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SMC Writer-in-Residence, Celtic Studies Program: Bernard MacLaverty

Bernard MacLavertyThe Celtic Studies Program, St Michael’s College, University of Toronto, is happy to announce a new initiative, an Artist-in-Residence Program made possible by the generosity of funding from The Ireland Fund of Canada. The first artist will be the acclaimed Irish writer Bernard Maclaverty, who will be on campus at St. Michael’s College during the month of October 2007.

Bernard Maclaverty was born in Belfast and lived there until 1975 when he moved to Scotland with his wife, Madeline, and four children.

After living for a time in Edinburgh and the Isle of Islay he now lives in Glasgow. He is a member of Aosdána in Ireland and is Visiting Writer/Professor at the University of Strathclyde.

Currently he is employed as a teacher of creative writing on a postgraduate course in prose fiction run by the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

He has published five collections of short stories and four novels. He has written versions of his fiction for other media - radio plays, television plays, screenplays. Recently he wrote and directed a short film Bye-Child. His novels include Lamb (1980), Cal (1983), Grace Notes (1997), and his most recent work is a collection of short stories Matters of Life and Death (2006).

MacLaverty will be giving public readings, interviews and workshops, and students are encouraged to meet with him to discuss their own writing. He will be giving a reading at St Michael’s College on Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 6 p.m. in Robert Madden Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street. For more information, please contact the Celtic Studies Program at 416-926-7145 or email celtic.studies@utoronto.ca

June 4, 2007 | Photo: © Jude MacLaverty