Paul McVeigh's debut novel, The Good Son, won the Polari First Novel Prize and the McCrea Literary Award, and was shortlisted for many others including the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award and the Prix du Roman Cezam in France. It was chosen as a Brighton's City Reads 2016 book and selected for the UK's World Book Night 2017. McVeigh began his writing career as a playwright and comedy writer: his shows have toured the UK and Ireland including the Edinburgh Festival and London's West End. His short stories have been commissioned by BBC Radio, Sky Arts TV and for Faber’s Being Various anthology of contemporary Irish short stories. He is associate director of Word Factory, the UK's national organisation for excellence in the short story, and he co-founded the London Short Story Festival. McVeigh, whose work has been translated into seven languages, also interviews authors and reviews for The Irish Times.