Five x Five
Michael Crummey on Megan Gail Coles:
The characters in Megan Gail Coles’ Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome have a love/hate relationship with Newfoundland. I have a love/hate relationship with Megan Coles. Her stories are blistering and hilarious and make me feel happy to be alive. And a bit like an old fart who should look for other work. I expect great things ahead for her. I expect to feel grateful and sick with jealousy.
Megan Gail Coles is a playwright and fiction writer whose debut story collection, Eating Habits of the Chronically Lonesome (Killick Press), won the 2014 BMO Winterset Award and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company in St. John’s, where she resides. Coles was selected by Michael Crummey.
Michael Crummey was the inaugural winner of the Writers’ Trust’s Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for emerging writers in 1994, and in 2007 won the Writers’ Trust Timothy Findley Award for his body of work to date. He has published six collections of poetry and five works of fiction for which he has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize andthe International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, among other honours. He lives in St. John’s.
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