John Waters
Irish newspaper columnist; author, Jiving at the Crossroads and Was It For This? Why Ireland Lost the Plot

Having started his career in 1981 with the Irish music journal Hot Press, John Waters later worked as a freelance writer for several Irish newspapers, serving as a columnist, reporter and features writer with The Irish Times from 1990 to 2014. His first book, Jiving at the Crossroads (1991), about the cultural underbelly of Irish politics, became a massive best-seller. He went on to write and publish nine other books, including Race of Angels; The Genesis of U2 (4th Estate, 1994); An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Ireland (Duckworth, 1997); Was it for this? Why Ireland lost the plot (Transworld Ireland, 2012). His most recent book is Give Us Back the Bad Roads (Currach Press, 2018), a requiem for the Ireland he grew up in.

As a public commentator he has championed many social, cultural and human rights issues, in particular relating to Ireland’s history of colonial subjugation by England and the refusal of contemporary societies to extend full legal rights to fathers. He has contributed to a wide range of journals, including the Spectator, The Guardian, Observer, Osservatore Romåno, La Stampa, as well as many Irish newspapers and magazines. He now writes mainly for the American magazine of religion in the public square, First Things. He is also a playwright who has written for stage and radio, and a sometime songwriter. John Waters is a Permanent Research Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. His next book, about the loss of a reason of transcendence in modern culture, will be published next year by Notre Dame Press.

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