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Damian Barr

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Full name Damian Barr
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
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Lifestyle, social trends and arts. Food and drink (BBC's OLIVE magazine and Country Life and Times magazine); property and interiors (weekly feature in The Times Bricks & Mortar and co-presenter and co-producer of Cool In Your Code for Times Online); health and lifestyle (regular in The Times Body & Soul ); general features (Quintessentially, Times magazine, Harpers, Telegraph); first book--Get It Together: Survive Your Quarterlife Crisis--published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 04--serialised in Times, chosen for Harpers Hot 100 2005 and featured on Richard & Judy. Julie Burchill says 'Damian Barr is the new ringmaster'. A long-standing member of the CoolCouncil for CoolBrands. Also has had two plays performed on BBC Radio Four. Copywriting work undertaken also--recently edited CITIES report for The Communication Group and a major diveristy initiative for Barclays Wealth. Now also hosting a Literary Salon for Soho & Shoreditch Houses and the inventor of Silent Cinema.

Editorial work Features writing, Editing, Radio, Video
Last updated 28-09-2011 18:09


Damian Barr, 32, is a writer, journalist, playwright. and salonierre His witty-but-weighty lifestyle and social trends features appear in The Times and The Telegraph as well as magazines like Olive, Country Life and Harpers. Radio Four has now broadcast two of his plays and he's co-writing a third. He has been short listed for a prestigious British Press Award and, most recently, for an Arts&Business Award for his Reader in Residence project at the Andaz Hotel. He co-presents and co-produced the webtv series Cool In Your Code for Times Online. He also hosts a regularly Literary Salon for Soho & Shoreditch Houses.

Recently he has convinced Sir Terence Conran to kiss Philippe Starck’s boot, debated the nature of fiction with Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt and listened to Jean-Christophe Novelli and Raymond Blanc argue about who is the better lover. Fabric magazine tipped him as ‘writer to watch for 2005’. Julie Burchill describes him as ‘the new ringmaster for the Jerry Springer Generation’. Manolo Blahnik called him a ‘gorgeous anachronism’.

Damian’s first book was published by Hodder in May 2004 and serialised in The Times. Get It Together made the quarterlife crisis the must-have modern malaise. 25 is the new 45. Richard & Judy love it, it was in the 2005 Harpers Hot 100 and has sold to Taiwan. Macau and Hong Kong. It’s made him the unofficial spokesman for his generation.

At home in Brighton Damian spends too much time spoiling his chickens while fretting slightly about deadlines. Come and distract him over a cream tea.

Damian is also the curator and inventor of www.silent-cinema.co.uk and Salonierre for the Soho House Literary Salon.

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