Julian Gough, in his youth, sang with cult Irish band Toasted Heretic. They released four albums, and had a top ten hit with “Galway and Los Angeles“, a song about not kissing Sinead O’Connor. He is the author of two novels, Juno & Juliet, and Jude: Level 1. In 2007 he won the largest prize in the world for a single short story. In 2008, Jude: Level 1 was shortlisted for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize. He has written for the New York Times, Prospect, Irish Times, Financial Times, and The Guardian. He blogs on his website at www.juliangough.com. His first collection of poetry, Free Sex Chocolate, will be published in 2009. Born in London, and raised free-range in Ireland, he lives in Berlin.