Patterson, Glenn

MA Year : 1986


Glenn Patterson graduated from the UEA MA in Creative Writing in 1986 and returned as the UEA writing fellow in 1992. He was born and lives in Belfast and has written a number of acclaimed novels including Burning Your Own, Fat Lad, Black Night at Thunder Mountain, The International, Number 5, That Which Was, The Mill for Grinding Old People Young, The Rest Just Follows and Gull. His non-fiction titles include Lapsed Protestant and Once Upon a Hill: Love in Troubled Times. He co-wrote the screenplay of the film Good Vibrations, about the Belfast music scene of the 1970s. He is the Director of the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast.

Awards and recognition

  • Betty Trask Award winner for Burning Your Own (1988)
  • Rooney Prize for Irish Literature winner for Burning Your Own (1989)
  • Guinness Peat Aviation Book Award shortlist for Fat Lad (1992)
  • Works

  • Burning Your Own (1988)
  • Fat Lad (1992)
  • Black Night at Big Thunder Mountain (1995)
  • The International (1999)
  • Number 5 (2003)
  • That Which Was (2004)
  • Lapsed Protestant (2006)
  • Luxus (with Victor Sloan, 2006)
  • The Third Party (2007)
  • Once Upon A Hill: Love In Troubled Times (2008)
  • The Mill For Grinding Old People Young (2012)
  • Good Vibrations (BBC Films/The Works, 2013)
  • The Rest Just Follows (2014)
  • Here’s Me Here (2015)
  • Gull (2016)
  • Backstop Land (2019)
  • Where Are We Now (2020)