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Writer-in-Residence

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We are excited to welcome Writer-in-Residence Jane Urquhart to the London Public Library!

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Jane Urquhart was born in the far north of Ontario, Canada. She is the author of eight internationally acclaimed novels, including The Whirlpool, which received Le prix du meilleur livre étranger in France; Away, winner of the Trillium Award, The Underpainter, winner of the Governor General’s Award and a finalist for The Orange Prize in the UK, and The Stone Carvers, which was a finalist for The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, and for Britain’s Booker Prize. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, and four books of poetry, and she has also written a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery, and was editor of the most recent Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories. Her work, which is published in many countries, has been translated into numerous foreign languages. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2016 she published A Number of Things; Stories of Canada told through 50 Objects, which was commissioned by publisher HarperCollins to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Urquhart has received several honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, and the Royal Military College. She has served on the Board of PEN Canada and on the Advisory Board for the Restoration of the Vimy Memorial, and on several international prize juries including that of the International Dublin IMPAC Award, the Giller Prize, The Governor Generals Award Fiction Jury, The Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, and the American International Neustadt Award. She has also been writer-in-residence at University of Toronto, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and was appointed 2017-2018 Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin Ireland. She has taught creative writing at each of these institutions and is an adjunct professor in the School of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto.

Her most recent novel, The Night Stages, was released in 2015 by Farrar Straus Giroux in the USA, McClelland and Stewart in Canada, and Oneworld in the UK, and in translation elsewhere.

Jane Urquhart lives in Northumberland County, Ontario, with her husband, artist Tony Urquhart, and in the past three decades she has spent a portion of each year in Ireland.

Office Hours

Jane Urquhart will be available for thirty minute one-on-one consultations on Mondays from 1-5:30PM, beginning Monday, January 13 to Monday, March 30.

To book an in-person appointment at the Central Library, email wir@lpl.ca or call (519) 661-4600.

Appointments also available at Western University on Tuesdays. Please contact Vivian Foglton to schedule, vivian.foglton@uwo.ca or (519) 661-3403.

Submissions for one-on-one consultations is up to 10 pages of written work. Please also include a synopsis of the project and a very short history of your writing ie. publishing credits, genre(s) you are working in, favourite writers or writers most like your own work. Submissions should be received at least 10 days prior to appointment times.

If you are unable to make your appointment for any reason, please call or email the library to cancel.

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The Writer-in-Residence program is co-sponsored by the James A. and Marjorie Spenceley Fund, Department of English and Writing Studies, the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and London Public Library Donors.

Visit The Writer-in-Residence Program at the Department of English and Writing Studies @WesternU web page for more information about the Writer-in-Residence program at Western University, and for information on how to apply for this position.