Brian Conaghan was born and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives in Dublin. He has a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. For many years Brian worked as a teacher and taught in Scotland, Italy and Ireland. His first YA novel, When Mr Dog Bites, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2015 and attracted both praise and controversy for its honest, moving and humorous depiction of a teenage boy with Tourette’s syndrome. His second, The Bombs That Brought Us Together, won the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2016. We Come Apart, a verse novel co-authored with Carnegie Medal winner Sarah Crossan, published in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim.