Robert Priest


Summer 2014

I'm pretty pleased about the publication of my new book, The Paper Sword volume 1 in the Spell Crossed series. I love the cover and I just got a 4 and a half star review in Canadian Materials Magazine so...

Just last September my new book of poetry Previously Feared Darkness came out with ECW press. I toured England and Ireland and Paris with it and I've been on the receiving end of some high praise from readers and critics.

The June before that—only 14 months ago and still very fresh in my memory, my longtime labour of love, a book of children's poems about inspirational figures, Rosa Rose, was published by Wolsak and Wynn with a very elegant cover and drawings by Joan Krygsman. We got an award for it—a silver Moonbeam award in the US. I love this book!

The year before that my first CD of songs in a long time, Feeling The Pinch, came out and got a goodly amount of college radio play and even some CBC coverage. Reviews were good to ecstatic—even in Now Magazine.

I do a lot of things so here are some other items of note.

Previous collection of poetry for adults—Reading The Bible Backwards went to #2 on the Globe and Mail’s Poetry chart.

Co-wrote the number one hit, Song Instead of a Kiss, with Alannah Myles.

My aphorisms have appeared in The Farmer's Almanac and Colombo's Canadian Quotations.

My musical play Minibugs and Microchips received a $25,000 Chalmer's Award.

My novel, Knights of the Endless Day got an 'Our Choice Award' from the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

Both of my previous books of poems for children: Daysongs Nightsongs, and The Secret Invasion of Bananas made it to the CBC's recommended reading list.

My book The Mad Hand won the Acorn People's Poetry Award.

As Dr. Poetry I wrote and performed thirteen segments for CBC radio's spoken-word show Wordbeat.

I have toured the world as a poet and singer-songwriter. For the past 2 and a half years I have performed a set of songs on the second Sunday of every month at the Tranzac club in Toronto. I am available for concerts with my Great Big Face Band.

I am available to give talks, workshops, recitals and concerts in schools through the League Of Canadian Poets and The Writers Union’s writers in the schools program. I can also be booked privately through my contact coordinate below.

I do occasional pieces for Toronto's weekly Now Magazine.

I invite you to click around and have a look and listen.
Google stories by me (and a few about me) in Now Magazine
The Paper Sword (2014)
Robert's new epic fantasy novel!
Check out this online collection of spoken word performances captured on video.

The Milton Acorn Memorial People's Poetry Award, 1989
Special Choice Award, Children's Book Centre, 1993
Socan Airplay Award, 1994
Chalmer's Award, Theatre for Young Audiences, 1998

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