Tyler Keevil's Writing Room

'Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories - and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories.' - Alice Munro

Tyler Keevil is an award-winning writer from Vancouver, Canada.  He is the author of three novels - Fireball, The Drive, and No Good Brother - and the short story collection, Burrard Inlet.

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Tyler Keevil is an award-winning author from Vancouver, Canada. He writes novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, and screenplays.  He studied English and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, and while there took part in an exchange program that brought him to Lancaster University. After graduating, he lived in Prague for a time, before returning to the UK on a work visa, and eventually settling in Mid Wales. There he got a job with Theatr Powys, a theatre in education company, and at the same time began submitting his stories to various periodicals. Since then, he has received several awards for his short fiction and filmmaking.  He writes both literary and genre fiction, and his work has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including Brace, Interzone, New Welsh Review, and PRISM: International.

 


To help fund his studies and writing, Tyler has worked at a variety of odd jobs in Canada and the UK: as a tree-planter in northern BC, a deckhand on an ice barge, a labourer at the Canfisco shipyards, and also in factories, bakeries, restaurants, and video stores. These experiences have informed and inspired much of his short fiction. He is now a Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at Cardiff University, and lives in South Wales with his wife and children.

His debut novel Fireball was published by Parthian Books in 2010, and was longlisted for Wales Book of the Year, and received the Book of the Year People's Prize 2011. His next novel,The Drive, an epic road trip adventure set in the Pacific Northwest, was published by Myriad Editions in August 2013.  The book was selected as an editor's pick at Litro and Waterstones, and shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year - going on to win the People's Choice Award.  In 2014, Burrard Inlet, Tyler's first collection of short fiction, was published.  The book was nominated for numerous awards, and one of the stories from the collection, 'Sealskin,' received the $10,000 Writers Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.  This autumn, Locarno Press will be publishing the Canadian version of the collection, called Sealskin.  In February, The Borough Press (HarperCollins) published Tyler's latest novel, No Good Brother, as a hardback.

 


Tyler is represented by Becky Thomas at the Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency.  Tyler is available for readings, events, and festivals; he also teaches Creative Writing at Cardiff University and runs writing workshops with aspiring writers of all ages.  Inquiries can be directed to Becky at becky@johnsonandalcock.co.uk. News, info, and updates for this site can be sent to trixterwebdesigns@outlook.com.

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