John Waters


writer and journalist

John Waters, irish writer and journalist


John Waters was born in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, in 1955.  He held a range of jobs after leaving school, including railway clerk, showband roadie, pirate radio manager, petrol pump attendant and mailcar driver.


He began part-time work as a a journalist in 1981, with Hot Press, Ireland’s leading rock ‘n’ roll magazine and went full-time in 1984, when he moved to Dublin. As a journalist, magazine editor and columnist, he has specialised in raising unpopular issues of public importance, including the repression of Famine memories and the denial of rights to fathers.


His books include:

  • Beyond Consolation
  • Feckers: 50 People Who Fecked Up Ireland
  • Jiving at the Crossroads (Blackstaff,1991);
  • Race of Angels (4th Estate/Blackstaff,1994):
  • Every Day Like Sunday? (Poolbeg, 1995);
  • An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Ireland (Duckworth 1997);
  • The Politburo Has Decided That You Are Unwell (Liffey Press, 2004);
  • Lapsed Agnostic (Continuum, 2007).

He has written plays for radio and the stage, including Long Black Coat, (1994), Holy Secrets, (1996), Easter Dues, (1997), and Adverse Possession (1998).





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