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Richard Scarsbrook

Richard Scarsbrook

Photo: Photo by Danielle McMann (2021)

Richard Scarsbrook is the author of ten books, including the 2022 ReLit Award finalist The Troupers, The Indifference League, the National Post Bestseller Rockets Versus Gravity, and the OLA White Pine Award winner The Monkeyface Chronicles.

His short stories and poems have appeared in international publications such as The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, Reed, Descant, ExisterePrairie Fireand NeWest Review, amongst many others.

His first produced screenplay, Royal Blood, was an official selection at many international film festivals, and won Best Short Film at the TIFF-associated Milton Film Festival.

He has served as Writer in Residence for the Toronto District School Board, and the Orangeville, Richmond Hill, and the Toronto Public Libraries. He also teaches creative writing at George Brown College and The Humber School for Writers.

You can find out more about Richard’s writing adventures at  www.richardscarsbrook.com .

Email:
richardscarsbrook@gmail.com
City:
Toronto
Province:
Ontario

Publications

Cheeseburger Subversive. 2003, Thistledown Press
Featherless Bipeds. 2006, Thistledown Press
Destiny's Telescope. 2006, Turnstone Press
The Monkeyface Chronicles. 2010, Thistledown Press
Nothing Man and The Purple Zero. 2013, DCB / Cormorant Books
Six Weeks. 2013, Turnstone Press
The Indifference League. 2014, Dundurn Press
Rockets Versus Gravity. 2016, Dundurn Press
Apocalypse One Hundred. 2017, Turnstone Press
The Troupers. 2021, Cormorant Books

Awards

FINALIST, ReLit Award, for The Troupers, 2022
WINNER, Gold Award - Best Local Author, The Toronto Star Reader’s Choice Awards, 2020
WINNER, Best Short Film, Allegra Audience Choice Award, Milton Film Festival, for Royal Blood, 2020
FINALIST, Descant/Winston Collins Prize for Best Canadian Poem, for “Fortune”, 2013
WINNER, Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award, for The Monkeyface Chronicles, 2011
WINNER of the Matrix LitPop Award, for the story “Bankrupt”, 2009
FINALIST, Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Book Award, Featherless Bipeds, 2006
FINALIST, Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award, Cheeseburger Subversive, 2005
FINALIST, Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Book Award, Cheeseburger Subversive, 2005
FINALIST, the Stellar Book Award, Cheeseburger Subversive, 2005
WINNER, Lawrence House Centre for the Arts Short Story Competition, “The Twilight Girl”, 2002
WINNER of the New Orphic Short Story Contest, for "Sky and Earth", 2001
WINNER of the Scarborough Arts Council's Poetry Competition, for "Stop", and "High Diver", 2001
WINNER, Backwater Review's Hinterland Award for Prose, for "Benjamin's Aliens" , 1998
WINNER, Cranberry Tree Press Poetry Chapbook Competition, for Guessing at Madeline, 1998
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

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

Negotiable based on audience / institutional needs.

Presentation Length:
Negotiable
Genre:
Fiction, Poetry
Grades:
Adult, Teen, Middle Grade
Audience Size:
Any
Presenation:
Negotiable
Workshop Description:

Negotiable based on audience / institutional needs.

Workshop Length:
Negotiable
Workshop Intended Audience:
Adult, Teen, Middle Grade
Workshop Audience Size:
Any
Workshop Fee:
Negotiable
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

Negotiable based on audience / institutional needs.

School Presentation Length:
Negotiable
School Intended Audience:
Adult, Teen, Middle Grade
School Audience Size:
Any
School Presentation Fee:
Negotiable
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes