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.

Hometown Tales is a series of books published by Wiedenfeld & Nicolson (Orion Publishing) pairing exciting new voices with some of the most talented and important writers at work today. Some of the tales are fiction and some are narrative non-fiction - they are all powerful, fascinating and moving, and aim to celebrate regional diversity and explore the meaning of home.


Tyler was selected as the ‘established’ author for the Hometown Tales Wales book, and was lucky enough to be teamed up with award-winning newcomer Eluned Gramich. Their two novellas make up the book. Tyler’s contribution, 'Last Seen Leaving', is a gripping account of the days following the disappearance of a local man. 'The Lion and the Star' by Eluned Gramich is a vivid retelling of the Welsh language protests that electrified Cardiganshire in the 1970s and the impact of the protests on ordinary lives. Though different in terms of style, point-of-view, and time period, the works are strikingly complementary in their exploration of landscape, atmosphere, and themes of belonging, relationships, migration, and displacement.

The book was published in June, 2018, alongside other Hometown Tales books based in Birmingham, The Midlands, The Highlands and Hebrides, Yorkshire, Lancashire, The South Coast, and Glasgow. The launch of Hometown Tales Wales was marked by an event at the Hay Literature Festival, hosted by Dylan Moore, author of Driving Home Both Ways (Parthian, 2018). Hometown Tales Wales can be ordered directly from the publisher, through your local independent bookshop (ISBN 978-1474608718 ), from Waterstones, or via Amazon.

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