Born in 1934 into a mining family in industrial Cape Breton, Sheldon Currie graduated from high school, tried a variety of jobs and spent some time in the Royal Canadian Air Force before going to university and becoming a teacher, first in high school then in university at St. Francis University, BA, B.E, University of New Brunswick, MA, and University of Alabama, Ph.D.
He has written literary articles on the fiction of Flannery O’Connor, David Adams Richards and has been the fiction editor of The Antigonish Review. He has taught at the University of New Brunswick, St. Thomas University, the University of Alabama, Laval University in Quebec City, and for most of his career at St. Francis University. He received an honourary doctorate from St. Thomas University. He is retired from teaching and writing full time, fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews.
The title story of his first collection of short stories, The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum became the basis for the movie Margaret’s Museum which won the best picture award in Spain, and in Canada won six genie awards at the Montreal Film Festival in 1996. The novel, also entitled The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, won the CJCB Fiction Award and was adapted as a radio play and as a stage. The novel, The Company store, was adapted as a radio play for the CBC and later as a stage play for Mulgrave Road theatre. Two short stories, “Dies Irae” and “On Parle Par Coeur” (Okanogan Short Fiction Award) were shaped into a film script entitled Two More Solitudes and produced by Festival Antigonish. Another play Anna’s Story was adapted from his novel Down The Coaltown Road and produced in Sydney, Antigonish and Darthmouth. Some of his work was published in The Antigonish Review, The Montreal Review, Canadian Fiction Magazine and Canadian Author and Bookmen.
Short Story collections: The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum (Montreal, Deluge Press); The Story So Far (Breton Books, Sydney).
Novels: The Company Store (Ottawa, Oberon); The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum (Sydney, Breton Books); Down The Coaltown Road and Two More Solitudes both published by Key Porter (Toronto) and in a later edition by Pottersfield Press (Laurencence, NS.)
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