Julian Gough sang with underground literary pop band Toasted Heretic. They released four albums, and had a top ten hit with the single ‘Galway and Los Angeles’, a song about not kissing Sinead O’Connor. He is the author of the novels, Juno & Juliet, and Jude in Ireland. He won the largest prize in the world for a single short story (the BBC National Short Story Award) in 2007, and was shortlisted for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize in 2008. His poetry collection, Free Sex Chocolate, was published in 2010. He now lives in Berlin, from which base he blogs, twitters, and steals pigs.
In 2011, he wrote the ending to Time Magazine’s computer game of the year, Minecraft, and published his third novel, Jude in London. In 2014 he invented Litcoin to crowdfund the final research for his forthcoming novel Connect, which Picador will publish in the summer of 2017.