The 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 passed several exams along the way and now holds a 2:1 degree in Political Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism (pass with distinction) and a junior athletics certificate in trampolining.
His interests include (but are not limited to) crime fiction, classic cars and loud rock music.
He is a supporter of Aston Villa Football Club. He likes cats, but prefers dogs
"I JUST wanted to understand what happened – and why," explains investigative journalist and author Ian Cobain about writing his compelling new book Anatomy of A Killing: Life and Death on a Divided Island, which vividly transports readers back to the madness of the north's all too recent past via a meticulous examination of one single murder from the Troubles.
"WE WERE supposed to have our world premiere at Tribeca in April," explains producer Brendan Mullin of the original plan for launching Boys From County Hell, the new Co Tyrone-set horror comedy movie in which a motley crew of manual labourers face off against an ancient, terrifying Irish vampire.
ORGANISING major events like the Belfast Film Festival (BFF) and its documentaries-orientated offshoot Docs Ireland must be enormously challenging even under 'normal' circumstances – but with 2020 being anything but normal, BFF director Michele Devlin and her team are currently having to work extra hard to deliver the high standards patrons have come to expect from the Festival over the past 20 years.
:: Sound of Belfast 2020 going online BELFAST'S annual Sound of Belfast festival kicks off today, although the 2020 version is going to look a little different from previous years – for obvious reasons.
TWO British-American experts on US history, civil rights and politics will come together at the Belfast Festival this weekend to discuss the 'hot button' issues currently influencing American voters on the eve of the most controversial presidential election for years.
"THIS will only be the second gig I've done since March – it's bizarre," says Belfast comedian Tim McGarry of his imminent stand-up performance at The Limelight alongside fellow Blame Game man, Co Offaly-bred comic Neil Delamere.