David Keenan

David Keenan was born in Glasgow and grew up in Airdrie, in the west of Scotland, in the late-70s and early-1980s. He is the author of six novels, the cult classic This Is Memorial Device (Faber), which won the London Magazine Award for Debut Fiction 2018 and was shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize, For The Good Times (Faber), which won the Gordon Burn Prize and was shortlisted for the Encore Award for Second Novels, Xstabeth/The Towers The Fields The Transmitters (White Rabbit), which was listed for the Dublin Literary Prize, the monolithic modernist masterpiece Monument Maker (White Rabbit) (about which the TLS urged readers to “sit back and marvel”) and 2022’s Industry of Magic & Light (White Rabbit) (“Keenan has written another classic” – The Scotsman). He is also the author of England’s Hidden Reverse (Strange Attractor Press), a history of the UK’s post-punk/Industrial underground, as well as To Run Wild In It and Empty Aphrodite, (Rough Trade Books), two experimental novellas, and the co-designer, alongside Sophy Hollington, of his own tarot pack, the Autonomic Tarot (Rough Trade Books). Edna O’Brien said about him: “I sometimes think David Keenan dreams aloud. His prose has the effortless, enigmatic, unsettling quality of dream.”

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