This Edinburgh-born, Belfast-bred journalist was educated from primary to post-graduate diploma level via Dundela Primary School, Strandtown Primary School, Methodist College Belfast, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster.
He holds a BSocSci in Political Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism (pass with distinction) and a junior athletics certificate in trampolining.
Interests include crime fiction, classic cars, rock music, the (mis)fortunes of Aston Villa Football Club and serving at the pleasure of his rescue cat, Lola.
"THE things that I get asked to write about can be really diverse and bizarre – everything from space travel through to philosophy, from quantum physics to pop music," says poet/comedian/writer Murray Lachlan Young of his ongoing gig as BBC 6 Music's 'poet in residence', which regularly finds the US-born British versemeister tackling topical topics in his own inimitable style.
CO-PRODUCED by Belfast-based Fine Point Films (No Stone Unturned, Bobby Sands: 66 Days), Gaza is an empathetic and visually arresting film focusing on day-to-day life in this embattled 25-by-seven-mile strip of Mediterranean coastline.
Today The Human League – Custom House Square, Belfast Electric Octopus, Sound of Smoke – Voodoo, Belfast Sense Deficiency, Belwood – The Palm House, Belfast Kitt Philippa, Beauty Sleep, Sonja Sleator etc – EastSide Arts Big Top, CS Lewis Square, Belfast Molto Vivo, Don’t Fear The Natives – The Black Box, Belfast Modern Rome, Gin Palace, Sasha Samara – McHugh’s, Belfast Saturday August 10 Boyzone – Falls Park, Belfast Russian Circles, No Spill Blood – The Limelight, Belfast XSLF – Rewind to The Pound: The Punk Years, EastSide Arts Big Top, CS Lewis Square, Belfast General Fiasco, The Mannerly Hoods – The Empire, Belfast Brien – The Old Auction Rooms, Bangor Sunday August 11 Gerry Cinnamon – Custom House Square, Belfast Richard Thompson (acoustic) – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Light, The Monarchs – The Pound Remembers, EastSide Arts Big Top, Belfast The Vibes, Civil Simian, The Zang etc – The Bear and the Doll, Belfast Electric Octopus, Sound of Smoke, The Barbiturates – The Great Big Jam in The Yard, Bennigans, Derry Feeder, Rory & The Island, The Logues – Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen Tuesday August 13 Unearth – Voodoo, Belfast Psychic Eyes, Valium, The Fake Flirtations etc – McHugh’s, Belfast Leisure Theory, Joel Harkin, Radiant Silvergun – Bennigans, Derry Wednesday August 14 Maria Nickolay, Oisín Ó Scolaí, Steve Amos – Oh Yeah, Belfast Thursday August 15 Soak, Malojian, Paddy Nash etc – Stendhal Festival, Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady.