Contributors / November 2008 (Issue 5)

Royston Tester
ImageRoyston Tester's short fiction collection, Summat Else (Porcupine's Quill) was published in 2004. Set in England, Spain and Canada, it explores the life and times of a 'delinquent' Enoch Jones. Tester's work has appeared in numerous Canadian and U.S. journals and anthologies. Two pieces, 'Seriously' and 'Face' were shortlisted for the 2006 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Literary Awards. Since the early 90's he has been a freelance editor and between 1993-5 co-edited Kairos, a Canadian literary journal. Tester has been a jury member for the Commonwealth Fiction Prize and, more recently, was first reader for the Writers' Union of Canada's 'Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers'. In Canada, he is a professor of literature and communications at Mohawk College---and has also taught 'English as a Second Language' at McMaster University and fiction-writing at the School for Writers, Humber College. In 1989, he travelled through the Brazilian Amazon, Middle East, and North Africa--and, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, has been writer-in-residence at various international locations: Hawthornden Castle, Scotland; the Danish Cultural Institute, Damascus; Fundacion Valparaiso, Almeria, Spain; CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, France; and Denkmalschmiedehöfgen, Leipzig, Germany. Throughout 2007-8---and between December-January 2008/9---he was artist-resident with Beijing's Red Gate Gallery and currently divides his time between the Chinese capital and Toronto. In August 2008, he published a travel memoir and guide, Qingdao: Wind in its Sails (Beijing Matric) and in September was awarded the title "City Promotional Ambassador" at a public ceremony hosted by the area government. His second collection of stories, You Turn Your Back is in final preparation for Biblioasis (Canada)--as well as a novel, Heather's Masterpiece. 'Pink Virgins of KFC' (published in issue #5 of Cha) is one of six pieces in a forthcoming work set in Beijing's main railway station, Prince of China. Tester will serve as a guest editor for the August 2009 issue of Cha. [Read]

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