Dia daoibh! I’m Finn Longman, a queer disabled writer, medievalist, booknerd, and dancer. I’m also a displaced Londoner, currently living in Cork after five years in Cambridge, and suffering at the whims of topography. My pronouns are they/them.
Welcome to my blog, where you can expect to hear my thoughts on all manner of things, including books, medieval literature, writing, dance, and gender. This is also the best place to get updates about my own work, research and fiction alike.
I write a mixture of YA and Adult novels, many of them speculative, though few fall neatly into the categories of ‘fantasy’ or ‘science fiction’. I’ve been known to describe myself as ‘genrequeer’! I’m represented by Jessica Hare from The Agency (London) Limited. My debut YA novel, THE BUTTERFLY ASSASSIN, will be published by Simon & Schuster UK in May 2022. You can find the blurb and pre-order links on the Books page; for some FAQs and background, see my announcement post.
I’m currently coming to the end of an MA in Early and Medieval Irish, writing my final thesis about Láeg mac Riangabra and his role within the Ulster Cycle. I have a BA in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, during which I specialised in medieval Irish literature, with a particular interest in queer theory. I spend a fair amount of the time liveblogging my research on the internet, and sometimes make YouTube videos retelling medieval Irish tales. You can find more about my academic research on the Research page.
Before I started my MA, I spent a year as trainee librarian at Christ’s College Cambridge, and a year before that as an under-employed new graduate with a handful of different temporary jobs. Over the last few years I’ve worked in school, academic, public, and community libraries, and I also had a brief but fabulous stint as a bookseller for Waterstones. These days I fill the void by alphabetising my own overcrowded bookshelves, though I’m separated from the majority of my books by the Irish Sea and I miss them greatly…
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Although this blog has technically existed since 2010, I wiped the archive in 2019 and started again, so if you followed a dead link to get here and are wondering what happened to X post or Y page, here’s why.