Scott De Buitléir was born in London, England, to Irish parents and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He studied Celtic Languages at University College Dublin, and started his career in journalism and broadcasting. In 2017, his début poetry collection, Fás | Growth, was released, covering a decade of poems written in both Irish (Gaelic) and English. His second book, The Irish Outlander, explores the meaning and concept of home to the Irish, for whom emigration and travel is part of the national psyche.
Scott lives in Cork city, in the southwest of Ireland, with his partner. He regularly travels to San Francisco, and loves to travel as often as possible. He is fluent in Irish and English, and also speaks some Danish and French. His upcoming works, Yesterdates, Elysium, and Forgiving Jake are due for release in August 2019, December 2019, and mid-2020 respectively.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dublin, Ireland, in a coastal suburb on the north side of Dublin Bay called Clontarf. It is the site of a historical battle between the Irish and Vikings in 1014, and maybe that sparked my interest in Scandinavia as a teenager. Dubliners pride themselves on their city's contribution to literature, from James Joyce to Oscar Wilde and many more, and this made writing a more accessible form of expression.
When did you first start writing?
I was always writing stories as a child, but my first time as a published writer took place when I was a teenager. A newspaper published my short story, a gay romance, in two parts over two weeks, and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it in print. For some reason, I liked the idea of using a pen name at that time (even though I had come out as a teenager), so that is now bittersweet, as the story doesn't have my real name printed beside it. Still, I know it's mine.
Yesterdates is a collection of hilarious, heartwarming, and all-too-relatable dating stories of a single twenty-something, hopelessly in love with the idea of finding Mr. Right. From meeting strange cat impersonators to the masters of mixed messages, Scott De Buitléir shares some sweet moments of young love and self-discovery along the way to find true love.
The Irish are renowned for travelling the world, but where is home while they're abroad? In mixing his own story with those of other emigrants, Scott De Buitléir finds out what 'home' means to a people, for whom emigration is part of the national psyche. The Irish Outlander is a love song to Ireland from afar, and a reminder to those abroad that they have not been forgotten at home.