Paul McVeigh's debut novel, The Good Son, won The Polari First Novel Prize and The McCrea Literary Award. It was shortlisted many other including The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and the Prix du Roman Cezam in France. The Good Son was chosen as Brighton’s City Reads 2016 and was given out as part of World Book Night 2017. The Good Son has been translated into French, German and Hungarian and will be published in Russia in 2018.
Born in Belfast, Paul’s work has been performed on stage and radio, published in print and translated into seven languages. He began his career as a playwright before moving to London where he wrote comedy shows, which were performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in London’s West End. Moving into prose, his short stories have been published in anthologies & literary journals been read on BBC Radio 3, 4 & 5. ‘Hollow’ was shortlisted for Irish Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2017. Paul co-founded the London Short Story Festival, of which, he was Director and Curator for 2014 & ’15. He is associate director at Word Factory, ‘the UK’s national organisation for excellence in the short story’ The Guardian.
Paul has taught workshops and read his work in Australia, Austria, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK. He judges international literary competitions including the Edge Hill Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2018.