Dr. Brian W. Lavery was born in Glasgow’s East End in 1959, the fourth of six sons. His father William was a sheet metal worker and his mother Margaret a shop assistant. Brian has been a factory worker, car valet, market trader, waiter, university dropout, VAT officer (very briefly) and latterly a journalist, university tutor and writer.

After 25 years of various senior roles in national and regional journalism he returned to higher education and gained a first in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Hull. "The Headscarf Revolutionaries" derives from his funded PhD research at that university, where he also taught creative nonfiction. His programme for BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought series, entitled “Courage and Effect” (SEE HOME PAGE) WAS also drawn from his research, was broadcast in 2013, which was also the year that The Oxford University National Dictionary of Biography (‘the biographer’s Bible’) commissioned him to write the entry on Mrs. Lillian Bilocca. Planet Publications (Wales) has published his short fiction over the years. Other Poetry, About Larkin and the Larkin Press have published his poetry. Brian also runs a community media project in Hull, where he has lived with his wife Kathryn for more than 30 years. They have grown-up daughters, Catriona and Rose.

Brian's short fiction sampler

The Good Comrade (Planet No 201)

Part Of The Union (Planet No. 203)

In The Car Park Of The City Of the Dead (Planet No. 209)

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