Associate Professor, English
Co-ordinator, Creative Writing Program
MFA, Creative writing, Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas, Austin (1998).
MA, Writing Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University (1996).
BA (Honours), English Literature, Queen’s University (1983).
Certificate in Stage Management London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) London, U.K (1985).
19th century drama and literature
I began my career in theatre, including a brief stint working with a young Robert Lepage in Toronto. While living in England and working on my first novel, Thinking About Magritte, I wrote a radio play for BBC Radio 4, The Bagel Philosopher, which was eventually followed by another, Once in a Blue Moon. At the same time, I worked in the script department at the National Theatre, as well as for the BBC, Channel 4 and Paul Jackson productions (producer of Blackadder, among other shows).
Recently, I have gone back to the form I love best: radio drama, with one play (A Happy State) recently completed and a series of others in the works. My next project will be a radio play centred on the relationship between the 19 th century poet, Arthur Clough and his employer, Florence Nightingale.
I have acted as a juror for both the Alberta and Quebec Writers Federation.
“Come Into the Garden, Maud”, Queen’s Quarterly , Fall 2002 , pp. 411- 430. This essay examines the way in which religion and science intersected in the creation of the physic (botanical) garden.
Once in a Blue Moon, BBC Radio 4, England (June 1993)
The Bagel Philosopher, BBC Radio 4 (March 1992). Excerpted on Pick of the Week. Re-broadcast on BBC World Service (June 1993).
I have given readings of my novels at the Southbank Centre (London, U.K) and, twice, at the Harbourfront Festival in Toronto.
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