Join Newfoundland and Labrador authors Michael Crummey (Sweetland), Stan Dragland (The Bricoleur and His Sentences) and Sara Tilley (Duke: A Novel) at the Company House in Halifax for an evening of readings on Saturday, March 7.
About the authors:
Michael Crummey was born in Buchans, NL and is the author of four books of poetry and a book of short stories, Flesh and Blood. His second book of poetry inspired by his father and other relatives, Hard Light, was adapted to a documentary film directed by Justin Simms, produced for the NFB in 2011. His first novel, River Thieves, was a finalist for the 2001 Giller Prize and won the Thomas Head Raddall Award and the 2001 BMO Winterset Award. The Wreckage was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Galore won the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Novel (Canada and Caribbean) and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Michael lives in St. John’s, NL.
is a writer, theatre artist, and clown, who lives and works in her home town of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her artistic work bridges writing, theatre, and Pochinko Clown Through Mask technique, with each discipline informing and inspiring the others. After graduating with a BFA in Acting from York University, Sara founded a feminist theatre company, She Said Yes!, in 2002, and received the Rhonda Payne Theatre Award in 2006, which acknowledges the contribution of a woman working in theatre in Newfoundland and Labrador. || Her writing spans the genres of playwriting, prose and poetry. She has written, co-written or co-created eleven plays to date, all of which have received professional production. Skin Room
, her first novel (Pedlar Press, 2008), won both the Newfoundland and Labrador Percy Janes First Novel Award and the inaugural Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, and was shortlisted for the Winterset Award and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize. Sara won the Lawrence Jackson Writer’s Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council in 2011. || She’s been Writer in Residence at the Calgary Distinguished Writer’s Program, University of Calgary, at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon, at Landfall in Brigus NL, and at 2Rooms Contemporary Art projects in Duntara NL. Sara is one of a handful of Pochinko clown instructors in the world, having mentored with Ian Wallace in 2008. She offers Clown through Mask and Neutral Mask training in St. John’s and elsewhere across Canada. || Her new novel, Duke
(Pedlar Press, 2015), found its inspiration through mask work. www.saratilley.ca
Stan Dragland is Professor Emeritus, Department of English, The University of Western Ontario. He was founder of Brick magazine and Brick Books, and is still active with the latter. Peckertracks (1979) was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award; Floating Voice: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Literature of Treaty 9 (1994) won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian literary criticism: 12 Bars(2002) was co-winner of the bp Nichol Chapbook Award; Apocrypha: Further Journeys (2003) won the Newfoundland and Labrador Rogers Cable Award for non-fiction; Stormy Weather: Foursomes (2005) was shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award. Dragland has also published Journeys Through Bookland and other Passages (1984) and The Bees of the Invisible: Essays in Contemporary English Canadian Writing (1991). He is originally from Alberta and now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.