About me

I’m a former Professor of EU Politics, and now a nearly full-time writer. I write two main sorts of book: popular politics, and fiction aimed at the higher-end of the commercial market, or the lower end of the literary market, depending on your position on the Hyacinth Bouquet scale. I’ve been known to use polysyllables, so let’s call it Literary Frontieres and leave it at that.

I’m a fruit cake enthusiast, ABBA nerd, dog lover, and Kylie-loving, Eurovision-spellbound, moisturising bender of the old school. Feminist. Europhile. Vegan. Member of the Green Party. Unitarian with pagan inclinations.
If you’re interested in the expertise I developed during my previous career, perhaps to see what I draw on in my popular politics writing, you’ll find a list of my publications here: Brianson brief academic cv

If you’re interested in my taste in fiction, I love in no particular order –  except of course the divine Jane comes first – Jane Austen, Armistead Maupin, Joanne Harris, Robert Rodi, and Patrick Gale.

On my website you can find extracts of my work and, I hope as this develops, links to a community of like-minded writers. My fiction focuses on LGBTQ+ themes and lives, and my political writing focuses on Brexit and its aftermath.

My blog isn’t about Brexit. Instead, it’s about the transition to becoming a full-time writer, blending fiction and non-fiction, and what I learn and experience along the way. It’s called On Becoming a Writer, and the various posts are available on the site’s homepage. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Thanks for your time and interest.

PS For social media stuff, you can find me on Twitter: @alex_brianson, and on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/alexbrianson.writes