Fogarty was born in Hackney in the East End of London where he spent
his childhood. He moved to Ealing, West London, and joined the rock
band The City Lights as lead singer, aged 18. Aged 20, he met
and fell in love with a girl from Argentina. That same summer, two
of his Jamaican friends encouraged him to write songs and poetry.
Five years later he wrote his first novel, The Cage. He studied
acting at Questors Theatre, Ealing and formed his own group The
Intimate Theatre. He wrote, directed, and acted in a dream play
with music and nude ballet entitled Journey into Autumn at
The Oval House Theatre, London.
He went to live by the sea, near Chichester where he continued to
write poetry and short stories, reading voraciously while he supported
himself with a number of jobs e.g. washing up, factory labourer, hod
carrier, warehouseman, postman, farm labourer, and photographic model.
He met a beautiful Jewish girl and his feelings for her inspired him
to turn his hand to drawing and painting. He studied TEFL for a year
at Chichester College of Further Education and then went to live and
teach English for two years in Sudan, where he learnt Arabic from
his Sudanese neighbours and researched his novel Red over Blue.
He returned to the UK, living in a Cambridge bedsit near the botanical
garden where he wrote several drafts of Red over Blue (at this
time entitled The Chrysalis), and taught English privately,
as well as at local language schools. His short story, The Greenhouse
was published in the literary magazine, Panurge, to much controversy
and critical acclaim. One of his poems, The Nightdress was
accepted by the late Alan Ross and published in his prestigious London
Brian Fogarty moved to Brighton in 1990, and continued working on
Red over Blue. Inspired by his new surroundings, he also started
work on three other novels, notably The Feeders. He took up
painting and drawing again, and was awarded the David Rose Prize by
the Sussex County Arts Club for his painting That Blue Dress
which was chosen as the most outstanding entry at their Brighton Festival
His collection of stories, The Greenhouse, is now
published (Oyster Press, April 2006), and two of his novels, The
Feeders, and Red over Blue, are to follow this year, 2006. Future projects include a long visit next
year to Buenos Aires to work on a big novel entitled Personae Separatae,
after the Eugenio Montale poem. He is learning Spanish and the tango
in preparation for his journey.