Julian Gough

Julian Gough (born 1966) is an English-Irish musician who was the singer and lyricist for the Galway band Toasted Heretic, and is best known for his songs "Galway and Los Angeles", "You can Always go Home" and "LSD (isn't what it used to be)".

Julian Gough
EducationUniversity College Galway
Known forCreating "The End Poem" in Minecraft

Since Toasted Heretic's early 1990s break-up, Gough has established a career as satirist, novelist and writer of children's books.


Gough grew up near Heathrow Airport in London before moving to Nenagh aged seven.[1] He was studying English and philosophy at University College Galway in the late 1980s when he and some friends founded Toasted Heretic. The band recorded four albums and had one top ten hit, "Galway and Los Angeles", in 1992.[2][3] His first novel, Juno & Juliet, was published in 2001 by Flamingo, almost a decade after Toasted Heretic split up. His second novel, Jude: Level 1, was published in 2007[4] at Old Street Publishing, shortly after he won the 2007 National Short Story Award for the book's first chapter, titled "The Orphan and the Mob".[5]

In 2010, Salmon Poetry released Gough's first poetry collection, Free Sex Chocolate, which juxtaposes Gough's more recent forays into poetry with his earlier lyrics written for Toasted Heretic.[6] He is also the author of several short stories and novellas that satirize global economic policies, including 2003's Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble[7] and CRASH! How I Lost a Hundred Billion and Found True Love. In 2015, Gough signed a book deal with Picador.[8]

Gough writes columns and opinion pieces for various newspapers and magazines, including Guardian,[9] Prospect Magazine[10] and A Public Space.[11] His novel Jude in London came third in the 2011 Guardian Not The Booker prize[12] after the author threatened to share pictures of him "wearing only the [Not The Booker trophy] mug" shall he win the competition.[13]


  • I Totes Love the Christian Brothers (Self-published)
  • Juno & Juliet (Flamingo) ISBN 978-0-00-710810-7
  • Jude: Level 1 (Old Street) ISBN 978-1-905847-24-2
  • Free Sex Chocolate (Salmon Poetry) ISBN 978-1-907056-36-9
  • Jude in London (Old Street) ISBN 978-1-905847-83-9
  • CONNECT a novel (Doubleday) ISBN 978-0-385541-33-6
  • Trapped in a Stephen King Story: My Spiraling Descent into Madness (Macmillan, forthcoming)
  • Minecraft End Game Poem (End) http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/End_Poem


  1. ^ Barter, Pavel (27 April 2014). "Making the Leap". The Sunday Times (Irish edition) – via NewsBank.
  2. ^ Gough, Julian (2 October 2005), "The bedsit of horrors - Time and place", The Sunday Times (Irish edition) – via NewsBank
  3. ^ Murphy, Peter (4 June 2009), "Choose your top 20 indie moments!", Hot Press
  4. ^ "Writer Profile Julian Gough". Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  5. ^ "BBC National Short Story Award". Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  6. ^ "salmonpoetry.com Free Sex Chocolate – Poems and Songs". Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  7. ^ "The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble - Julian Gough's website". www.juliangough.com. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Julian Gough signs major book deal with Picador". The Irish Times. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  9. ^ Julian Gough (17 September 2007). "A New Way With Words". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 6 May 2011. The traditional division between the novel and short story is becoming increasingly blurred
  10. ^ Julian Gough (26 May 2007). "Divine Comedy". Prospect Magazine. Retrieved 6 May 2011. It's time writers got back to the serious business of making us laugh
  11. ^ Julian Gough (2010). "Reality is a Bananaskin on Which we Must Step". A Public Space. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  12. ^ Jordison, Sam (18 October 2011). "Not the Booker prize: we have a winner!". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  13. ^ Jordison, Sam (18 August 2011). "Not the Booker prize 2011: the shortlist". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2011.

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