Fin Keegan



I am a writer (journalism, drama, fiction) and - lapsed! - broadcaster (production, hosting). I also chair writing workshops for and edit/evaluate manuscripts.

My play The Last of the Vegas Magicians appeared in the 2010 Las Vegas Fringe Festival. Previous plays/short appeared in Dublin at, among others, the Project Arts Centre, FilmBase, and the Samuel Beckett Theatre as part of 100 Minutes. My novel Utopia Closes was a semi-finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2008. A short story came second in the 2010 Jonathan Swift Satire Contest: other fiction and journalism has appeared in the Irish Times, on the BBC World Service, and in the Dublin Review of Books. More here: journalism; drama; fiction/poetry.

I have made two BAI-funded radio documentaries as well as a short feature for RTE Lyric FM. My radio essay The Circling Fin, was broadcast weekly on WRFM in Westport for over two years. A related column appeared fortnightly in the The Mayo News.

Born in Dublin, I lived 14 years in the United States where, at different times, I produced a daily current affairs show for Nevada Public Radio KNPR, taught at the University of Nevada, interned for the Literary Department of The New Yorker magazine and gained a Masters at Columbia University. While producing for KNPR, I won a regional EMA for my work. Returning to Ireland in 2007, I now live on Clew Bay with my wife, Fiona Keane, having raised three children.

My work has been described as as "exuberantly satiric and acid-edged" by the Daily Mail and "riotous...brilliant", by MetroLife Dublin.