One of Ireland’s most respected music writers, Jackie Hayden spent 29 years with Hot Press where he interviewed artists of the stature of Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones, Christy Moore, Sinead O’Connor, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Drew, Glen Hansard and Bob Geldof.
He topped the Irish book charts with two editions of My Boy, his book about Philip Lynott. Jackie has also written Love and Theft? Bob Dylan’s Celtic Odyssey, The Winner In Me (his biography of Don Baker), and the CD/book A Map Of Love – Around Wales With Dylan Thomas.
Prior to his writing career, he was marketing manager with Sony Music (then known as CBS), where he signed U2 to their first record contract.
He has delivered witty and informative addresses to various seminars around Europe. In his lecture Dylan, Dylan and Me, Jackie talks about discovering Dylan Thomas via Bob Dylan and The Beatles.
He has written for many overseas publications, including Sunday Times, R2, The Lampeter University Review, and Ninnau in the USA.
In 2015 he was “writer-in-residence” at Tranas Literary Centre in Sweden. Jackie spoke about Dylan Thomas as part of World Poetry Day at the State Theatre in Uppsala.