Scott De Buitléir, relaxing in Copenhagen. [Photo: Stephen O’Connor]

Scott De Buitléir (pronounced ‘de but-LAIR‘) is an Irish author and poet, who writes in both English and Irish.

His journey into writing began as a teenager, when he wrote a short story for the Irish-language newspaper, . Created in an effort to practice his Irish, his blog, Dialann Scott (meaning Scott’s Diary) was nominated multiple times for an Irish Blog Award, although he retired the blog after five years in 2012.

While studying at University College Dublin, Scott joined Cumann Scríbhneoirí Úra na Gaeilge (the New Irish-Language Writers’ Society) which led to his early poetry being included in Blaiseadh Pinn (Cois Life, 2008), and the college journal, Nua-Aois (UCD Press, 2011). He has also written extensively as a journalist, columnist, and arts reviewer; in Irish for Gaelscéal, Foinse, Nós, and Tuairisc.ie, and in English for the Huffington Post, Polari Magazine, and the Irish Times.

Since 2008, Scott has made his mark on LGBT media in Ireland. For over six years, he hosted and produced The Cosmo, a magazine-style show for the LGBT community on RTÉ Digital Radio. In 2013, he launched the online publication, EILE Magazine, although he stepped down as editor after the Irish marriage equality referendum in 2015. His work in broadcasting has also led him to appearances on TG4, BBC Radio Ulster, RTÉ Television, NewsTalk, Spin1038, BBC Radio Cymru, HuffPost Live, Raidió na Life, Raidió Rí-Rá and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

His début poetry collection, Fás | Growth, featured a decade of writing in Irish and English, while his second release, The Irish Outlander, examines how the Irish diaspora think about their connection with home. Scott’s third book, Yesterdates, is a lighthearted memoir based on the dating column he wrote for the London-based Polari magazine. He has performed at several literary events and festivals across Ireland, including the Dublin Book Festival, Culture Night, Galway’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature, the IMRAM Irish-language Literary Festival, and the Edinburgh Gaelic Festival. During his time living in the UK, Scott founded the Nottingham Writers Collective, which meets every month in the English city.

Today, Scott lives in Cork with his partner, and loves to travel. He regularly visits San Francisco and Copenhagen, as well as spending most weekends with family in his native Dublin.

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