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Born in Dublin, Ferdia MacAnna has worked as a television producer and director, journalist, magazine editor and scriptwriter. For some years he toured Ireland as lead singer and songwriter with Rocky de Valera and the Gravediggers, and later The Rhythm Kings. He was producer and script editor on the acclaimed award-winning BBC/RTÉ children’s drama series, ‘Custer’s Last Stand-Up’ which won a BAFTA for best drama series.
He has written numerous plays and screenplays and has published two other novels, The Ship Inspector and Cartoon City. His memoir, The Rocky Years, was published in 2006 by Hodder Headline and is in development for a TV drama series. He has also taught at a number of colleges and universities, including DCU, NUI Maynooth and IADT, where he currently lectures on Screenwriting and TV and Radio Broadcasting. He works as a freelance TV producer, director and writer on Dramas, Sitcoms, Documentaries, and Soaps.