Brian Leyden was born in Arigna, County Roscommon. He is the author of bestselling memoir The Home Place (New Island, 2002), the short story collection Departures (Brandon, 1992) and the novel Death and Plenty (Brandon, 1996). Leyden’s work for radio includes The Quiet Quarter Anthology (Lyric FM- RTE New Island, 2004), The Clifden Anthology (Clifden Arts, 2004), the Jacobs-Award-Winning documentary No Meadows in Manhattan, Even the Walls were Sweatin’, and The Closing of the Gaiety Cinema in Carrick-on-Shannon. He won the RTE Radio 1 Francis MacManus Award in 1988 for The Last Mining Village. He co-wrote the original screenplay for the feature film, Black Ice, which premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2013 and is currently on DVD and iTunes (US).