Julian Flanagan’s poetry has been published in magazines such as Ambit, Envoi, The Manchester Review, The Reader, The Rialto, Seam, and in Lines of Descent, a joint collection with his late father, Sir Maurice Flanagan.
Educated at the LSE, he worked as an advertising copywriter for 18 years, winning awards in London, New York and Cannes, before escaping to his current day job, journalism.
In features for the FT Weekend, Independent On Sunday, Time Out, Daily Telegraph, Times, Spectator and economist.com, he has spent a night shift with the heroes of the 7/7 bombings and a morning with Edinburgh prison’s new inmates; visited Auschwitz with a party of English schoolchildren and the first health spa in Soweto. He has interviewed writers, including Howard Jacobson, Susan Hill and Santa Montefiore, public figures such as Jack Straw, Tariq Ramadan and Stella Rimington, performers like Billy Bragg and Tom Courtenay. He always tries to remember the advice of another subject, Don McCullin, ‘Stay until they ask you to leave’.
He lives in London with his wife, three children and a daydream of turning out for Manchester United.