Thursday, January 10, 2008

Michael Crummey News

Acclaimed author named writer in residence

Internationally acclaimed writer Michael Crummey – author of The Wreckage, River Thieves, Flesh and Blood and three collections of poetry – is happy to be back at Memorial University as writer in residence for the winter 2008 term.

Mr. Crummey completed his BA in English literature in 1987 before departing for Kingston, Ontario, for postgraduate work.

Being back at Memorial “feels like a full turn of the wheel,” said Mr. Crummey. “I started writing poetry in my first year of university and had my first public exposure to the world through the Gregory Power Poetry Awards. Coming back now as some kind of an ‘established’ writer is a nice confirmation that I haven’t completely wasted the last 25 years.”

After discontinuing his PhD. in English at Queen’s University, Mr. Crummey published three books of poetry and a collection of short stories and then began work on the novel that would become The River Thieves. Short listed for the Giller Prize in 2001 and published in the U.S., U.K., France and Holland, this epic tale of early Newfoundland settlers and the Beothuk was a national bestseller. The Wreckage, published in 2005, is the story of young Newfoundland soldier Wish Fury and his beloved Sadie Parsons. It was nominated for the 2007 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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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.