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Ricky Monahan Brown

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English, Scots
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Ricky Monahan Brown suffered a massive haemorrhagic stroke in 2012. His memoir, Stroke: A 5% chance of survival, became one of The Scotsman’s Scottish Nonfiction Books of 2019.

The live literature and music series he co-founded, Interrobang?! won the Saboteur Award for the Best Regular Spoken Word Night in Britain for 2017. Field Work, an Interrobang?! evening of storytelling, poetry and music at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Gaelic, Scots and English that Ricky produced and co-wrote, won a Top Scottish Alternative Media Award for 2018 from Bella Caledonia.

Ricky’s short fiction has been widely published, including by 404 Ink, Eemis Stane and the Dublin Inquirer. His flash fiction has won and been shortlisted for a number of awards. His debut novella will be published in 2023.

A stroke awareness ambassador for the British Heart Foundation, Ricky has spoken with national newspapers and television news programmes about his life and work, and spoken to online festivals and a full conference room at the EICC.

Ricky is available for:

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Chairing events; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Topics of work

Biography & memoir; Contemporary fiction; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Performance training; Politics

Age groups published for


Age groups can work with

15-18; 18+

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+