Brian Hollywood
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Brian Hollywood missed out on last year's Conference on World Affairs. This was a mistake he hopes never to repeat. Currently taking shelter at the BBC in Belfast, he is involved in making political programs such as Hearts & Minds and current affairs documentaries such as Spotlight. He is a frequent broadcaster on a variety of radio and television arts programs, including The Eleventh Hour, a popular television culture show, and the weekly political discussion show Straightalking. Hollywood also writes poetry and crime fiction and is a director of the Between the Lines literary festival in Ireland.

Following a short and very forgettable career editing law books at the Centre for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Hollywood was a research fellow in criminology at Queens University. While at Queens he taught a variety of courses, but specialized in the sociology of deviance. His Ph.D. was on the subject of moral panics and drug use.

Brian Hollywood's greatest wish is to have lunch with Lauren Bacall at the Plaza in New York one day--though a diner in Des Moines would do.