Jim Read


It was English and History at Mount Alison University in Sackville, New Brunswick on the edge of the Tantramar Marsh.

I completed my adventures in higher education in the Theatre Department at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, right on the edge, in those days.

My poetry has been published in various venues including First Encounter, CBC Anthology, Portico, Quarry, Poetry Toronto. A short story entitled ‘The Weekend Out With All Our Coins’ was recently published by The Antigonish Review. Front and Centre will publish my story, "The Libarians" fall 2011.

Plays include ‘In God’s Own Country’ produced by the Ryerson Studio Theatre, ‘Night and Fog’ (co-authored with Bill Penner) produced in cooperation with the Belfry Theatre in Victoria and Flight of the Snails for the Ottawa Little Theatre.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Spot Sees Jane. Spot was a dog and Jane was the pretty girl in the row next to me who had bright blue eyes and black bangs and knew the answers to everything.
When did you first start writing?
My last year of high school. I had an English teacher who got us to write a poem. I did. It had something to do with a beach and the tide.
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Where to find Jim Read online


Dispatches From The Belleisle And Other Stories
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 50,480. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Previously published and now collected in one volume the characters in the twelve narratives that comprise Dispatches From The Belleisle And Other Stories are completely believable, compelling and entertaining. From picturesque Belleisle Bay to the frozen expanse of the Canadian north Dispatches rewards the reader with lively action and a genuinely robust serving of comedy and drama.

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