Brian Dillon

Brian Dillon was born in Dublin in 1969. He studied English and Philosophy at University College Dublin. He moved to the UK in 1995, and completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Kent in 1999. He taught literature till 2003, when he became a full-time writer.

His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, Irish Times, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, The Dublin Review and New Statesman. He is a widely published art critic and writes regularly for Frieze, Art Review, Modern Painters, Tate etc., the Wire and Sight & Sound. He is UK editor of Cabinet, an art and culture quarterly based in New York, and has written numerous catalogue essays, most recently for the Cyprus pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2006.

His first book, In the Dark Room: A Journey in Memory (Penguin) – a memoir about his parents’ early deaths and a reflection on the nature of memory itself – was published in 2005, and won the Irish Book Awards non-fiction prize the following year. His latest work, The Great Explosion, was published by Penguin in 2016. It was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.

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