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Seamus McCrudden hails from Glenfinn, in the Irish county of Donegal. Glenfinn is the birth place of Isaac Butt, Glenfinn’s most famous son until local lad, Frank McGlynn, won an All-Ireland medal for Donegal in 2012. He still lives in Donegal, with his wife Breege and four daughters: Aisling, Arlene, Aimee and Megan. He is based in Ballybofey, where he works as a bus and taxi driver. Everyday events and the people whom he encounters in the course of his work have inspired his writing.
He is also involved in local writers and drama groups. He traces his interest in writing and drama back to his childhood. “I was always writing bits and pieces at night but they usually ended up in the bin. Then, about 15 years ago, I got involved in local drama ... . I liked it and took part in a few shows, including a few for the nearby Butt Drama Circle in Ballybofey. That gave me the confidence to go on and go public with my writing.”
Donegal Gymnasts is Seamus McCrudden's first full-length novel. His work has appeared in other media however, including local community newspaper, Finn Valley Voice and in 2014, he came third in the Patrick MacGill poetry competition.