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Peter Midgley

Peter Midgley

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When Peter Midgley let out his first yelp, the doctor said, “F$%^! Put a stopper in that!” The nurse promptly shoved his foot in his mouth, which is where it has been ever since. He takes it out occasionally to change feet. Peter is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and plays (some have even won awards or were shortlisted) and has been editing books for thirty years.  Peter wrote his first book when he was twelve. It was awful, and he hopes his writing has improved since then.




let us not think of them as barbarians. 2019, NeWest Press.
Unquiet Bones. 2015, Wolsak & Wynn.
counting Teeth: A Namibian Story. 2014, Wolsak & Wynn.
perhaps i should / miskien moet ek. 2010, Kalamalka Press.
The Diary of Iris Vaughan [2nd, revised edition]. 2010, Juvenilia Press.
Grappling with the Beast: Indigenous South(ern) African RespGosnes to Colonialism. 2010, Brill.
Umlindo omde kaVusi [isiXhosa translation of Vusi’s Long Wait]. 2007, Maskew Miller Longman.
The Diary of Iris Vaughan. 2004, Juvenilia Press.
B for Bullfrog. 2001., Maskew Miller Longman.
Vusi's Long Wait. 2001, Maskew Miller Longman.
Sol Plaatje: An Introduction. 1997, NELM.
B for Bullfrog. 1996, Kagiso.
Thuli's Mattress. 1996, Cambridge University Press.


Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry (Shortlist) for let us not think of them as barbarians, 2020
Toronto Fringe New Play Contest [1st Runner-up] for Barbarians, 2017
Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize for Unquiet Bones, 2016
Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence , 2014
Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence, 2012
IBBY/ASAHI International Award for Literacy Promotion for Thulis' Mattress, 1996
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

I present story sets on African folk tales, as well as my own stories, for children and adults.

Presentation Length:
Storytelling: 45 mins; Workshop length variable.
Poetry, Fiction, Storytelling, Leadership
K-12; Adult
Audience Size:
Max. 60
Workshop Description:

I offer a range of workshops on editing, writing, creativity, and leadership. I can tailor workshops to school audiences (Grades 7-12) and to literary festivals and conferences. I also present workshops on creativity and leadership to businesses. Duration varies from 2 hours to full day, as required.