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Liam Hagan lives among the bright lights and scenic sights of North Lanarkshire.

In 2020, he was awarded the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for fiction.

His short stories focus on men and their struggles with mental health. His debut collection, Sad Boys, looks at the patter obscuring patriarchy and lays bare many unspoken truths of toxic masculinity.

He is currently working on his first novel, Her. Life’s. Dream. A coming of age story about Niamh, who dreams of scoring for Scotland at a World Cup, and her best friend Paige, whose dream is that she will live long enough to see it.

The time he spends on buses writing short stories in his Notes app is bookended by waits, writing at bus stops for further, delayed buses.