Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Michael Crummey at the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts

from the blog (Sea)suns

Michael Crummey on poetry and home

This morning I went to the first event of the first day of the Sunshine Coast Writers Festival. Hard to get over the festival is celebrating its 25th year. I thought—at 9 a.m.—I would be one of a small number of people in the theatre, but it was almost packed! Michael Crummey, Newfoundland writer and fantastic storyteller was a hit. Normally I don’t go to hear fiction writers read or talk about their work. I am drawn to poets and creative non-fiction and memoir writers. However, the write-up in the program said he has written 3 books of poetry. I thought of my friends Rob Madden and dianna hurford who write incredible, lyrical narratives, because of their strong roots in poetry. So I was hoping Mr. Crummey would begin from his roots, his family, his own stories.

He did [...]

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Michael Crummey is also the author of three poetry collections: Arguments with Gravity, Hard Light, and Salvage. Hard Light: 32 Little Stories is available in an audio edition from Rattling Books read by Michael Crummey, Ron Hynes and Deidre Gillard-Rowlings.