Copyright 2017 © Ken Hagan

FORGED IN ICE is published by Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent digital publisher.

Ken Hagan

‘Ken Hagan is represented by Kiran Kataria
of Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

There is an old Irish saying: “An té a bhíónn siúlach, bíonn scéalach.” — “The one who travels has stories to tell.” And yet, the stories I remember most are closer to home, the ones I heard as a child — recounted by old folks with wrinkled faces — while we sat after dark beside a good fire in the hearth.


I heard many a tale at the knee of my granny Ceannéidigh, whose modest cottage boasted no bathroom, but had a privy at the bottom of the garden. One night, having heard a particularly hair-raising tale, I was too scared to venture outside to relieve myself — Ma Ceannéidigh had to lead me by the hand. She had sensed the awe and excitement aroused by her tales in the mind of a six-year old child.

​​​​To those long winter nights by the fire - and to the dark tales, which the old folks told - I trace the roots of my storytelling . . . .​

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I was born in Ireland of Irish parents and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. Our family has Scottish origins two centuries back. From the remote past - according to unverified ancestral lore -  we lay claim to an Orcadian and Scandinavian heritage. After graduation, in pursuit of a business career, I have spent my entire adult life away from native soil, including a spell of ten years resident in the Middle East.