Patrick Doherty grew up in Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point. He is the seventh son of nine children. He attended the Colgan Hall in Carndonagh, Donegal. At Manchester he studied French and PE which included taking a year out to work as a teaching assistant in France. He taught French in a secondary school in Manchester for eight years before transferring to primary education in Lancashire where he worked for twenty-two years until his retirement from Headship in 2006.
With farming in his blood Patrick spent the next five years working as a milking assistant on a dairy farm of three hundred cows. During this period he attended creative writing courses and set up a local creative writing group which practised fiction, non-fiction and poetry. By 2011 he had completed a two years part-time MA in creative writing which was followed by a part-time PhD in Irish autobiography which included an early version of his memoir about growing up in Donegal. A revision of his memoir resulted in the publication of ‘I am Patrick: A Donegal Childhood Remembered’ by Clachan Publishing. Patrick considers himself to be Ireland’s most northerly memoirist.
Patrick now lives and writes in France. Having finished his memoir he now wants to record his reflections on writing his memoir.