Dubliner Ferdia Mac Anna started out in music, fronting Rocky De Valera and the Gravediggers in the punk era, and latterly, The Rhythm Kings. His first novel, The Last of the High Kings, was originally published by Penguin, with a “Modern Irish Classics” edition brought out by New Island Books in 2011. It was made into a film starring Gabriel Byrne and Jared Leto. His other literary work includes novels The Ship Inspector and Cartoon City as well as a memoir, The Rocky Years.
He was producer and script editor on the acclaimed BAFTA-winning BBC/RTE children’s drama series, ‘Custer’s Last Stand-Up’ and he lectured in Screenwriting and Television Production at various colleges including The National Film School IADT. He currently lectures at UCD and the Open University. He is also a sought after film script and fiction writing coach.
His debut feature film, All About Eva, premiered at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival in 2014. His second feature, DannyBoy is a music-focused drama set in small town Ireland in 1981 and is set for release this year.
The second edition of Cartoon City is published with 451 Editions, and will be launched in 2020, in time for a twentieth anniversary second edition.