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Michael Elcock

Michael Elcock

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Michael Elcock was born in Forres, Scotland and grew up in Edinburgh and West Africa. He emigrated to Canada when he was twenty-one and worked in pulp mills, in the woods as a faller, on west coast fishing boats, and as a ski instructor. Along the way he earned a B.A. and M.Ed. in comparative studies at the University of Victoria - with post-graduate studies in Quebec, Sweden, Germany, Belgium and Scotland. He was Athletic Director at the University of Victoria for ten years, before going into the field of festivals and events. He was subsequently appointed founding CEO of Tourism Victoria, before moving some years later with his wife and daughter to Andalusia to work on developing Spain’s World Expo. He has broadcast for the BBC, and published many articles on a wide variety of subjects in periodicals, newspapers, magazines and anthologies in the UK, and Canada. Michael has served on TWUC's National Council, and on the Board of Directors of Access Copyright. He now lives in Victoria, BC.

c/o Writers' Union of Canada
I write professionally in the following language(s):


Transactions with the Fallen (Pending). 2024, Rock Mills Press
Eyes of Rain and Ragged Dreams: Coming of Age in Edinburgh. 2017, Muckle Knock
The Gate. 2011, Oolichan Books
Writing on Stone. 2006, Oolichan Books
A Perfectly Beautiful Place. 2004, Oolichan Books
Eyes of Rain and Ragged Dreams: Coming of Age in Edinburgh. 2017, Audible


Radio Prague (Literary Essay) for by broadcast, 2009
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Presentation Description

I have written books, magazine & newspaper articles, essays and pieces for anthologies, and given public presentations (some with PowerPoint) on subjects including Travel, Sport/Recreation, Living in Spain, the Internet ('21st Century Clearances'), Urban Renewal in the Third World, Scotland's strong women, Spirits of the Glens, Scotland's Diaspora, The Mounties' Great Trek, Map Reading, The Shepherd of Banbury (a gentle parable on Climate Change), Brushes with Greatness, Working with the Kichwa of Ecuador & the Macusi people of Guyana, and a wide range of other subjects.

Presentation Length:
10 to 60 minutes - depending on audience and subject
Travel & Anecdotal History, Sport/Recreation, The World of Urban Deer, Tourism, Scotland's Highland Clearances, Migration, Robert Louis Stevenson & the Lepers of Molokai, The Road to the Isles, Poaching, Brushes with Greatness, and much more.
Age 6 to 96 - with appropriate subject matter.
Audience Size:
Any size
Are you available for school visits?:
School Presentation Description:

Subject matter will depend on school/teaching requirements.

School Presentation Length:
15 to 50 minutes
School Intended Audience:
School Audience Size:
Can be any size depending on school/teacher requrements
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program: