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Damian Barr

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Full name Damian Barr
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Lifestyle, social trends and arts. Food and drink (BBC's OLIVE magazine, The Dish for the Sunday Times and weekly wine column for The Sunday Times Magazine, Unfiltered (for members of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society) and Country Life); property and interiors (weekly feature in The Times Bricks & Mortar and co-presenter and co-producer of Cool In Your Code for Times Online); health and lifestyle (regular in The Times Body & Soul ); general features (Quintessentially, Times magazine, Harpers, House Magazine and the Telegraph); first book--Get It Together: Survive Your Quarterlife Crisis--published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 04--serialised in Times, chosen for Harpers Hot 100 2005 and featured on Richard & Judy. Julie Burchill says 'Damian Barr is the new ringmaster'. A long-standing member of the CoolCouncil for CoolBrands. National Consumer Travel Feature of the Year – Damian Barr for ‘On sky safari across New Zealand’ in The Sunday Times Magazine Memoir 'Maggie & Me' published April 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing. BBC Radio 4 made it a Book of the Week. Stonewall named Damian Barr Writer of the Year 2013 and it won Sunday Times Memoir of the Year. Also has had two plays performed on BBC Radio Four. Copywriting work undertaken also--recently edited CITIES report for The Communication Group and a major diveristy initiative for Barclays Wealth. Now also hosting a Literary Salon in London and around the world including Brazil, Canada, Turkey, Russia and also the inventor of Silent Cinema.

Editorial work Features writing, Editing, Radio, Video
Last updated 02-02-2016 11:56

Biography

Damian Barr, 39, is a writer, journalist, playwright and salonierre. His witty-but-weighty lifestyle and social trends features appear in The Times and The Guardian as well as magazines like Unfiltered, The Big Issue, House (Soho House Magazine) and The Sunday Times Magazine and The Dish. Radio Four has now broadcast two of his plays and he's co-writing a third. He has been short listed for a prestigious British Press Award and, most recently, for an Arts&Business Award for his Reader in Residence project at the Andaz Hotel and won National Consumer Travel Feature of the Year for ‘On sky safari across New Zealand’ in The Sunday Times Magazine. He co-presented and co-produced the webtv series Cool In Your Code for Times Online. He also hosts a regularly Literary Salons in London and internationally.

Recently he has convinced Sir Terence Conran to kiss Philippe Starck’s boot, debated the nature of fiction with Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt and listened to Jean-Christophe Novelli and Raymond Blanc argue about who is the better lover. Fabric magazine tipped him as ‘writer to watch for 2005’. Julie Burchill describes him as ‘the new ringmaster for the Jerry Springer Generation’. Manolo Blahnik called him a ‘gorgeous anachronism’.

Damian’s first book was published by Hodder in May 2004 and serialised in The Times. Get It Together made the quarterlife crisis the must-have modern malaise. 25 is the new 45. Richard & Judy love it, it was in the 2005 Harpers Hot 100 and has sold to Taiwan. Macau and Hong Kong. It’s made him the unofficial spokesman for his generation.

Damian's second book was his memoir 'Maggie & Me' published April 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing. BBC Radio 4 made it a Book of the Week. Stonewall named Damian Barr Writer of the Year 2013. 'Maggie & Me' is his story of surviving small-town Scotland in the Thatcher years. It won Sunday Times Memoir of the Year: "Full to the brim with poignancy, humour, brutality and energetic and sometimes shimmering prose, the book confounds one's assumptions about those years and drenches the whole era in an emotionally charged comic grandeur. It is hugely affecting."

At home in Brighton Damian spends too much time spoiling his chickens while fretting slightly about deadlines. Come and distract him over a cream tea.

Damian is also the curator and inventor of www.silent-cinema.co.uk and Salonierre for Damian Barr's Literary Salon.