I first got paid for writing at boarding school when my pals bribed me to write
their love letters to their girlfriends. I edited the school magazine until
the Principal banned it.
In my mid teens I had a lot of poetry and prose published in magazines like The Gorey Detail - edited by poet James Liddy - and Zit, Ireland's first underground newspaper. The teenage Bob Geldof had something to do with Zit but it was a pretty good paper.
At university I published two radical magazines, Devanelvis and The Digger. When I left university and went to work for the Irish Writers Co Op I met real writers like Anthony Cronin and Leland Bardwell, veterans of an early 60s Dublin literary scene dominated by Brendan Behan and Flann O'Brien. Eamon Carr, whom I worked with for several years, came out of the late 60s poetry-rock scene. His first group, Tara Telephone, were Ireland's answer to the Beat Generation - they published early work by Seamus Heaney.
When I wrote my biography of Dan Breen it was published by Captain Sean Feehan
at Mercier Press, then Ireland's pre-eminent paperback house. Man from Nowhere,
a study of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin which I co-wrote, was privately
printed by a rich patron. Hakim Bey and underground American publishers Autonomedia
later foisted a fake limited edition of the book onto the marketplace. Those
copies now sell for silly prices on the Web. Hakim later got his come-uppance.
My first novel, Serious Time, came out with Elaine Palmer's Pulp Books. She also did my second novel, Too Much Too Soon, and put out a bunch of my short stories in anthologies. I still work with her on the www.pulp.net site. Chris Charlesworth at Omnibus Press indulged my desire to tell the world what I discovered in moshpits and then he asked me to write a book about Iggy Pop.
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