Deirdre Kessler

Deirdre Kessler is an author, poet, and former Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island.

Her most recent publication is a novel, Darwin's Hornpipe, published by Penumbra Press.

She is a sessional professor of creative writing, children's literature, and the course on L.M. Montgomery with the University of Prince Edward Island Department of English.

Among her 28 published books are 18 books for children, including Adventures of an Island Cat Named Brupp (Indigo Press, 2023) and Canadian Book Centre Award-winning novels about a cat named Brupp, a Maritime classic picture book, Lobster in My Pocket, illustrated by Brenda Jones, Lena and the Whale, and Dreamtime.

She has been a writer in residence in many locations in Canada as well as in Hobart, Tasmania, and Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Her books have been translated into Dutch and German and she has toured in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, as well as in the U.S.A. Her poetry includes Afternoon Horses, The Jubilance of Jig, Subtracting by Seventeen, and Rearranging the Sky

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City: Charlottetown, Province/Territory: Prince Edward Island
poetry, children's fiction, nonfiction, plays
Darwin's Hornpipe
Penumbra Press
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
Any number, large or small
Presentation Genre
all ages
Presentation Length
60 minutes for reading; longer if writing workshop involved.
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Have given perhaps 1000 readings over the years to all ages. Contact me for particulars.

Presentation Fee(s)
TWUC standard fee.
Workshop details
Audience Size
10-40 participants
Intended Audience
I work with elementary, high school, university, and adult groups. I conducted seniors' college writing workshops for six years at UPEI and have given many writing & yoga workshops (a GREAT combination).
Workshop Length
from 1.5 hrs. to all-day to weekend.
Workshop Description
Workshop description

Contact me.

Workshop Fee(s)
TWUC fee
School presentation details
Audience Size
see above
Intended Audience
see above
Presentation Length
see above
Presentation Description
Presentation description

Contact me.

Presentation Fee(s)
TWUC fee + transportation & accommodation (if nec.)
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