Augustus Young is the pen name of James Hogan, who was born in Cork, in 1943. As Augustus Young, his poetry collections include Survival (Dublin, New Writers’ Press, 1969); On Loaning Hill (New Writers’ Press, 1972); The Credit: A Comedy Of Empeiria (London, Menard Press, 1980); The Credit: Book Two, Book Three (Advent/Menard 1986); Days and Nights in Hendon (Menard Press, 2002); and Lightning in Low Places (University of Ulster, Cranagh Press, 2000).
The autofiction Light Years (London Magazine Editions/ Menard Press 2002), his first full length work in prose, re-enacts Augustus Young’s literary development as a ‘published poet‘ from childhood days in Cork up to nineteen sixties London. This was followed by Storytime (Elliot and Thompson, 2005), a humorously satirical account of Augustus Young’s visit to Ireland to launch his book Light Years. His most recent books are Brazilian Tequila: A Journey into the Interior (Leicester, Matador, 2017); and The Invalidity of all Guarantees: A Conversation between Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin (1934) (Princeton, Labyrinth Books, 2017).
He has edited Dánta Grádha: Irish Love Poems, 1350-1750 (Menard Press, 1975); and Lampion and His Bandits: The Literature of Cordel in Brazil (Menard Press, 1994). Having worked in London as an epidemiologist and adviser to health authorities, as James Hogan he published many scientific papers and numerous pieces of medical journalism.
He lives in France.