Kevin Toolis is a journalist, writer and filmmaker. Won at a hard-fought multi-publisher auction, My Father’s Wake is part personal, emotive memoir of one man’s journey into death – the death of his father, and when younger, the death of his brother and how that sent him into a lifetime exploration of death in his journalism.
Beyond this, and beyond the singular, it is also an exploration of how a culture can show us how to die well, a guide to finding a better way to deal with death in our own society.
My Father’s Wake is an uplifting, positive book that celebrates the spiritual depth of the Irish Wake and its communal triumph in overcoming the death of the individual. My Father’s Wake is really about how, like the islanders, we can all be better people by living and loving in the acceptance of death.
My Father’s Wake will be published in September 2017 by Weidenfeld.
Born in Edinburgh to Irish parents, Toolis studied at the University of Edinburgh before going on to live and work in the United States and Namibia and to report from all over the world. For a decade he worked as a magazine writer for The Guardian and has also written for the New York Times Magazine and The Observer. Additionally, he has written screenplays for Universal Pictures.
Toolis is an acknowledged terrorism expert and has studied and reported on conflicts in Africa, Ireland and the Middle East.
Toolis is the founder of independent television production company Many Rivers Films. Toolis began making documentary films in the mid-nineties. His reporting and producing credits include Getting Away With Murder, The Devil Amongst Us, Circus Days, Circus Nights, Africa’s Schindler’s List, Anatomy of Attack, Cult of the Suicide Bomber, Car Bomb and The Big Heist.
Toolis won a BAFTA for Best Single Drama for Complicit.
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