Britt Hagarty was born in Victoria, Canada, in 1949. He moved to Vancouver in 1966 where he met bill bissett, who later published some of his poetry. Influenced by bissett, haggarty decided to no longer capitalize his name. haggarty struggled with heroin addiction and was repeatedly arrested for marijuana possession. His novelized memoirs featuring a fictionalized version of himself named Sean Gallagher, - Prisoner of Desire (Talonbooks) and Sad Paradise (Talonbooks) - were published between 1976 and 1978. He later wrote a biography of singer Gene Vincent (1935-1971) entitled The Day the World Turned Blue (Talonbooks, 1983). He died in a hospital after being hit by a car on Halloween night in 1999 when he crossed a road in the middle of night wearing all black.