleagues vow to meet each month to discuss the classics. The screenings provide respite from all their varying problems; ranging from money crises, to dysfunctional relationships, motherhood hell, and loneliness. Will they all find solutions and a slice of happiness?

The verdict: An engaging, sometimes tender tale which explores some important issues.

— Interviewed by Sue Leonard


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