Stephen Rea is a freelance writer based out of New Orleans who has
contributed to national and international newspapers, magazines, and Web sites
for over twenty years. He has worked for England's Daily News and
Western Daily Press in the features, sports, and entertainment departments.
When he was only seventeen, the Sun daily newspaper chose him as their
first-ever trainee reporter, and he covered a range of news stories, from the
Gulf War and terrorist attacks in London to the resignation of Prime Minister
Rea attended Campbell College in his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
He studied journalism at the United Kingdom's National Council for the Training
of Journalists before joining the Sun. After moving to New Orleans with
his wife, Rea won a writing grant from the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans
Literary Festival in 2006.
After his move to New Orleans, Rea struggled to find an outlet for his love
of soccer. He discovered an Irish bar in New Orleans's Mid-City area called Finn
McCool's, an eccentric blend of locals and ex-pats. The men eventually formed a
club team and joined a league—the perfect place for Rea to play soccer and
express his love of the game. He wrote Finn McCool's Football Club
while he was displaced to Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Katrina, and the
story follows not only Rea's struggles through that difficult period, but the
rest of the team's as well.
Stephen Rea's eclectic life has led him to more than one hundred countries,
all seven continents, and all fifty U.S. states. Born in Belfast, Northern
Ireland, he spent his childhood against the backdrop of bombings and shootings
in that country during the seventies and eighties. At the age of sixteen, he
went on tour with rock star Ozzy Osbourne and later traveled the world as his
assistant road manager, contributing a chapter to Osbourne's official biography
Diary of a Madman. In New Orleans, Rea served as the media relations
officer for the Shell Shockers, the city's minor league soccer club. Rea lives
with his wife and daughter in New Orleans, Louisiana