Glenn Patterson is a Belfast born writer. He has made documentaries for the BBC and has published his collected journalistic writings as Lapsed Protestant (2006). He has written plays for Radio 3 and Radio 4, and co-wrote with Colin Carberry the screenplay of the 2013 film Good Vibrations, about the music scene in Belfast during the late 1970s (based on the true story of Terri Hooley).

He has been a writer in residence at the University of East Anglia and the University College Cork, and was the Ireland Fund Artist-in-Residence in the Celtic Studies Department of St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto in October 2013, and is currently a Professor of Creative Writing in the School of Arts, English and Literature at Queen's University Belfast.

This interview was conducted on 18 November 2019 at Kings Place by Tom Deveson at Seamus Heaney: Blackbird