FrancisHagan was born in 1955 in County Tyrone. He moved to Belfast as a young childand grew up in poverty on an estate at the foot of Cave Hill.
He left school at15 and after a series of retail jobs went to work in a tyre factory on theoutskirts of the city. In the intervals between tending machines he read Marx,Freud and Nietzsche. For a time he became a union representative. He eventuallyread his way into the University of Ulster where he took a primary degree inEnglish Literature.
He completed an MA in Irish Writing at Queen’s UniversityBelfast by submitting a thesis on Stewart Parker. He also took a teachingqualification and now teaches English in one of Northern Ireland’s leadingintegrated schools. For ten years he taught Creative Writing in a range oflocations throughout Belfast to adult students, helping them get their workinto print. Francis has published criticism, poetry and short stories.
Hisfirst novel, The Auditor, is a futuristic parable about the ethicalorigins of the new Northern Irish state. His second novel, The Mill, awork in progress, is a follow-up audit. Joanne Savage, reviewing The Auditor,wrote: “…this is an original and deft novel that combines parable with artfulprobing of socio-political contexts.
The language is beautifully economical –each line counts – and things move with a continental flavour. Hagan is a wiseand hugely talented writer who straddles genres and moods without ever losinghis balance. There is no one else writing fiction in Northern Ireland today quitelike him.”
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