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.

Dodos, Dragons, & Maps

They say not to rest on your laurels, but since Tyler was awarded the Journey Prize 2014 for his story 'Sealskin' last month, we at his publicity team feel he has been doing just that, as we haven't had much to blog or write about.  When bringing him his coffee, or a new notepad (he pays us, but definitely gets his money's worth) we often find him sitting at the window of his writing room, gazing vacantly at the landscape of the Brecon Beacons, with a fond and reminiscent smile on his face.  We are of the opinion that he is replaying the awards ceremony in his mind at these moments, but when asked about this he always wheels himself back to his desk, Professor X style, and claims he was thinking up a line for his latest story (the screen is always blank).

In any event, just to prove to us that he is not, in fact, merely dwelling on past glory, Tyler has had two recent short story publications we thought worth mentioning.  The first is a contribution to a joint Welsh and Mauritian antholgoy, entitled When young Dragons Meet Young Dodos, edited by Alan Perry, Sachita Samboo, and Barlen Pyamootoo, and featuring a variety of authors aged 35 and under. 

Second is a piece in the Literary Map of Wales anthology, edited by John Lavin; the book collects the series of tales John commissioned from various authors across Wales.  Each takes place in a different area of the country, and Tyler's story, 'Fabrications,' is set a 'fabricated' version of the town Llanidloes, where he used to hang his hat.  The piece was first published in Wales Arts Review and can be read in its entirety here.

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