Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. Born in London to Irish parents, Scott developed a passion for both writing and languages from an early age, and graduated from University College Dublin having studied Celtic languages. His solo literary début was in 2017 with the release of his bilingual poetry collection, Fás | Growth, and he has since published two works of non-fiction; The Irish Outlander, and Yesterdates. His first novella, Forgiving Jake, was released in April 2020. Scott lives with his partner in Cork in the southwest of Ireland. He loves to travel, and speaks Irish, Danish, and French.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dublin, Ireland, where I read books in both English and Irish Gaelic. Growing up, I read a lot more in Irish than I did in English, and this heavily influenced my poetry, taking inspiration from poets like Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, but I also loved William Butler Yeats. As I got older, I enjoyed a mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, and LGBT literature from both America and the UK, yet I haven't yet written anything in those first two genres!
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.
Sarah was looking forward to date night with Jake until she's left waiting at the cinema with no word from her boyfriend. When she gets two calls within minutes of each other, the first breaks her heart, but the second changes her world forever. How will she be able to move on with her life, when she can't ask Jake what really happened?
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.